Learning the roulette strategies
Being a game of pure chance, coming up with a sure fire winning strategy for roulette is 100 percent impossible.
That's because casino roulette has been designed to tip the chances to the house advantage. Yet there are ways to improve your chances of winning too. That's by taking note of casino rules and having some knowledge of computing probability because the secret lies in keeping the house edge at a minimum through these rules as much as possible.
- Choose the wheel to play
- In choosing the wheel, opt for the European wheel with a single zero on it. This kind of wheel in land-based casinos will most likely be found only in Europe or in the Monte Carlo Casino. However, this kind of wheel is common among online roulette casinos. With this kind of wheel, the house edge is lowered by 2.56 percent, leaving the house with a 2.7 percent edge. As you can clearly see, this isn't some system to be followed, just a mere selection of the kind of wheel to play.
- The En Prison strategy
- The En Prison rule lets the player get either half of his money back or hold the bet if the ball lands on a zero in an even-money bet which includes high or low bets, red or black, and odd or even bets. In the case that the player chooses to imprison the bet and in the next spin he or she wins, then the bet is released and the player gets the stake back, no more, no less. Now, what if, on the next spin, the ball still lands on a zero? Several countries have different solutions for this.
Holland, for example, allows the player to get his or her half of the bet money back immediately or the bet is double imprisoned. Since it is in the double imprisoned state, it will also take two winning bets to release it. Any more zeroes after that, the player loses. In Berlin, if the bet following an imprisoned one wins, the player gets all his or her money back, otherwise, if another zero occurs, the player loses. The player may also ask the croupier to move the imprisoned bet from one to another even-money bet. The result is a little over 1 percent house edge.
- The surrender tactic
- You can also watch for the surrender rule wherein all even-money bets are included. When the ball lands in a zero or double zero pockets, only half of your bet is lost. The effect is that the house edge is lowered by half through the halved payment. Even if the payoffs won't be as substantial as the other kinds of bets, the fact that it lowers the house's edge remains.
- The martingale technique
- Just so you'll know about some of the attempts at beating the house by making a betting system, there is the Martingale betting strategy, wherein the player doubles his bet after a losing one to cover for the lost bet in addition to gaining some profit.
- The Labouchere system
- This system works in a similar manner with the Martingale system but doesn't necessitate betting double after a loss. This system also works like a tracker on the wins and losses and making computations as to how much to bet to regain the loss. Some believe there are more chances in betting only in red, or that employing the Fibonacci numbers will help.
Either way, the only real system to beat is the one using the zero and double zero, which is the house edge. Thus, the best option to try is the house rules and wheel selection. You're free to try any of these simple tips and enjoy some exciting discoveries at the game.
- Small Numbers System or the 2/3 law
- A study, made by several scientists, who analysed a huge series of consecutive 37 wheel spins, shows that in a big series of spins the wheel will generate most often only 2/3 of the numbers that are on the cylinder.
They also established that in a series of 37 wheel spins where numbers 6 and 13 will be generated just once, numbers 7 and 8 will be generated twice, numbers 2 and 3 will be generated three times and numbers between 0 and 7 will be generated four times or more.
- The Biarritz System
- The Biarritz Strategy is a simple roulette system first proposed by Alexander Makarov, a well-known software developer. This system is very aggressive. You always bet on the same number, using a straight up bet with an expected win of 35 to 1. The bet is replaced every time you lose, the amount wagered remains the same every time.
- The Fibonacci System
- This system is an easy progression based on the Fibonacci progression and the main purpose is to minimise your losses. The principle is fairly simple, for the current bet you wager the amount of money that was wagered in the last two bets combined. In generally this system is used when betting on a dozen or a column.
The next is an example of the system.
- Round 1: 1 chip bet
- Round 2: 1 chip bet
- Round 3: 2 chips bet
- Round 4: 3 chips bet
- Round 5: 5 chips bet
- Round 6: 8 chips bet
- Round 7: 13 chips bet
- Round 8: 21 chips bet
- Round 9: 34 chips bet
- Round 10: 55 chips bet
This system has two major flaws. The first one is that you could easily reach the table limit and the second flaw is that you need a large amount of money to be able to use this system. The Fibonacci system collapses if you reach the table limit, and the losses could be huge.
For example, if you lose in the 10th round, you lose a total of 143 chips. If you lose in the 11th round, your actual loss will be of 232 chips. If you lose in the 12th round, your actual loss will be of 376 chips.
Final tip is to just avoid all systems!