Professional gamblers at bookmakers use a variety of strategies and tactics. This helps to outplay the bookmaker more often and not to drain the bank in case of one or two failures. The Ladder game strategy is a game bank distribution scheme, in which the bettor forms the amount of each new bet from the size of the previous bet plus the received winnings (in case of a pass). With the right approach and, of course, the presence of good luck, the Ladder will help you rise from a meager bank to a very decent one. Mightytips talks about the essence of the strategy, as well as its pros and cons.
The essence and rules of the Ladder strategy in bets
The very name of the strategy suggests that we will build a certain sequence in several steps with an upward movement. For the starting amount, when using the Ladder, bettors can take even 1% of the bank. But more often players use a more risky version of the strategy – they bet 100% of the pot at the start, and then add to it the winnings from the previous bet (starting from the second bet, if the first one played). All-in betting can be a solid win over the short run, but one wrong choice will ruin all previous successes.
It would seem that there is nothing tricky in the strategy. But when using the Ladder, you also need to follow certain rules:
- Determine the starting bank.
- Outline for yourself the ultimate goal – at what amount of winnings you should stop.
- Select the odds on which bets will be placed.
Everything is clear with the first point, but the second is very important when using the Ladder. You won’t be able to play this strategy all the time – the loss will surely overtake you. Therefore, it is imperative to choose a clear line, upon reaching which you will stop and withdraw money from your account. It is advisable to set realistic goals, for example, to increase the initial bank by 3-5 times. However, a lot depends on the bank itself.
If we talk about the choice of coefficients, then much here depends on the riskiness and knowledge of the player himself. Bettors advise to choose not too large, but reliable odds – on average 1.25-1.3. But if you are firmly convinced of your choice, you can bet on higher odds.
What the Lesenkoi bets look like
Let’s consider the application of the scheme on the example of a football match. Let’s say your bank is 10,000 rubles. You have decided that the size of the initial bet will be 50%, and your ultimate goal is to double it, that is, to win 5000 rubles.
We bet 5000 on the victory of the conditional Barcelona with odds of 1.2. The bet is played – you have earned 1000 rubles “clean”. The next bet on the odds 1.2 will be equal to 6000 rubles (5000 starting amount + 1000 winnings). The bet was played again – you earned 1200 rubles. Thus, in two steps according to the Lesenka strategy, your profit is already equal to 2,200 rubles.
At the third step, you decided to take a little risk and raised the selected odds to 1.3 (within 0.1, an increase is allowed, but not at the last steps). The bet, respectively, is 7200 rubles (5000 starting points + 2200 winnings). The bet is played – you received 9360 rubles. In three steps of the ladder, you earned 4360 rubles – the final goal has not been achieved by 100%, but you can stop there, since most of the “task” has been completed.
The number of steps or steps can be much larger. The starting amount may also differ. For example, if you went all-in for the same strategy, you would have earned 8720 rubles in three steps.
The more modest and real your ultimate goal is, the fewer steps you will need to take along the Ladder. Accordingly, your chances of getting to the last step and not “falling” will be higher.
What to bet on according to the Ladder strategy at the bookmaker
Experienced players who have often used this strategy give the following tips for choosing events:
- Bets on “Both To Score” in hockey. It is rare for a hockey game to end with a “0” in the “scored goals” column for one of the teams. Usually the pucks fly in both directions perfectly. The average coefficient for “both goals” in hockey is 1.10-1.15. The best leagues for this choice are the NHL, the AHL, as well as the championships of Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
- Betting with a plus handicap on favorites. If the leader plays with the middle peasant, then even the favorite of the match is given a positive head start. The kef will be small, in the range of 1.11-1.20, but that’s what we need. At the same time, the sport can be very different – football, hockey, volleyball (+2.5 sets per favorite), tennis (+1.5 sets per favorite), etc.
- Total bets in certain tournaments. It is hard to imagine a Dutch soccer championship match with fewer goals per game. Or the matches of some South American championships (for example, Paraguay), where the teams give a scoring extravaganza. Bettors who prefer the Ladder will find it quite easy to find events for themselves in these competitions. For example, TB 1 for the first case and TM 3.5 for the second. Quotes for outcomes can go up to 1.4.
- Live betting on total. To do this, you need to follow the game on TV broadcasts. Let’s say that 35 minutes of a football match is over, the score is not open, but the teams are playing cheerfully, creating chances. The bookmaker at this moment can already give a total of more than 0.5 goals for a small odds – such a rate is perfect for a ladder.
Growing hogs is a variation of the Ladder strategy
Growing hogs bettors call the improved Ladder. The essence of this tactic is that the initial bank is divided into several parts, after which its own Ladder is built for each of them.
This strategy is safer than the classic Ladder, because if one hog “dies” because of an unpredictable outcome, the rest will remain “alive” and will be able to reach the finish line. The downside is that you need to make a lot more bets, distributing your attention to several events. It also requires a solid starting bank to be split into multiple parts.
Experienced bettors can raise pigs of varying complexity. Let’s say you bet one part of the pot on high odds (1.6 or more), which is not recommended when using a ladder. Another hog will be reliable – in this ladder the odds should not exceed 1.1. One more hog will include one risky bet (with odds of 1.1-1.2, one bet is made with odds of 1.5-1.6).
It is unlikely that all hogs will reach the final goal, even if it is realistic. But one risky hog can bring profit after three bets. If, on the contrary, the risk is not justified, then the other two Ladders can gradually make a profit.
A ladder is a win-win strategy or not?
Some bettors believe that Ladder is the ideal strategy for climbing small pots. But any experienced player will tell you that even a coefficient of 1.01 can “go down the drain”, and will give you more than one example. Therefore, the strategy of the game Ladder in betting is a common strategy that cannot be called a win-win. You can make money using the system. The main thing is to select events with a high probability of passage and strictly adhere to the selected coefficients and the initial amount.