Have you heard of the 1-3-2-6 betting system?
It’s a positive progression betting system that’s experts say is influenced by the Paroli technique.
It’s a simple system to learn, as you’ll soon find out in the next section.
You can use this betting system for just about any game, so long as you can make even-money bets.
That means you can use this system on:
And so on.
There are a few exceptions or caveats, of course – there always are – but we’ve outlined those and more in our guide below.
The 1-3-2-6 system is relatively straight-forward – especially if you have any experience using other betting or card-counting systems.
Here’s how this works:
This is where the “3” comes from in the system – it’s 3x whatever your bet is.
If you win this bet, you’ll have $60 on the table. You’ll want to remove this amount, and then on your next round you’ll start the cycle all over with the first step.
That’s all there is to it.
If you make $5 bets, follow this system, and are lucky enough to win 4 times in a row, you’ll have made $70. $60 of that will be profit, as you only made two $5 bets out of pocket (steps #1 and #2).
This is important to remember because whatever you decide your unit (bet sizing) will be, you’ll need to make sure you have the money to make it twice.
In other words, you don’t want your unit to be $100 if you only have a $150 bankroll. Because you’ll need $200 to get through steps #1 and #2.
Everything else will come out of your profits.
However, if you play a game like blackjack, you also need to keep in mind you’ll want money for situations where you’ll need to split or double down on your hand.
Our recommendation is to have enough money on hand to make these bets (if you want to), and to treat any winnings from these plays as a bonus – pull that extra money off the table and continue the system like normal.
This might seem obvious, but let’s point out the different outcomes so you know what to expect from each level of the 1-3-2-6 system.
The minimum goal is to get to step 3, as you’ll walk away with *some* profit. Going to step four is essentially a double or nothing move.
The one exception (so far) to this system is that not every game will breakeven if you lose on step 4. According to FortunePalace.co.uk, you may lose money on the 4th bet if you choose to play baccarat due to the vig/fees for the banker bet. Losing on the 4th round will cost you .3 units – or, using our example above, about $1.66.
The short answer – no.
You can read a much longer and detailed answer about why betting systems don’t work on the WizardOfOdds.com.
But the bottom line is that betting systems don’t work because they do nothing to change how the game is played. You’re not altering the rules or payouts, so you’re not changing the house edge.
For that reason, you’re still playing at a disadvantage.
We also recommend you read about the Daniel Rainsong Challenge on the WizardOfOdds.com. Rainsong thought he had a winning betting system, too, until the Wizard ran it through his simulator. Read the post-challenge write-up to see what happened.
Maybe, though, that more or less depends on you. Here are a few reasons why you might consider using this system:
Ultimately, if you have fun using betting systems, then there’s no reason not to at least try the 1-3-2-6 system.
That’s the 1-3-2-6 betting system. It’s easy to use, and it can make you a tidy profit if you’re lucky enough to run good for 4 hands in a row.
But we want to make something very clear:
If you want to use this system, it’s important you keep that in mind and use this system for entertainment purposes only.
That’s also why you shouldn’t fall for shady marketers trying to sell systems like this as a way to beat the house. Such systems don’t exist.
If you can keep this in mind you’ll have a much better time gambling, no matter the game you play or the system you decide to use.
And if you want to ignore our advice?
You do so at your own risk.