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How does Oscar’s Grind Roulette Strategy work?

Many people swear by roulette strategies and there are many different ones you can select from. Each has its inherent strengths and weaknesses but one system that has drawn a lot of attention of late is Oscar’s Grind.

In this article we’ll explain how Oscar’s Grind works, what the strengths of the system are and what its main weaknesses are too.

Oscar’s Grind is based on the assumption that most roulette players when betting on the outside bets (Red/Black, Odd/Even, High/Low) will endure streaks when they win several spins consecutively and also streaks when they lose consecutively. The aim of the strategy is to win 1 Unit. When this is achieved, the current session ends.

Whether that is the case or not is a moot point but that is the assumption the strategy is based upon.

The strategy works thus:

1. Place your first bet of 1 Unit. If your bet wins, you make a 1 Unit profit and the session is over and you can start a new session afresh. If your bet does not win, move on to step 2.

2. If your bet loses, then your next bet is the same amount as your first bet. (1 Unit in this case).

3. If you win a bet then your next bet sees you increase your bet by one Unit amount. The only exception to this rule is if you only need a smaller amount to achieve a 1 Unit profit than the next bet in your sequence. In this case, you should bet how much you need to achieve a 1 Unit profit.

The strengths of the Oscar’s Grind strategy is that it capitalises on the sometimes streaky nature of roulette. A player who loses several hands consecutively and then wins a few hands can still post their 1 Unit profit even if they lose more spins of the wheel than they win.

Oscar’s Grind Strategy works well if players do experience streaks of consecutive losses and wins, however, when a player wins then loses and frequently switches between the two, Oscar’s Grind does not put up such consistent results.

Indeed, if a player hits a number of spins where they win and then lose or win two spins and then lose two spins, Oscar’s Grind can see a player lose out, even if they win on more spins than they lose.

As with all roulette strategies, Oscar’s Grind is no guarantee of success, but if you are a roulette player who finds they win and lose in streaks, it is a solid option if you are happy to take 1 Unit profit in each session.

How to improve your odds in roulette

Roulette can be one of the most enjoyable games to play at the casino and can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to play it. However many novice players stymie themselves by making too many longer odds bets too often. This often results in players losing money very quickly.

Fortunately, there are some simple tips and guidance you can follow to help you improve your chances of playing roulette more successfully.

1. Play European rather than American roulette

With only one green zero slot (as opposed to two green slots, 0 and 00, on the American wheel), the European roulette wheel offers players a much greater chance of success on every spin. The house edge in the American version is around 5.2%, in the European this is cut to 2.7%.

2. Bet the table minimum

Even if you play the European version, roulette is still stacked against you, so you need to minimise losses in the short term by playing the table minimum for each bet you make on every spin of the wheel. Novice players should also only place one or a maximum of two bets on every spin.

3. Focus your bets on the ‘outside’ bets

Outside bets include those of odds of even money (such as Red/Black, Odd/Even or 1-18/19-36) or those at odds of 2/1, such as First, Second and Third 12 bets and the three column bets. These are the bets that offer you the best chance of success on every spin and as such, you should play these bets most often.

These simple three steps are without doubt the simplest ways you can start to play more profitably at the roulette table, especially online where it is much easier to find European versions of the game than it would be in a traditional bricks and mortar casino.

What is the ‘Snake Bet’ in roulette?

If you have played roulette online, or in a real world casino before, then you may well have heard of the term, the ‘snake bet’. While this bet is essentially a simple one, it is somewhat complicated to explain.

A snake bet, also known as a red snake bet, is when you place a bet on 12 numbers on the layout, starting at number one and then the next number is diagonally to the right of number one (5). The sequence of numbers you place a traditional snake bet on is as follows: 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32 and 34.
You are covering 12 numbers which is just under a third of the wheel, so your odds of winning are 32.4%. It is also immediately apparent that all numbers are red numbers on the reel.

You receive a payout if the ball lands in the slot of any of the twelve numbers you selected. While your 11 other number bets will lose, your one winning bet returns at 35/1, which means with your stake returned, you would bet 12 chips, but win back 36 on a successful bet, a payout of 2/1.
In some casino layouts, they have a snake head shown on the layout which allows you to place this bet more easily and some casinos also allow players using the expert option to also make this bet.


If your online casino does not have a snake bet option, then don’t panic. You can still place the snake bet on any spin of the reel simply by manually placing your chips on the numbers outlined above. You are still playing the bet, even if it is not expressly stated as a bet on the layout.

And the reason it’s called the snake bet? That’s simply because the shape the chips make when placed on the layout. Simple!

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