**The 1-3-2-6 system**

The name of this system says it all. It is similar to the Paroli system. It is based on the premise that you can win four times in a row.

Your initial bet is 1 unit, the second 3 units, the third 2 units and the fourth 6 units. Let’s assume that each unit is £10 and the odds are 1:1 – even money.

The first bet is £10. When winning, £10 is added to the £20 on the table making the second bet £30. When winning again on the second bet, there would be £60 on the table. Of this you take down £40 and the third bet is now £20. If the third bet wins, you will have £40 on the table to which you add £20 making a total of £60 for the fourth bet.

If the fourth bet wins, there would be a total of £120, of which £100 is net profit. Now all the bet with the profit is taken down and you start the system all over again at £10.

If you lose the first bet, your loss is £10. The second level loss is £20. At the third level, a loss will give you a net profit of £20. At the fourth level, a loss leaves you breaking even. Each time you lose, you start all over again at £10.

The attraction of this system is that you risk £20 at a chance of making £100 net profit. This means you can lose five times, and with one win get your money back.

This system is also called the ‘Cancellation’ system. There are many variations. In this simple form, you write down a series or a set of numbers; say, 1 2 3 4 5 6. The series can be short or long and not necessarily sequential such as 1 1 1 3 3 5 7. The choice of a particular series depends on the type of game you want to apply it to and the odds of the bet.

Each number represents the amount in units or chips to bet. You bet the first and last of these numbers. In this example 1 and 6, which totals 7 units.

If you win, you cross out the two numbers and bet the next two ‘ends’ (the outside numbers). In this instance 2 and 5. If you win again you bet on the next two remaining numbers 3 and 4, and if you win that too, you would have made a ‘coup’ or completed one game. Then you start all over again.

If you lose, then you add that one number to the end of the series. Say you lost your first bet of 7 units (1+ 6). Then you add number 7 to the end of the series to look like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and your next bet would be 8 units (1+ 7). If you won the first bet but lost the second 2 and 5, then the series of numbers would look like this: 2 3 4 5 7.

If you work it out, you will see that when the series is completed or when you make a ‘coup’, there is always a profit. The negative side of this system is that you could end up betting large sums of money even if your initial bet is small.