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Is There a Right & Wrong Way of Playing Roulette?

Published on August 22, 2020, 2:08 pm

by Jeff Grant Twitter account Jeff Grant LinkedIn account



 The truth about roulette systems

Albert Einstein once said that the only way to win at a roulette table is to steal money while the croupier is not looking. Many players have sought to prove the famous physicist wrong by creating a wide range of roulette strategies over the years, but do any of them actually work? Is there a right and wrong way of playing roulette?

Is roulette a game of chance or skill?

When played fairly, roulette is a game of chance. The croupier slings the ivory ball into a wheel with 37 pockets of equal size, and each number pays out at 35-1, giving the house an edge. The zero in European roulette gives the casino a 2.7% house edge when you bet on red or black, and the double zero on an American roulette wheel increases the house edge to 5.26%. You can learn more about how to play roulette, but those are the basics in a nutshell. In the long-term, this house edge means you will lose at this game of luck.

However, there are certain elements that can boost a player’s chances of success. Many online casinos provide welcome bonus offers and ongoing promotions in a bid to win your business in a competitive market. This can help erode the house edge. There are wagering requirements attached to these bonuses, and roulette rarely contributes 100% to these rollovers, but they can certainly help you in your bid for success.

Some players have also managed to exploit weaknesses in specific roulette wheel over the years. This is not possible in virtual roulette games dictated by RNG, but in land-based casinos there have been examples of players taking advantages of flaws in the roulette wheels. A Spanish family called the Pelayos made millions by finding biased roulette wheels, recording results, analysing the data and betting accordingly. You could argue that approach took a great degree of skill, but casinos have largely tightened up on biased wheels and flawed dealers nowadays.

What roulette strategies can players choose from?

Many players like to follow a progressive roulette strategy such as the Martingale, which sees them double the size of their stake after every loss. Newcomers are particularly fond of this simple strategy. The Reverse Martingale, otherwise known as the Paroli system, encourages players to double the size of their bet after each win, making it a safer option. These strategies can lead to long winning or losing streaks, and are best applied to outside bets.

The Martingale sequence compared to Fibonacci sequence
The Martingale sequence compared to Fibonacci sequence

You can also opt for a more complex strategy, such as the Fibonacci, which sees you follow the famed mathematician’s sequence: 1-1-2-3-5-8-13-21-34-55-89-144-233-377-610-987 and so on. You can use this for black/red, 1-18/19-36 or odd/even bets, working your way through the sequence of numbers until you win. You then go back two steps and keep going. The Labouchere cancellation system is also popular, or you can try out the Kelly Criterio, the D’Alembert system or many more systems designed to bring a greater degree of science to the process.

Is there such a thing as a pro roulette player?

There is no such thing as a professional roulette player. Games of skill such as poker can easily yield an elite group of pro players that dedicate their lives to mastering the game, but that is not possible with the random nature of roulette. The only way to make it as a roulette pro is to find flaws in an individual wheel and exploit them ruthlessly. However, this can lead you into some shady places and result in players being banned from casinos.

You could call the likes of Richard Jarecki and Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo pro roulette players, because they gathered huge amounts of data on a variety of roulette wheels and then exploited some design weaknesses, but casinos are a lot more savvy to such tricks nowadays and it is hard to imagine anyone following in their footsteps.

Pelayo family - the movie, the history and how they won a fortune at the roulette

Is a seasoned roulette player likely to earn more than a casual player?

Roulette is a game of chance and it is therefore easy for a casual player to enjoy more luck at the table than a seasoned player following an advanced progressive strategy. Ultimately, the house wins eventually regardless of whether you split wins half and half, bet the dozens, split the even money bets or buy a betting strategy and follow it. In the long-term, there is no way to beat a random game like roulette, because the odds are stacked marginally in the house’s favour, so veteran players and newcomers are in the same boat.

Is there anything wrong with following your gut and backing random numbers?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with following your gut and backing random numbers. This has proved to be extremely lucrative for some players. James Bond actor Sean Connery famously defied odds of around 50,000/1 when he bet on the number 17 and it landed three times in a row at a casino in the Italian Alps back in 1963.

You hear players at casinos saying they made more money betting on the numbers of their wives’ birthdays than by following advanced strategies. Ultimately, roulette is extremely fun – the anticipation of watching the ball spin around the wheel is thrilling – and making a profit is a great bonus if you are lucky enough to pull it off.

How can you win at roulette?

It is certainly possible to win at roulette if you hit the table, rack up a profit and quit while you are ahead. British man Ashley Revell sold all of his possessions and went to Las Vegas with $135,000 in 2004. He bet it all on red, and he doubled his money when the ball landed on red 7. Revell then walked away. Had he continued playing for days on end, it is likely that he would have eventually lost. Individuals such as Chris Boyd have also won big by going in hard and then quitting while ahead, so in the end, it's all about opportunism, audacity, luck and discipline.




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