• Recently I published an article on why the 666 Strategy is not good for beating Roulette.
  • The conclusions in that article were that, mathematically it just doesn’t work out, and over the long term the player is destined to lose all of their money. I began thinking about it a little more to see if there could be an approach where by the player can employ the Roulette 666 Strategy and ascertain a positive expectation.
  • The reason it is called the 666 strategy is because the numbers on a Roulette Wheel (1-36 and 0 & 00 for the American Wheel) add up to be 666. some people see this as proof that gambling is inherently evil.

The fundamental axiom of advantage play as stated by James Gorsjean, who is arguably the best advantage gaming mathematician and practitioner of all time, states: “Given the right set of circumstances and conditions any game a casino offers can have a positive expectation.”

Here are the scenarios where the player can have a positive expectation using the Roulette 666 Strategy:

  1. Play the lowest edge game possible. The American wheel works but the European and French variation of roulette are much better respectively.
  2. For Land-based casinos use promotional chips or the sign up bonus offers to cover some bets.
  3. Play only short periods of time.

The general theme of the Roulette 666 Strategy is to bet most of the numbers on the felt. Most people rightfully believe that this strategy cannot work, and on its surface it can’t. But in some instances it can work. Applying the listed protocols leads to a positive expectation for the game over the session of play. It is important to note that there is no difference between applying the modified strategy in land based roulette games or on online roulette games.


The general concept of the 666 strategy is to cover almost all of the numbers on felt with different size bets, adhering to this the assumption is one of the numbers will always hit. The derivation of the proof can be applied to any of the 3 variants; but is the strongest when used on the European wheel (house edge 2.7%) and the French wheel (house edge 1.35%) respectively.

The roulette 666 strategy covers all of the numbers on the table except for four. You need at least $66 per spin to use this system, but you could use multiples of $66 instead If you did that, you’d simply multiply the betting amounts in the example below by the factor you’re using.

The betting protocol works like this:

  1. You bet $36 on Red
  2. You bet another $24 on the following numbers: $4 on each of the following two-number bets: 0/2, 8/11, 10/13, 17/20, 26/29, 28/31.
  3. You place $2 bets on any 3 single numbers that you choose from the following: 4, 6, 15, 22, 24, 33 and 35. 
  4. This will leave only four numbers on the table that you haven’t bet on. If one of the four numbers you didn’t bet on comes up, then you lose all of your $66 or the multiple of this that you bet.
  5. In all other case, you’ll see a net win of $6 or the multiple of this that you bet.

Play the lowest edge game possible

The main reason the strategy fails is that it has a negative expectation. This means that the over time you will lose more than you win. See the article “Why The Roulette 666 Strategy Doesn’t Work”, for the mathematical derivation. The essence of the proof is that when one of the four numbers that you don’t bet hits it will wipe out any gains that you may have achieved. To beat the game using the 666 Strategy the player has to overcome this negative EV. So the question is how is this done?

The obvious solution is to bet nothing and win something. Akin to a free roll bet. Since is not a viable option in casino gaming, the next best thing is to reduce the amount of your own money that is wagered on a single spin of the ball.

Use promotional chips or bonus offers to cover bets


For live casino play this is how to approach it. After a player plays at a casino for a while and is a players’ card awards member, they will receive various comps form casinos to entice them to come back to the casino. Occasionally these comps will include casino chips. These chips are chips that can be wagered at the tables but not redeemed for cash. The nice thing about the chips is that if you win the bet then you get to keep the chip as well as get actual chips that can be redeemed for cash.

To utilizes the promotional chips for the Roulette 666 Strategy simply place the casino promotional chip on the even money bet in the betting strategy (Red or Black) and play the strategy for as long as you have the promotional chips. What you are doing here is reducing the amount of your own money that is wagered. This reduction in the out of pocket wager is enough to shift the expected value (EV) of the play from negative to positive, during the series of roulette spins when the promotional chip is utilized. We are mathematically reducing the loss potential while keeping win potential constant. Essentially the player is getting odds on their bet. The percentage shift is not dramatic but it is enough to swing the EV in the players favor.

In the world of online gaming we can apply a similar approach. Online casinos know that they can’t compete with land based casinos in the form RFB (Room, Food, and Beverage) comps. So they offer players free money to play with in the form sign up bonuses and play bonuses. The player receives a free No Deposit bonus when the sign up for an online casino and then they receive additional bonuses as their play continues. Like land based casino comps, online casinos offer better bonuses to the players who wager more money and play longer.

We can apply the same approach that was employed using the promotional chips in land based casinos. Many of the bonuses offered by online casinos are “sticky bonuses.” This means that they must be played and cannot be exchanged for cash, they must be played until the bonus is exhausted. This is similar to the way that the promotional chips work. And like the promotional chip approach in land based casinos players are wagering less money for the same payout. We again are shifting the percentages in the players favor for the duration that the free bonus money is wagered.

Play only short periods of time

The final aspect that must be utilized to have a positive EV using the Roulette 666 Strategy, is to play short sessions. Specifically the session has to be limited to the duration of croupier spins where the player has promotional chips or free bonus play that they are using. Betting less is the corner stone to a winning 666 Strategy. Playing without the free bet money will lead to bankrupting. So it is a critical part of the approach. 


The Roulette 666 strategy approach is negative expectation play on its surface but can be flipped to a positive using the methods described here. This is mainly because of the reduced out of pocket wagering. In the rare events that usually wipe out all the wins achieved by the player, the losses are not as much as they would be because the actual real dollars wagered is less, because of the promotional chips or bonus money wagered in the place of cash, and because the win would be the same as real money. The methods here will lead to a positive expectation over the long term for the 666 Strategy. And because of this we can beat the casino at roulette using the 666 strategy.

About the Author

Nicholas is a 17 year veteran of the casino gaming industry. He is former player manager with the infamous MIT Blackjack teams and is a regular attendee of the Blackjack Ball, a gathering of the world’s top professional gamblers.

He is the Managing Director of the Alea Consulting Group, a leading gaming consultant company with a focus on gaming economics and, is a frequent contributor to world class business publications like Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines’ and over 15 gaming trade publications. He is also the founder of Casino Exploits a player centric casino gaming site.