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The 1-3-2-6 System

The 1-3-2-6 system is quite similar to another positive progression betting system known as the Paroli. Both involve increasing stakes after a win and both involve a cycle of wagers that’s completed at a fixed point. The only real difference is the actual staking sequence.

There aren’t many systems that are easier to understand than the 1-3-2-6, and its simplicity is almost certainly a big part of its appeal for many gamblers. There are also a couple of other advantages that contribute to its popularity.

Of course, like any betting system, there are disadvantages too. We explore the positive and the negative aspects of the 1-3-2-6 below, along with the details of how it’s used.

How To Use the 1-3-2-6 System

Like so many betting systems, the 1-3-2-6 is designed to be used for wagers that pay out at even money, like the red or black wager in roulette. It is, in fact, very commonly used at the roulette table and also at certain other casino games including baccarat, craps, and blackjack. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to use it for, providing you are placing wagers at even money.

As we already stated, this is a very simple system. All you have to do is adjust your stakes based on a few straightforward rules. First, you have to decide how much you want your betting unit to be. If you have a set amount of money that you are prepared to lose in a session, then a good guideline is to set your betting unit at between 2% and 5% of that.

If you were sitting down to play with $500 for example, then $10 would be a decent figure. One betting unit is how much you stake on your first wager of any sequence. Every time you lose a bet, then the sequence ends and you start a new one, again staking one betting unit on your next wager.

When you win a wager, then you adjust your stake in according with the sequence 1-3-2-6. So if you win your first bet of $10 you increase your stake to $30 (3 betting units) for the next one. If you win that too then you stake $20 on your next wager. Win that one and you then stake $60.

Should you win your fourth consecutive bet then the sequence is complete and you start again with one betting unit. Remember, if you lose at any time you also reset your stake back to one betting unit.

That’s essentially all there is to the 1-3-2-6. Providing you can remember the simple set of rules, then you should have no problem using this system if you choose to.

Possible Outcomes of the 1-3-2-6

Because this system features such a short cycle, there are only a few possible outcomes. These are as follows.

  • Lose the first wager (total loss of 1 betting unit)
  • Win the first wager, lose the second one (total loss of 2 betting units)
  • Win the first two wagers, lose the third one (total win of 2 betting units)
  • Win the first three wagers, lose the fourth one (break-even)
  • Win all four wagers (total win of 12 units)

As you can see, out of the five possible outcomes of a single cycle only two of them are losing. The two losing outcomes are if you lose the first or the second wager. Therefore, every time you win the first two wagers you cannot lose on that cycle.

This might make it seem like the 1-3-2-6 system is more likely to win you money than it is to lose you money. Sadly this isn’t true. While this system does have some advantages, guaranteeing a win isn’t one of them.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the 1-3-2-6

Perhaps the biggest advantage of the 1-3-2-6 is that it’s so simple to learn. If you really want to use a betting system but don’t want anything too complicated, then this one is a good option. There’s also no increasing your stakes when you lose, so you should be able to avoid losing money too quickly, particularly if you are sensible about the size of your betting unit.

Another notable advantage is that by stopping the cycle after four consecutive wins, and then going back to staking one unit, you can basically lock in some profit from a small winning streak. There’s every chance that you’ll win four times in a row on multiple occasions during a session, and if you are lucky your winnings from doing so will be greater than any losses from losing wagers.

The system isn’t without its drawbacks though; the most important being that it does precisely nothing to actually overcome the house edge that exists in all casino games. There’s no betting system that does. Although it can help you keep your discipline by giving you a set of staking rules to follow, ultimately you are still relying on some luck to win. If you get the wrong sequence of results, then you’ll lose.

The 1-3-2-6 isn’t a bad betting systems to use, as far as the ones that are out there, providing you accept it for what it is. It doesn’t guarantee that you’ll win, but that’s not to say it can’t help you make the most out of your good luck when you get it.