How to win at roulette
Roulette is one of the oldest gambling games. Because it is a random game, the whole point is based on the probability of winning. There are ways to play smart to reduce the risk of losing, but the design of the game always gives the advantage to a house. Keep this in mind when you come across articles that guarantee unreal winnings. Remember to play responsibly and, above all, have fun.
Method 1 – Inside and outside bets
1. Gain experience by playing for play money.
See if the casino offers a free roulette table, get yourself a toy version at home or play online roulette for fun to get some practice. This way you will get to know the different types of bets you can place. In this article we will give you a brief overview of what they are.
The betting table generally consists of 36 fields, arranged in three columns and twelve rows. Bets can be divided into two categories:
Inside bets are bets on specific numbers. If you place $1 on a single number and you win, the payout is 35 to 1, i.e. $35 plus your placed $1. You can also place six numbers on one bet at the same time, then in case of a win the payout will be 5 to 1.
Outside bets are bets on groups of fields, i.e. black or white, even or odd, or dozens. Such bets are more likely to win, but the payouts are smaller, 2 to 1 or 1 to 1. The fields for these bets are located on the sides of the main board, which is why they are called outside bets.
2. Place bets on outside bets to increase your chances of winning.
As long as you meet the minimum betting requirements at the table, you can place as many bets as you want in one round. For example, you can bet $1 on even and $1 on black. If the ball lands on black 10, you will win $2, in case of red 16 you won’t win, but you won’t lose. Besides red/black and odd/even there are other types of outside bets.
High/low – choose whether there will be a number between 1-18 or 19-36. The odds are 1 to 1.
Dozens – you can choose from three groups of fields, from 1 to 12, from 13 to 24, and from 25 to 36. Odds in this case are 2 to 1.
Columns – bet on all numbers in one column. Odds are also 2 to 1.
3. Inside bets increase your payout.
Although they have the biggest odds, betting on a single number is risky. The probability that the ball lands on the exact number is 1 to 37 (2.7%) in European roulette and 1 to 38 (2.63%) in the American version. With inside bets you can cover more than one number with one chip – two, three, four or six numbers.
The win decreases with the more boxes you tick. For a single number the payout is 35 to 1, for six fields – 5 to 1.
When you place a bet on more than one field with one chip, the fields must be adjacent to each other. The exception is 4 corners bets, when you bet on all 4 fields in the corners of the board.
4. Watch the wheel, note what other players are betting, and find the trend.
Watch the moment when the dealer throws a ball out of his hands. Pay attention to which part of the wheel the ball is released and where it lands. If the wheel is rigged or tilted, some areas will be drawn more often than others. If the players at the table win regularly, try copying their bets.
Tip: Single numbers that fall out several times in a short period of time are usually a coincidence, but a frequent landing of the ball in the same area of the wheel probably indicates imperfect gear.
Method 2 – Minimize losses
1. Set your target and stick to it.
With both roulette and every casino game, you should set the amount of money you can lose in advance. Once you have made your decision, stick to it. Emotions often go up, and even the most self-confident person can forget themselves, especially with a game as fast as roulette.
Additionally, set yourself how much you want to win. You must have a clear goal when you leave the table as a winner. Don’t set the bar too high, ideally it should be 5% of your monthly salary in one session.
To keep discipline, limit the amount of alcohol you have during the game. Write down the maximum loss on a piece of paper and keep it in a pocket. If you are in a casino with a friend, ask him to remind you of this at the right time.
2. Reduce your betting amount to protect your profit
If you started with $100, and you already have $50, pay yourself a profit ($50) instead of increasing the value of your bets. Still play for the remaining $100, this way you can only lose $50.
The more you pay out your winnings, the more likely it is that you will end up with a plus.
3. Keep in mind that the casino always has an advantage.
Since the payout for a hit number is 35 to 1 and not 37 to 1 or 38 to 1, the casino always has an advantage. Remember that roulette has an extra 0 field and American roulette additionaly has another 00 field. This means that even if you place a fairly safe bet on red or black, or even or odd, you still have less than 50% chance of winning because both 0 and 00 are green (neither red nor black, nor even or even).
Suppose you bet $1 on the same number on European Roulette for 37 times. Statistically you will lose 36 times, and 1 time you will win when the ball lands on your number. This means that you have lost $36 and you will only gain $35 when you win. After 37 moves you lose $1 on average. This is how we calculate the casino advantage of 2.7% (1/37).
Similarly, if you have 36 fields and 0, you have a 51.35% chance of losing by betting on red or black. Let’s say you bet $1 on black for 37 times and all the numbers fall out once. You won a total of $18 and lost $19. Again, the casino advantage is 2.7%.
This means that whatever type of bet you place, you always have a better chance of losing than the casino.
4. play the European version, not the American version
American roulette has an extra 00 field, which reduces our chances of winning even more. One field may seem insignificant, but the calculation is drastically affected.
