The James Bond Roulette Strategy (Does It Work?)

I’ve written about a lot of roulette systems here, but I haven’t written about the James Bond roulette strategy. I’m correcting that oversight with this post.

The James Bond roulette strategy is just another betting system, and you need 200 units per bet with this strategy. You’ll place the following bets with this strategy:

  • 140 units on high (the numbers 19 through 36)
  • 50 units on the 6-number bet (13 through 18)
  • 10 units on 0.

I’m going to take a closer look at what your possible outcomes are with this strategy. I also have some thoughts on whether this strategy works in the long run.

What Are the Possible Outcomes Using the James Bond Roulette Strategy?

You have 4 possible outcomes:

  1. The ball lands on 1 -12, missing all the bets and lose 200 units.
  2. You hit a number between 19 and 36 and show a profit of 80 units
  3. The ball hits a number between 13 and 18 and show a profit of 100 units.
  4. You hit the 0 and show a profit of 160 units.

It should be easy to see how you get these outcomes, but let’s take a look at them anyway.

If you’re playing on an American roulette wheel, you’ll lose your entire bet if the ball lands on the 00 or on any number between 1 and 12.

That’s slightly more than 1/3 of the time.

The other (slightly less than ) 2/3 of the time, you’ll show a profit.

If you hit a number between 19 and 36, you win even money on your 140 unit bet. But you lose the 60 units you have on the other bets. That’s why your net profit is only 80 units.

And if you hit a number between 13 and 18, you get a 5 to 1 payout on your 50 unit bet, or 250 units. Subtracting the 150 you had on the other bets leaves you with a profit of 100 units.

Finally, if you hit the 0, you win 35 to 1, or 350 units. you lose the 190 units you had on the other bets, so your profit is 160 units.

How Long Will the James Bond Roulette Strategy Work?

If you sit down with $200 and place this set of bets, you have a slightly better than 1 in 3 probability of losing your entire bankroll. This, of course, means that you’ll show a profit almost 2/3 of the time.

In other words, this strategy probably won’t last long unless you have a big bankroll. If you sit down with $1000, you have to lose every bet 5 times in a row to go broke.

And if you use this strategy repeatedly, you’ll eventually lose all your money — even if you’re playing on a single zero roulette wheel.

Why You’ll Lose All Your Money with the James Bond Roulette Strategy

Here’s why:

Let’s start by assuming you’re going to make 38 of these bets in a row, and you’re going to see statistically perfect results.

This means that on 18 of those bets, you’ll show a profit of 80 units, or 1440 units.

And on 6 of those bets, you’ll show a profit of 100 units, or 600 units.

And on one of those bets, you’ll show a profit of 160 units.

That’s 2200 units of profit.

But on the other 18 spins, you’re going to lose 200 units per spin.

That’s 3600 units of loss.

Your net loss for the 38 spins is 1400 units.

Average that out over 38 spins, and you’ve lost 36.84 units per spin, average.

If you’re betting 200 units per spin and losing 36.84 units per spin on average,

What Happens When the Ball Lands on 1 through 12?

If you were paying attention, you probably noticed that you’ll lose if the ball lands on any number between 1 and 12.

I read one article explaining this betting system that suggested you switch to the Martingale System to recoup your losses when that happens. You’d need a bigger bankroll than just 200 units to pull that off, though.

The bigger your bankroll is compared to the 200 units, the better this system will work for you.

How Does the James Bond Roulette Strategy Work Compared to Other Roulette Systems?

All roulette strategies are equally worthless in the long run.

But if you’re looking for a roulette system that will tone down some of the volatility of the game, you could do worse.

After all, you’ll show some kind of winnings 2/3 of the time with this system.

That doesn’t mean you’ll win in the long run, though — the house edge doesn’t change because of this or any other roulette strategy. The roulette odds stay the same regardless.

You might, in fact, do just as well using no strategy at all and just betting your whims.

How the House Edge Works in Roulette

You should think of each bet in roulette as a number. That number is a comparison of the odds of winning and the odds that the bet pays off. For almost all roulette bets, the house has an edge of 5.26%.

That’s because each bet pays off at less than the odds of winning.

For example, the odds of winning a single number bet are 37 to 1, but the payout is 35 to 1.

It’s easy to see why the casino makes money from a bet like that in the long run.

The odds of winning a bet on a specific color are 10 to 9, but the bet pays off at even money (1 to 1).

The difference is there for every bet.

All roulette systems involve changing the sizes of your bets and/or hedging your bets by taking other bets.

It’s impossible to multiply a negative number by a positive or add it to another negative number and get a positive result.


I see a lot of posts on various subjects, and a lot of the writers get things wrong. Sometimes their hearts are in the right place, though.

Here’s an example:

I read one page about this system that claimed that the James Bond roulette strategy would “lead to a huge negative expectation.”

That’s not accurate in the least.

The negative expectation for this strategy is the same as the negative expectation for every other roulette system out there.

The truth about almost all gambling systems is that they do nothing to overcome the house edge. That’s as true of the James Bond roulette system as it is of any of the other systems I’ve written about.

Unlike other bloggers, though, I don’t think you need to slavishly avoid every gambling system under the sun. Gambling systems have their uses.

You just need to understand that if you win using one, it’s because of dumb luck — not because the system improved your odds.

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