Oscar’s Grind Roulette Strategy

Oscar’s grind is an even money betting system that can be used on both blackjack on roulette (you can read my page on the blackjack version here). In the case of roulette, it can be used on and of the colours, ood/even or high/low.

It is a slow system that requires concentration and patience. It doesn’t place risky bets like you find with the Martingale system but it also wins less and is slower to use. It is a strategy that grinds out wins slowly by going through betting cycles and the aim of each cycle is to win just 1 unit. Each cycle follows these 3 rules.

  1. After a loss, keep your bets the same.
  2. After a win, increase your bets by one unit.
  3. Never bet more than what’s required to get the one unit win. In other words, don’t increase your bets after a win unless you need to.

The easiest way to understand these rules would be to highlight them with a few examples. Each example is using a betting unit of £1, so the aim is to win £1 with each cycle.

Example 1

Bet £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same.

Bet £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £2.

Bet  £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £3.

Bet £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £4.

Bet £1 and win. Next bet increases to £2. Total loss of £3.

Bet £2 and win. Next bet stays the same because a £2 bet will give a £1 win. Total loss at this point is £1.

Bet £2 and win. You are now up by £1 and the cycle is over, start again with a new one.

That was an easy example that used all three rules, now here’s a more complicated longer one.

Example 2

Bet £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same.

Bet £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £2.

Bet £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £3.

Bet £1 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £4.

Bet £1 and win. Next bet increases to £2. Total loss of £3.

Bet £2 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £5.

Bet £2 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £7.

Bet £2 and win. Next bet increases to £3. Total loss of £4.

Bet £3 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £7.

Bet £3 and win. Next increases to £4. Total loss of £4.

Bet £4 and lose. Next bet stays the same. Total loss of £8.

Bet £4 and win. Next bet increases to £5. Total loss of £4.

Bet £5 and win. You are now up by £1 and the cycle is over.

In this second example, there are 8 losses and 5 wins but you still end up by £1 at the end. That’s how this system grinds out wins slowly and with less risky bets than you get with other systems.

Pros of the system – Slow progression that only increases bets after a win. If you want to maximize your playing sessions without losing everything too quickly, this system is a better bet than others.

Cons of the system – It’s slow to use and it can take many spins just to get a £1 win as example 2 shows. Like any system, it doesn’t change the odds of the game and you are still more likely to lose than win over the long term of play because of the house edge.