Roulette has a high house edge, but there are some things you can do to make sure that you spin yourself some winnings. Here are some of the best tips on playing roulette to win.
Sorry America: Pick European Roulette
If given the choice, always choose to play European Roulette. It’s not anything personal against the States, it’s just that American Roulette has an extra number “00” added to the wheel. This number dramatically decreases your chances of winning on every bet that you make. Playing American Roulette is effectively doubling the house’s advantage against you. You’ll make more money sticking to European-style tables.
Take the Wheel for a Spin
Before you start to place any bets, take the wheel for a spin. Spin it a few times to get the feel for it to see if it has any biases. If the wheel favors a certain side it is going to affect the outcome of each spin. Bet towards the bias.
If the dealer is the one spinning the wheel, take the time to watch how he or she is spinning. The dealer may be correcting a bias in the wheel.
Obviously, this won’t apply to an online roulette screen. With online roulette tables, the equivalent is making sure the site uses a random number generator, so basically only play at the most reputable online casinos.
Take More Outside Bets
One way to maximize your chances of winning is to place bets on the outside chances—things like Red or Black, Odd or Even, High (1 to 18) or Low (19 to 36), Columns or Dozens. The first three are self explanatory: you bet which color you think the ball will land on, or if the ball will fall on an odd or even number, or if the number will fall on the low numbers between 1 to 18 or between the high numbers 19 to 36. These are even money bets.
Columns and Dozens are both bets with 2 to 1 odds, meaning your chances of winning are two out of three. They’re riskier than the even bets, but will pay off more. These are bets, like High or Low, based on how the number grid is split up. Dozens are bets placed on splitting the board up into groups of a dozen numbers: 1-12, 13-24, 25-36. Column bets are placed on the vertical arrangement of numbers on the grid.
With all of the outside bets you won’t get as big of a pay off placing these bets, but you will have a greater chance of winning. That also means you minimize your losses.
Doubling It Up
The Martingale Strategy is what you call doubling the amount that you’ve lost when playing an even bet like odd/even or red/black. You will win your lost money back by doubling your bet on that same bet until it pays off. Say you bet $10 on odd and lost. Next round, bet $20 on odd. If you lose again, bet $40. The theory behind this is that eventually you will win, and take back everything you lost. In practice, this does not work – no matter what anyone tries to sell you – because every casino whether online or offline has betting limits. Once you hit those, you won;t be able to double up and then you will lose a sick amount of money…
To sum it up, If you want to play roulette, stick to the easy bets like red or black and know that no matter what you do, the house will always have a small edge on you. Your best move is to only play at reputable sites, play only for fun and never never never play with money you cannot afford to lose.