Since I started gambling regularly a few months ago I've read a lot about betting strategies. I decided I would bet flat playing Baccarat and at first it worked for me because I felt I had more control. Sometimes I would quit while ahead and leave happy, and other times I would quit after losing a little, but never too much. Over time I've been a bit more adventurous, doubling my bets here and there, trying for bigger wins, or quicker ways to recover losses. I've done ok, nothing I can't handle. I've pretty much been going on intuition, but I was itching to try one of the betting systems. So this weekend I tried the Martingale. I was nervous, but I started to double my bet everytime I lost. This was working out great! Then I started the Reverse Martingale and began increasing my bets every time I won. I want to keep this short, but I won the biggest amount I've won yet playing Baccarat! I quit while I was WAY ahead! I understand that one reason I won so much this time is because I brought more money to the table, and the other, I guess, was luck? Or does the system actually work??? I keep reading that betting systems don't really work, but I'm wondering what you guys think. And if you think systems work, which do you use? I've decided to preserve this big win by bringing less money to the table next time and going back to betting (mostly) flat. Lately I've been gambling with more and more (nothing I can't handle, I'm not being irresponsible) I just want to stay ahead for as long as possible!! It feels great! Honestly though, I'm very tempted to try the same system again. It was so exciting to win that much that I want to do it again and again. But I know, eventually the casino will take it all back. Maybe not? I'm stuck between reason and excitement, logic and impulse, common sense and euphoria. A friend of mine told me to just stop gambling, then I'm forever a winner. Not a chance. I enjoy it too much. I'm just looking for a way to continue to have fun, stay ahead (in the long run), while keeping my sanity (haha) and staying responsible. Please share your thoughts on whether systems work or not, your preferred systems, experiences, etc. Thank you!