These emails are a strange sub-set of the spam universe. Unlike previous waves of gambling spam, they don't directly promote a gambling site by offering specials or freebies or other come-ons. Instead, they try to convince the recipient that they have a fool-proof system for winning at roulette.
If you receive one of these emails and wonder why it wasn't identified by your spam filter, it's likely because it doesn't trigger any of the usual red flags that the filters typically look for. They contain no images, no hyperlinked URLs, the content is (relatively) good English and it appears to be a genuine reply to an outbound email, albeit one that has been 'inadvertently' addressed to you instead of the intended recipient.
Here's how it goes:
Subject: Re: yo mate
From: Walter (or whoever)
yo mate, ok I`ll give you my trick but if you give it someone else I`ll fuckin kill you :)
you know in roulette you can bet on blacks or reds. If you bet $1 on black and it goes black you win $1 but if it goes red you loose your $1.
So I found a way you can win everytime:
bet $1 on black if it goes black you win $1
now again bet $1 on black, if it goes red bet $3 on black, if it goes red again bet $8 on black, if red again bet $20 on black, red again bet $52 on black (always multiple you previous lost bet around 2.5), if now is black you win $52 so you have $104 and you bet:
$1 + $3 + $8 + $20 + $52 = $84 So you just won $20 :)
now when you won you start with $1 on blacks again etc etc. its always bound to go black
eventually (it`s 50/50) so that way you eventually always win. But there`s a catch. If you
start winning too much (like $1000 a day) casino will finally notice something and can ban
you. I was banned once on royal casino. So don`t be too greedy and don`t win more then $200
a day and you can do it for years. I think bigger casinos know that trick so I play for real
money on smaller ones, right now I play on lucky jackpot casino: rabbit-jackpot.net for more
then 3 months, I win $50-$200 a day and my account still works. You`ll find roulette there when you log in go to
"specialty games" – "american roulette". And don`t you dare talling about it anyone else,
if too many people knows about it casinos will finally found a way to block that trick. If
you have any questions just drop me a line here or on skype.
—– Original Message —–
From: "nirvana1110" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 3:06 PM
Subject: Please send me the system
> Hi walter.
> Please tell me when you will send me your roulette trick?
> You promised you`ll send it few weeks ago :(
> Thanks in advance.
Those among you who are familiar with roulette will have already spotted the most obvious error in this so-called trick. The chances that a spin of the wheel landing on black isn't quite 50/50. That's because red and black aren't the only colours on the wheel – there's green too. The actual distribution of the colours are 18 Red, 18 Black and 2 Green (for American Roulette – just 1 for French).
Next of course is the big lie: a supposed system that will beat the roulette game every time.
In fact, the system described in the email is known as "Grand Martingale", which makes the assumption that as long as you keep betting, (and keep increasing your losing bets by multiplying them by 2.5) you'll eventually win. And in theory, this is absolutely correct.
But the catch that isn't mentioned in the email and which will catch most unsuspecting player off guard, is that almost every roulette table (whether online or in a real casino) has a bet minimum and maximum bet limits.
This means that you don't actually have the luxury of continuous betting (even assuming you had enough cash to put down) until you win. Even if you use the example in the email of starting your bets a $1, you'd be up to $84 after just 5 bets. If the table has a maximum bet limit of $200, and you haven't won by your 5th bet, you've lost $84 because the next bet in the sequence needs to be $130 and since $130+$84 = $214, you've gone over the limit. You'll have to start all over again.
As you can imagine, if the table's minimum bet is $5 and the maximum limit is $500, this system can rack up the losses very quickly.
So if you received this spam and were in any way seduced by the lure of easy money, think again.