James Bond 70 Years of Casino Gambling
In the words of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, “Do not approach casinos with timidity or reverence… They are simply fruit-machines tended by bank clerks and mechanics. Be relaxed and confident… You are one of the few people who take the trouble and you are going to win and stop when you have won. You are a person of free will and iron s+elf-discipline who will beat the machine.”
During the Second World War, Portugal stayed neutral, becoming a refuge for everyone from aristocrats on the run from the war at home to diplomats and military officers on both sides on leave. The wealthy and powerful were among them in Estoril and its casino. The casinos attracted spies, including Fleming himself.
Fleming was a former British naval intelligence officer, who got the idea for the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, from an experience he had in the Estoril casino where he played a high-stakes card game across the table from a group of Nazis.
70 years later you can still use James Bond’s gambling systems and strategies to break the bank with most of the online casino games. We tried those techniques on a land-based casino at Amsterdam way before the Coronavirus outbreak and found most of them actually effective. So probably, with online casinos it will be the same!
The Many Ways to Play Like Bond
Through the novels and films Bond is shown to be proficient in any number of games of chance, from Baccarat, the game Sean Connery played when the world was introduced to Bond on the silver screen in 1962’s Dr. No, to Texas Hold ‘Em, the game Daniel Craig played in the movie Casino Royale.
Roulette was the first casino game featured in that first of Bond novels, Casino Royale. There are three different roulette strategies are linked to James Bond.
Progressive Play: Playing a Slow Game Too Quickly
In Casino Royale, Bond is described as having won quite a lot of money by playing “a progressive system on red.” Progressive systems generally mean the player changes the value of his or her bets based on the outcome of the most recent spin, but beyond that, the novel doesn’t describe what exactly Bond is doing.
In Thrilling Cities, Fleming relates a possibly fictional conversation about roulette he had with a woman in Monte Carlo, the setting for Casino Royale, in which the woman asks if James Bond has an “infallible system.”
“Why don’t you let other people in on his secret? Tell me, or I’ll never speak to you again,” she says.
Fleming tells her about a progressive system in which, the gambler bets on red or black and, if they win, they maintain that bet or something like it. If they lose, they increase the bet based on some quick calculations and forge on, risking more each time they lose. Fleming’s description is very similar to what’s known as the Labouchère system.
Fleming had described playing with this system as a long-term endeavor ensuring you have a chair at the table to endure the grueling, hours-long process.
The Back-Up: A Bond ‘Favourite’
In Casino Royale spelled out clearly in the novel and is The Back-Up, a gambler places two bets, each covering a set of 12 numbers, meaning out of a total of 37 numbers, 24 are covered by the bet. The bet stays the same every time.
In this strategy, the gambler is risking twice as much for less of a profit per spin, but in exchange, they should win more often, nearly two-thirds of the time.
Sean Connery was the first movie Bond and this is his bet. The story goes that in 1964, Connery visited the Casino de la Vallee in Saint-Vincent, Italy and made a simple, long-shot bet: only the number 17. Connery hit. And then did it again. And again. While single number bets payout the most these are the worst odds.
The Out of Cannon Internet James Bond Strategy
There is a fourth system bouncing around gambling websites that is literally called “the James Bond Strategy”, which involves covering more than two-thirds of the table and the number 0 with three bets of varying value.
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