The Oscar’s Grind system is a progressive strategy that focuses on increasing your bets every time you win. In Germany, this system is known as the Hoyle’s Press, while in France it is known as the Pluscoup progression.
All of these names refer to the same method of play, which is based on the concept of placing outside bets with almost a 50% chance of winning (such as reds and blacks, low and high numbers, and even and odd).
Some more advanced players often apply this system for other bets, such as streets (also called “sixes”) and dozens. You can bet as much as you want, as long as it fits your bankroll and follows the table rules.
The basic idea behind the Oscar’s Grind Method
The main idea behind Oscar’s Grind is that most players have good streaks and bad streaks. Streaks are common and therefore you can keep track of them to maximize your wins (in good streaks) and minimize your losses (in bad ones).
In other words, if you are losing often, your bets will be low, while when you are winning, you will increase them to win as much money as possible during the hot streak.
This betting method allows you, in the long run, to lose less money. It also makes it possible to increase your bets slowly, unlike many other methods that require you to make large bets when you start to win.
Oscar’s Grind Rules
These are the basic rules of this method:
- If you win on your first bet, you win a unit and start a new cycle.
- If you lose a bet, you must always bet the same amount on the next spin.
- If you win a bet, you will bet one unit more than what you had bet on the winning bet. The only exception is when you need less than that to have a unit as profit. In that case, you will only bet the minimum necessary to make a profit.
- You will continue playing until you reach a profit of one unit. Then you will either start from the beginning or leave the table.
To illustrate the method, pay attention to this example:
As you can see, in the last spin it is only necessary to earn 2 units to reach the profit target (+1). That is why only 2 units are bet and not 3.
Advantages and disadvantages
To understand the advantages and disadvantages of the Oscar’s Grind, let’s examine these two examples, of which the first is positive and the second is negative.
In this example, we played 19 rounds. During the game, we only won 6 times and lost 13 times. However, despite this, we ended up making a profit.
This demonstrates how the Oscar’s Grind system can help you overcome fairly long losing streaks. Once we start earning, it doesn’t take long for us to make up for lost money.
With this example, we played 19 times. We won 8 times and lost 11. In the end, we were down 8. If we had used another system, like the Labouchere Method, we would have made some money.
The reason the system failed us is that our wins were too far apart from each other, so we couldn’t recover the lost money.
As we mentioned earlier, it is possible to use the Oscar’s Grind by betting on the dozens. In a scenario like this, we have the option of betting on one or two dozen.
Typically, it’s best to play two dozen to increase your chances of winning, but you also lose more in a losing streak. For this example, for clarity, we’ll bet on a single dozen:
With this positive scenario, we played 23 times and won only 5 times. We lost more times than we won, but still had a 2 unit win. We never had to bet more than 4 units to win.
As you can see from these examples, the Oscar’s Grind is a simple system of positive progression that works wonders when you’re lucky enough to hit a hot streak.
Even if you had a very bad streak, you can end up making a profit with this system. Try it at an online casino and draw your own conclusions.