# The Labouchere betting system

The Labouchere betting system is used for bets that pay at least 1:1 when you win, which makes it possible to use for Blackjack.The Labuchere betting system is more complicated to learn than the Martingale betting system, and it is a good idea to have a pen and a piece of paper available to make notes while you use this betting system.

Before you start a gambling session, you decide how large a profit you want to make. You take this amount and divide it into several prats, e.g. ten parts. You write down these parts in a line on a piece of paper.

- Each time you win a hand, you remove the leftmost and rightmost number in your line. To find out how large your next bet should be, you take the new leftmost and rightmost number in your line and add them together. This is the amount you should bet on your next blackjack hand.
- Each time you lose a hand, you add the lost amount to the rightmost end of your line. You then remove the leftmost amount from your line. To find out how large your next bet should be, you take the new leftmost and rightmost number in your line and add them together. This is the amount you should bet on your next blackjack hand.

**Example**

- Start by deciding how large a profit your require for this session and how many parts to divide this number into.
- In this example, you have decide that you want a $1,000 profit and that you wish to divide it by ten.
- Now, take the one thousand dollars and divide them into ten parts. They do not need to be equal in size. Each amount must be an amount that you are allowed to bet at the blackjack table. Write down the ten parts to keep track.In our example, you divided the $1,000 into these ten parts:
$50 – $150 – $50 – $250 – $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100

- Take the leftmost part and add it to the rightmost part.$50 + $100 = $150
This gives you the size of your first bet.

- You bet $150 and lose. Your write the lost amount in the end of your line, and remove the leftmost amount.$150 – $50 – $250 – $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150
- Just as before, you add the leftmost and the rightmost amount.$150 + $150 = $300
- You bet $300 and lose.
- $150 – $50 – $250 – $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 is changed to$50 – $250 – $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 – $300
- $50 + $300 = $350
- You bet $350 and lose.
- $50 – $250 – $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 – $300 is changed to$250 – $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 – $300 – $350
- You bet $600 and win!
- Since you won, you must remove the leftmost and rightmost number from your line.$250 – $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 – $300 – $350 is changed to
$50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 – $300

- Your next bet is $350, since $50 + $300 is $350.
- You bet $350 and win.
- $50 – $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 – $300 is changed to$50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150
- You next bet is $200, since $150 + $50 is $200.
- You bet $200 and win.
- $50 – $100 – $50 – $150 – $100 – $150 is changed to$100 – $50 – $150 – $100
- You next bet is $200.
- You lose your $200.$100 – $50 – $150 – $100 is changed to
$50 – $150 – $100 + $200

- Your next bet is $250.
- And so on…..

## Risks

Using the Labouchere betting system at the blackjack table exposes you to risk. There is absolutely no guarantee that you will make a profit.

One of the risks with this system is that you, after a streak of many losing hands, have reached a bet size that is too big for the table. You simply can’t make the required wager because it is higher than the max bet for that specific blackjack table.

If you’re interested in Labouchere, our advice is to try it out playing with pretend money first. There are a lot of online casinos that will let you play Blackjack for free using “play money”. Of course, you can’t win any real money doing this, but you do get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the Labouchere betting system.