Introducing the Anti-Martingdale Betting Strategy: Keep That Winning Streak Alive!

BlockStamp Games
Jun 14, 2019 · 4 min read
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The anti-martingdale betting strategy — also known as the reverse martingdale — is exactly what it sounds like: a mirror image of the martingdale betting strategy.

We think of the anti-martingdale as the martingdale’s “little brother” because in addition to being relatively easy to understand and follow,

  • the payouts are less dramatic but
  • you can keep enjoying your game for longer.

Here’s how a basic version of the strategy works:

  • Make a bet with 50–50 odds of winning.
  • If you win, double the amount of your wager and make the same bet again.
  • If you lose, halve the amount of your wager and make the same bet again.

Just like with the martingdale, there are all kinds of variations on this strategy. For example:

  • You don’t necessarily have to have 50–50 odds in the strategy, but it is a straightforward way to get acquainted with the system!
  • You don’t necessarily have to double the wager amount after wins. But the basic principle is that you increase it somehow.
  • Likewise, you just have to decrease your wager amount after losses. Halving the amount is an easy way to approach this; otherwise you might just choose a minimum bet amount — e.g. 1 BST — that you revert to after losses.

The key assumption here is that you will get onto a winning streak.

When you do get on this winning streak, betting more on successive bets will help you cash in more and — so the idea goes — help you come out ahead.

And when you are not on a winning streak, you will limit your losses.

But remember that mathematicians and statisticians say there is no such thing as a winning streak!

Instead, they will say that the results of one bet has absolutely nothing to do with whether you won or lost — or will win or will lose — any other bet.

But at the same time, winning streaks do actually happen. Just ask anyone who has actually gambled! They just can’t be explained by statistical theory.

So if you do get on a winning streak — for whatever reason — the anti-martingdale will help you make the most of it.

Think of it this way:

With a martingdale, you’re hoping that an unlucky streak will not continue and you will come out ahead when it doesn’t.

With an anti-martingdale, you’re hoping that a lucky streak will continue and you will come out ahead when it does.

Just don’t try it in a typical casino!

Even a tiny house edge guarantees that your betting strategy will not work over the long term. It will gradually chip away at your funds no matter what.

That’s why you want to test it out with absolutely fair odds. You have them at BlockStamp Games!

So, assuming that you’re playing with totally fair odds…

The key practical advantage here is that you can stay in the game longer — and the disadvantage is that you need to stay in longer to come out ahead.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you start out with 100 BST. That’s the amount you have when starting a demo game at BlockStamp Games.

And let’s say your betting on the red color in No-Zero Roulette.

If you bet 4 BST and lose, you’re down to 96 BST remaining.

With an anti-martingdale, your next bet will be for 2 BST. If you lose, you’re down to 94 BST.

And then you bet 1 BST, which will bring you down to 93 BST if you lose.

And so forth. Obviously, if you are on a losing streak you are going to be able to stay in this game for a lot longer than with a martingdale, for example.

Now let’s say you’re down to 93 BST and you bet 0.5 BST and win. Yeah! You’re back up to 94 BST.

Next you bet 1 BST and win again. All right! Getting warm! Now you’re back up to 96 BST.

Now you bet 2 BST and win again! On fire, baby!

The thing is — now you’re back at 100 BST, which is where you started out in the first place.

As you can see, you need to keep this streak alive to actually come out ahead. Compare with a martingdale, you just need one win to come out ahead.

So which would you rather have?

Have it be tougher to stay in the game — and just need to get lucky once? Choose the martingdale.

Or have it easier to stay in the game — but need to get lucky repeatedly? Choose the anti-martingdale.

It’s up to you :) Let us know how you do!

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