By default, roulette is very entertaining for a very simple casino game, thanks to its fast gameplay and high chances of winning. Usually though, some people aren’t content of playing the game by placing random bets. They’d spice up the inherent excitement in roulette by making good use of roulette strategies. These so-called strategies guide players on how and when to place bets and how much amount should be gambled, all of these dependent on the results of the last roulette spin.
Popular roulette systems like the Martingale, Paroli, and Cancellation are known for gambling large, risky bets, aiming for a single win that yields profitable returns. Some systems however, prefer playing it safe, putting at stake small bets that will hopefully bring profit after a series of wins and losses. One of these roulette systems is called Oskar’s Grind.
The Oskar’s Grind roulette strategy is invented by an obscure figure named Oscar or Oskar some time during the 1960s. It was known to have been tested in a roulette simulation on an IBM790 computer. This took 280,000 spins and played with unlimited betting units, and the system consequently displayed results that purportedly displayed its effectiveness.
The application of this system is nowhere beyond simple and is just as uncomplicated as the Martingale. As usual, the player starts with a small bet of his or her choice. This amount is then placed on an even-money bet, which may be red, black, odd, even, 1-18, or 19-36. This bet is given a slight increase depending on the outcome. If this bet wins, it is increased by no more than one chip. If it loses, the bet remains the same as it was during the last spin. If, finally, a profit of one chip is acquired, the player either starts again with the initial bet or leave the table and cash in.
As an example, let’s say you start with one chip. This remains as is so long as it keeps losing. If it wins, the bet is increased by one, which now makes it two chips. Should you lose after this, your bet stays at its current amount. Assuming then that you enter a winning streak and gained one chip more than all you’ve lost in the process, you may bet again with your starting amount if you don’t wish to end your game.
However, you won’t see profit so soon in this system. The Oskar’s Grind roulette strategy is so slow and time consuming, and you can easily find yourself in a loop of winning and losing without coming close to actual profit. You’ll only see improvement after so many tries, but by then, you may have started thinking about giving up from frustration.
As such, the Oskar’s Grind requires a lot of patience and is not recommended for players looking for a fast way to get to either end of the forked road that leads to modest gambling income or an exhausted bankroll. That simply is the reason it’s called a “grind”.