The All-in roulette strategy is the most volatile strategy for this game I could think of. It’s extremely risky, as you are extremely likely to just lose everything in a couple of spins. However, if you manage to win those couple of spins, there will be a huge reward waiting for you.
The All-in roulette strategy is very simple. It’s played by going all-in and wagering your entire bankroll in one game round once or multiple times in a row, depending on how much you want to win. It has only two possible outcomes – you either lose everything, which is very likely, or you reach your target amount and walk away with a big win.
I’ll start by saying that this strategy really isn’t for anyone. Although it has great RTP and enables huge wins, it’s just too volatile for a vast majority of players who actually want to enjoy a game of roulette for more than a couple of minutes. It’s definitely an extreme strategy that I thought of mostly to demonstrate the effects of huge variance in action.
Keep reading this article and learn:
- How can you benefit from extremely high volatility?
- What are the downsides of going all in?
- What are your chances to win huge amounts of money using this strategy?
- How the All-in strategy works
- Chances to win – statistics and calculations
- Conclusion and recommendations
Note: This article focuses specifically on the All-in roulette strategy. There are other great strategies that are less volatile and have a more balanced risk-to-reward ratio. Be sure to check them out in the main article with all of my roulette strategies.
The All-in strategy is extremely simple. It works by finding the shortest path between the initial bankroll and the win you want to walk away with, and following it. To be absolutely clear, I’ll describe it more thoroughly. Here are the individual steps:
- Pick a starting bankroll and an amount of money you want to win.
- Find the succession of bets you need to place to get from the starting bankroll to the goal amount in as few spins as possible.
- Follow the series of bets and hope for the best.
Here’s an example that might be easier to picture this strategy in use. A player has $100 and wants to win at least $10,000. There are multiple series of bets he can choose from:
- $100 * 36 (Straight up) * 3 (Row) = $10,800
- $100 * 18 (Split) * 6 (Six line) = $10,800
- $100 * 12 (Street) * 9 (Corner) = $10,800
Let’s say the player chose option #2. He wagers his $100 on a Split bet, for a potential win of $1,800. If he wins this bet, he then places his $1,800 on a Six line, hoping to win $10,800. If he manages to win these two bets in a row, he completes the mission and can happily leave the casino, although it’s not very likely.
In terms of the expected return it really doesn’t matter which of these options the player choses. As the RTP of any roulette bet is the same (at least in single zero roulette), it really doesn’t matter. The chances of getting to $10,800 are the same, as long as the player only places two individual bets in total. If you found another way to get from $100 to $10,800 using a higher number of individual bets, your chance to get there would be lower.
Bet size limits
There is one issue this extremely volatile strategy can run into – the bet size limits imposed by the casino. The minimum bet limits shouldn’t be an issue with this strategy for most players, but the maximum bet limits can be, if you are aiming for a really big win.
If your aim is to win for example the $10,800 I mentioned in my example earlier, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, if your target amount of money is higher, be sure to check the table limits first and find out if you are able to place the entire sequence of bets in case you get lucky and actually get to the last bet.
What’s more, pay attention to the specifics of bet size limits. The casinos often have various maximum bet limits for different bet types, allowing you to bet much more on Color than they allow you to bet Straight up. Using this kind of bet size limits, the casinos effectively limit the amount you can win in one spin. Always check the bet size limits before playing.
Does order of the bets matter?
I’ve already talked about the fact that the individual bets don’t matter at all in terms of RTP, as long as the number of bets in the sequence remains the same. However, there is one thing the individual bets and their order influence – the time of play.
Let’s say you chose the first option from the three I mentioned earlier and you want to get from $100 to $10,800 by placing a Straight up bet and a Dozen bet. You have two possible ways to try to do this:
- Bet $100 on a number Straight up and then, if you win, place a $3,600 Dozen bet.
- Place a $100 Dozen bet and then, if you win, place a $300 bet on a number Straight up.
In both cases, you have the same chance to win $10,800. However, in the first case, you lose 36/37 of your first game rounds and only have a 1/37 chance to be able to place the second bet. If you switch up the bets, you’ll have a 12/37 chance to play both spins. That means you’ll statistically play 1.027 roulette spins in the first case and 1.324 roulette spins in the second one. It’s a very small difference, but it’s still something worth noting.
For all other roulette strategies I tested, I used simulations to show how they work across a larger number of spins. However, for the All-in strategy, simulations don’t really make sense, as you’ll almost never want to play more than 3 spins in a row. A small number of spins as this one can be very nicely expressed using simple statistics and calculations.
Note: You can start using this strategy with basically any amount on money, as long as you can cover the minimum bet at the brick-and-mortar or online casino you are playing at. I will start with $10 in my examples and not with $100 as I do with all other strategies, because of the extremely high volatility.
|Target amount ($10 start)||Bet sequence||Probability to win||Average cost|
|$120 (12x)||Street (12x)||32.43% (12/37)||$0.27 (2.7%)|
|$360 (36x)||Straight up (36x)||2.7% (1/37)||$0.27 (2.7%)|
|$720 (72x)||Straight up (36x) – Color (2x)||1.315% (1/37 * 18/37)||$0.53 (5.33%)|
|$1,080 (108x)||Straight up (36x) – Dozen (3x)||0.877% (1/37 * 12/37)||$0.53 (5.33%)|
|$3,240 (324x)||Straight up (36x) – Corner (9x)||0.292% (1/37 * 4/37)||$0.53 (5.33%)|
|$12,900 (1,290x)||Straight up (36x) – Straight up (36x)||0.073% (1/37 * 1/37)||$0.53 (5.33%)|
|$116,640 (11,664x)||Straight up (36x) – Straight up (36x) – Corner (9x)||0.008% (1/37 * 1/37 * 4/37)||$0.79 (7.89%)|
As you can see, the average cost only depends on the number of bets you place in a succession. The first two examples consist only of one bet each, which means the roulette house edge (2.7%) gets applied only once.
The four following examples consist of two bets, which means the house edge gets applied two in times in a row, causing the players to lose more in the long run. There are three bets in the last example, which is why the average cost is the highest.
The theoretical return of this strategy is great, especially when compared to the possible wins you can achieve, but the chances to win big are extremely low, as you would expect. It’s a good strategy to try out if you have a couple of bucks you don’t mind losing, but you really shouldn’t expect to win huge amounts of money, as it’s really unlikely.
Regardless of whether you win or lose, you will only play two or three spins tops. If you are looking for a way to play roulette that actually lets you enjoy the game for longer periods of time, I strongly suggest checking out other of my roulette strategies. You might find a better alternative there.
However, if you decide to use the All-in strategy, make sure to have realistic expectations and to check the bet size limits in your brick-and-mortar or online casino thoroughly, so that you know whether you’ll be able to place the last bet of your series in case you manage to make it that far.