The Piquemouche is a lower risk roulette strategy (compared to the Martingale, anyway).
Like the Martingale, you increase your bets after a loss (negative progression), but unlike the Martingale, the sequence is not as aggressive, meaning that you are much less likely to hit the table limits. This is normally played on high table coverage bets, such as the even money bets.
However, you won’t claw all of your money back after a loss- only a proportion of it. Sometimes this system is called the Piquemouche Martingale.
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Comparing the Piquemouch to the Martingale
Whereas in the Martingale, you double your bet after each loss (so your betting profile would be 1,2,4,8,16,32,64 etc), in the Piquemouch, you double your bet after every 3 losses (in the meantime you flat bet).
So a typical progression might go: 1,1,1,2,2,2,4,4,4,8,8,8,16,16,16 (let’s hope you never see this many losses in a row!)
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Because the Piquemouche roulette strategy is less aggressive than the Martingale, you can afford to start higher up the sequence on your first bet, as the danger of running into the table limits is lower. So, whereas your Martingale sequence might look like this: 1,2,4,8,16,31 etc, your Piquemouch could look like this: 5,5,5,10,10,10,20,20,20
Advantages of this Roulette Strategy
Well, the main advantage is clear. The betting profile is less steep, so your bets (and risk) aren’t going to ramp up as quickly as they do on the Martingale (and even less than more aggressive progressions like the Super Martingale.) This means that you won’t hit the table limits, in all likelihood (unless your first bet is big), and you won’t be sweating so much on a run of bad luck.
But (and it’s a big BUT), you also won’t cover your losses after the ball lands in the wrong pocket, so all you are doing is covering some of the pain. You still need to go out there and pull together a number of consecutive wins in order for you to leave the table with a profit.
Most people who play this system begin their session with a higher first bet. You are not going to go anywhere fast betting £1 on the first bet.
Say you start with £50. If you played the Martingale on a £300 limit table, you could play the following progression during a string of losses:
50, 100, 200, 400, (BUST). You’d only have room for 4 losses on the trot.
With the Piquemouche, you can play:
That’s room for 12 bets before you hit the table limits (although we’d advise that you set an upper limit on the amount of losses you would stomach in a row in one session to something less than that, say 7 or 8).
The Problem With the Piquemouche.
Sure, the Piquemouche is lower risk than some of the other systems we have talked about here on the site, but the main problem we have with it is that, by it’s very nature, you are going to be at the table longer in order to make the same profit (or loss).
And that means the casino has more opportunity of taking your money off you with it’s house edge. So if you play the Piquemouche System, make sure you play on the best possible roulette game, so by that we mean European Roulette rather than American, or French Roulette that plays La Partage Rule- even better.
Also, remember that this system isn’t going to change the basic odds you get on online roulette. No system can do that,
Piquemouch Roulette Strategy FAQs
What is the best roulette variant to play the Piquemouche Strategy on?
We would recommend European Roulette (or French Roulette with La Partage rule) for the Piquemouche as the odds are better. Also, try and go for a game that let’s you start small on the progression, something like 20p roulette for example. This strategy is not as aggressive as the Martingale, but even so, it is worth giving yourself room to soak up a string of losses without hitting the table limits.
What about repeating each level just once? ie 1,1,2,2,4,4,8,8,
Yes, this is also a valid strategy. Test it! This sits in between the Martingale and the Piquemouche “proper”.