# Cover The Table Roulette Strategy

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Have you ever heard of the Cover Table System? Otherwise known as “cover all bases”, this technique is used by Roulette players to improve their odds by placing chips on as many numbers as possible. The idea is to maximise your chances of winning on every spin of the wheel.

So, is this strategy a winner? Read on to find out more!

## Different techniques to cover the table

How many numbers can be covered on a Roulette table? There are several techniques; one of the most popular is to place 5 “double street” bets – otherwise known as a line bet. The odds of winning are 30/37! If a player bets £1 on five double streets, each win will return a £1 profit. However, if you hit the wrong number or the ball lands on the Zero, you’ll lose £5.

## Betting options and payouts

Roulette offers several betting options, each with different odds and different payouts. Lucky straight bets will turn over a 35/1 payout, whereas betting on colours only offers a 1/1 return. The Cover the Table strategy is slightly different. The idea is to increase the odds of winning every time you spin the wheel. To put it briefly, the risk of loss is lower, but then so is the profit! This rule applies to all betting options, even if the numbers aren’t all covered.

## Cover the Table strategy: popular bets

To illustrate this point, we’ve used £1 unit stakes. The odds and payouts have been calculated according to the rules of a single-zero Roulette wheel.

### Bet 35 numbers

 Unit stake: £1 Total stake: £5 Numbers covered: 35 Potential profit: £1 Chances of winning: 94.59%
Betting on 35 numbers allows players to cover almost all of the table. Choose and place a starting bet of £1 on 35 different numbers. If the ball lands on one of those numbers, you’ll win £35 plus one pound profit. On the other hand, if the ball lands on a different slot, you’ll lose £35. Although this technique works almost every time, it’s not entirely reliable. Indeed, the house edge is still 2.7% for single-zero Roulette and 5.26 for double-zero Roulette!

Betting on all numbers (for example, 37 numbers at European Roulette) is a risky method that should be discouraged. Sure, it guarantees a win each time, but the overall outcome would still be negative.

### Bet 17 splits

 Unit stake: £1 Total stake: £17 Numbers covered: 34 Potential profit: £1 Chances of winning: 91.89%
A split is a bet on two touching numbers that offers a 17/1 payout. This technique requires players to place a bet on 17 of the 18 “splits” available. If the ball lands on one of the three remaining numbers (including the Zero), the player loses the bet.

### Bet 11 streets

 Unit stake: £1 Total stake: £11 Numbers covered: 33 Potential profit: £1 Chances of winning: 89.19%
Three horizontal numbers make a “street bet”. Player bets on 11 of the 12 streets on the table to cover 33 numbers and win a £1 profit. However, if the ball lands on the three remaining numbers or the zero slot, the player loses the bet.

### Bet 5 double streets

 Unit stake: £1 Total stake: £5 Numbers covered: 30 Potential profit: £1 Chances of winning: 81.08%
A double street is a bet on six numbers at once. Placing chips on 5 of the six double streets will maximise your chances of winning a £1 profit. On the other hand, if the ball lands on any remaining numbers, you’ll lose the initial £5 bet.

### Bet 1-18 and third dozen

 Unit stake: £1 Total stake: £5 Numbers covered: 30 Potential profit: £1 Chances of winning: 81.08%
If you prefer betting on the outside wagers, the 1-18 and third dozen is an exciting bet.

Players bet £3 on numbers 1 to 18 and £2 on the third dozen to improve the odds of winning. Either bet will return a £1 profit, but any other number or the Zero slot implies a £5 loss.

## Tips & tricks for long term profit

Betting on every number at Roulette may seem like a foolproof method but bear in mind that it’s almost impossible to recover from such a hefty loss. Frustrating as it may seem, the best advice is to limit your time and money spent at the table. Frequent Roulette players know that the best way to make a profit is to stop playing as soon as you’ve won a set amount of chips.

## Our thoughts on the “Cover the table” strategy

There is a problem with the Cover The Table system! As with all winning strategies at any table game, the house edge always has the upper hand. The green zero in European Roulette, and the double-zero in American Roulette, are independent numbers that the cover system cannot beat. If the ball lands on the Zero, it defeats any outside, street or split bets.

With single-zero Roulette, there are 37 numbered slots. But a single number only pays 35/1. Therefore the Roulette winnings don’t quite match the numbers, and in the long run, the player loses. American Roulette is even worse as there are two Zeros to beat.