Finding the perfect bet is the bread-and-butter of any strategy in roulette. Well, we say perfect, but we mean the bet that suits your needs most. How you bet in roulette is important not only for your bottom line but also for your experience of the game. After all, incessantly repeating an even-money wager can get very boring very quickly even if it is effective.

With all that in mind, we’ll introduce a new betting strategy for roulette called the Kavouras bet. It’s a rather creative system recently created by a player called Ioannis Kavouras.

What Is the Kavouras Bet?

The Kavouras bet is based on creating a relatively chaotic pattern to cover a large section of the betting table. In that regard, it reminds us a lot of the Romanosky strategy. The idea is to get the chance of the ball landing on a winning number as high as possible while maintaining reasonable payouts. Kavouras is riskier than Romanosky, though, but with higher profit potential. It offers a 54% chance of winning any given spin.

The Kavouras strategy covers 20 different numbers spread across different sections of the roulette wheel. It combines multiple different bets rolled into one big strategy – think something along the lines of a Call bet.

How the Kavouras Strategy Works

The process of placing a Kavouras bet is quite simple. The first thing you’ll want to do is divide your stake for the round into 8 units. In a way, this reveals the first issue with this strategy – a high barrier for entry. It’s less of a problem if you play roulette online, though. Online roulette games often have a minimum bet of just $0.10. This means you can play the Kavoruas bet with just $0.80.

Anyway, here are the bets you need to make to follow the Kavouras strategy:

  • 1 stake unit on the 0-1-2-3 corner
  • 1 stake unit on each of the following splits: 8/11, 13/14, 15/18, 17/20, 27/30
  • 2 stake units on the double street covering 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36

That covers 20 numbers in total, which is well over half of the European roulette wheel. Such a number wasn’t chosen randomly – the idea is to win more than you lose, but only just. Otherwise, the average returns might drop too low.

That said, the goal of the Kavouras roulette strategy is to hit the Splits as many times as possible – that’s where the profits come from in the long term. The corner bet barely covers the stake with 1 unit as profit, while hitting the double street results in 4 units as profit. The Splits (which, importantly, take up half of your total covered numbers) come with a profit of 10 units.

Why Use the Kavouras Roulette Strategy?

One of the bigger advantages of the Kavouras roulette system is that it’s relatively open-ended. Technically, any combination of a corner, double street, and 5 Splits can work. As long as you make sure you’re not covering any of the numbers twice, you’re good to go.

Why is this important? Well, the pattern we described was designed to purposefully spread the numbers over as many different sectors of the wheel as possible. The reasoning is that such a pattern means that the casino won’t try to “aim” for a part of the wheel.

It’s questionable that such a concern is realistic – especially if we’re talking online roulette. As the Gambler’s Fallacy teaches us, no number really has a better chance of landing than any other. That’s why you can place the Kavouras bet on any part of the roulette wheel. Your probability of losing, winning, and profiting remains the same.

However, some people have different approaches. For example, some players enjoy chasing hot numbers. While there’s no real evidence to support such a strategy, it’s still an option that the Kvouras bet strategy can accommodate. Besides, some roulette players like sticking to the old superstitions as a matter of tradition.

Beyond that, the advantages of the Kavouras bet are fairly evident. A hit rate of 54% means that you’ll win bets more than you lose them.

Disadvantages

If you have any idea of how the house edge in roulette works, you’ll know what’s coming. The reality is that no roulette strategy guarantees success. No matter how you look at it, the house always has an edge. That means that, even if you win more bets than you lose, you’ll lose more money than you win with the Kavouras strategy. Remember – the profits are not always 1:1, so the 54% chance of winning still has a negative betting value.

Unlike some staking plans like the (in)famous Martingale, though, losing with this strategy will be slow and gradual. The main reason why you would end up with a net negative with the Kavouras plan is if you keep winning with Corners or Streets instead of Splits. Your losses will quickly end up outgrowing your profits.

Conclusion

With these disadvantages in mind, we should clarify why we like the Kavouras strategy. It’s because it’s different, not repetitive, and still helps you maintain tight control over your budget. Since you can’t affect the outcome of roulette, it’s important to affect what you can – the stakes.

The Kavouras strategy is a solid way of keeping your spending consistent and striking a nice balance of risk vs. reward. And the fact that you can shuffle it around the betting tables means that your betting will remain fresh and exciting.