Remember that in the European version the casino advantage is 2.7%. If you bet $1 on the same number for 37 times, you will statistically lose $1 ($35 winnings and $36 losses).
If you bet $1 on the same number 38 times on American roulette (remember the extra field), you will win $35 on average and lose $37, which means a balance of $2 loss. This gives to a casino advantage of 5.26% (2/38), which is twice as much as in European Roulette.
5. Remember that this statistic applies to a very large number of roulette attempts.
People win at roulette most often because they are lucky and withdraw at the right time. Each number has a chance of 1 to 37 (European) or 1 to 38 (American) to draw. Each draw is independent of the others. The ball has no memory. The more you play, the greater the chance that the statistics will work.
In the case of a small number of turns, there is no guarantee that each number will fall out the same number of times. The ball can land five times in a row on red, although each time the probability on red and black is about 50-50.
As an example, flip a coin two times. It is quite likely that the same side will fall out twice. But if you flip this coin a hundred times, there will be no big difference between heds and tails.
Tip: Since the statistic starts to work with more attempts, the probability of winning the casino increases with time. If you have won several bets within a short time interval, finish the game before you start losing.
Method 3 – Popular betting strategies
1. Try to predict where the ball will fall.
Determine a characteristic point on the wheel, for example the zero number. When the ball starts to slow down, remember its position relative to this point and compare it with the placve where it will fall out. This requires proficiency, but with practice you will be able to estimate the area of the wheel where the ball will land.
If you have been able to estimate the area on the wheel where the ball will land before the dealer stops betting, try to place all the numbers in that area.
Some wheels are slightly tilted. In such cases, the ball is more likely to land on the opposite side from where the dealer released it.
Tip: There are applications that use a camera to analyze the speed of the ball and the rotation of the wheel, and quite accurately predict where the ball will fall. Remember, however, that casinos monitor everything that happens in the house and you can have real trouble for using this type of equipment.
2. Use La Partage and En Prison rules whenever possible.
La Partage and En Prison can only be found at European roulette. In La Partage, if you place a 50/50 bet (for example, red or white) and the ball lands at 0, you share your bet with the casino equally.
How does La Partage work? Let’s just say you bet $10 on black. If the ball lands on zero, the casinos collect $5 and the rest goes to you.
En Prison works the same way. If you bet $10 on black, and it goes on zero, the casino will retain your $10. However, if the next round is black, you will be refunded the entire $10. You have not won anything, but you have not lost anything neither.
3. The Fibonacci system means low wins and low risk of losing.
With this strategy, you only place 50/50 bets (like odd/even) and increase the bet progressively according to the Fibonacci sequence. If you lose in the first round, bet multiple times in the next round according to the next number from the sequence. Increase your stake each time you lose a bet, and when you win, return to the stake before the two draws.
A Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers in which each consecutive number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. The beginning of the sequence is: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89.
Suppose you start with a $1 bet and lose four times in a row. For now you have lost $7 ($1 + $1 + $2 + $3). If you win the fifth time, you recover the lost $5. You go back two numbers back so the next bet should be $2. Reducing the bet amount reduces the risk of winning.
Fibonacci’s strategy is quite security-oriented, but low risk means low profit. Also remember that casinos always have a 2.7% (European) or 5.3% (American) advantage, so no math can beat the system.
4. Use James Bond’s strategy no more than once or twice.
The system is based on dividing the betting amount between high numbers, six fields and zero. For example, if you want to bet $200 you should bet $140 on high numbers (19-36), $50 on six numbers (13-18) and $10 on zero. This definitely increases your chances of winning.
The amounts shown here apply to a $200 bet, but if you choose to bet at a different stake, remember to keep the proportions in mind. For example, if you bet $40, divide the amount into three bets of $28, $10 and $2 each.
If a number falls between 19 and 36, you have a $80 profit on a $200 bet. If the ball falls between 13 and 18, you earn $100, and if it falls zero, the profit will be $160.
Remember the risk. There is no guarantee that the ball will not land between number 1 and 12 several times in a row. If this happens 5 times in a row and the stake was $200, you will lose $1000.
5. Martingale’s strategy is a high risk.
With this strategy you are betting on an outside bet of 50-50. You are betting on this amount as long as you win. If you lose, you double your bet on the next bet. You do this until you win again. You will then get your money back from all the bets you have lost so far, but doubling your bets is extremely risky.
Let’s just say you bet $10 on red and lost. In the next round you bet $20, and if you win you will get back $10 and win $10 extra. The problem with this strategy is that a series of losses can quickly lead to bankruptcy.
With four wheel spins, there is no guarantee that the ball will fall out twice on red and twice on black, although the odds are almost 50-50. You can bet four times on red and the ball will land on the black field every time.
Suppose you started at $10, lost four times in a row and doubled your bet each time – first to $20, then to $40 and finally to $80. If you spent $150 on a game, you will lose the entire bankroll before you can make up for it.