Roulette has an extensive history, with its origins dating back to 18th century France. Throughout its lengthy existence, the game has spawned many theories regarding strategies to minimise losses, maximise wins and play the game itself.
The sophistication of the game, its terminology, the motion of the mechanism and the chattering of dice, evoke feelings of excitement and the prospect of riches. Dubbed ‘the little wheel’, the game has several betting options and several opportunities for strategic play. Like all casino games, Roulette is a game of chance; however, by adopting a consistent betting system and applying some basic rules, you can greatly improve your odds to win big at ‘the little wheel’.
Strategy 1: Know the Wheel
Although this seems fairly obvious, it is essential to have an intimate working knowledge of how the roulette wheel is laid out, its oddities and the different types of wheels available. The best way to do this is to carefully observing live games and to play as much as possible. Online and mobile casinos, along with practice modes, coupons and bonuses have made this increasingly feasible.
It is essential to choose a form of roulette that best serves your interests. American roulette has both a single and a double zero (an additional green pocket), while European roulette has only a single zero. Thus, mathematically speaking, the odds of winning are 1 in 38 and 1 in 37 for American and European wheels respectively. This gives players on European wheels a distinct advantage.
Strategy 2: The Martingale System
Dating back to the early days of roulette, the Martingale system is one of the oldest and most common strategies adopted by players. The concept is relatively simple – to double your bet after each consecutive loss and, upon winning, to go back to your original bet. This ensures that by consistently betting (and not panicking), the player’s first win recovers all previous losses. Also referred to as the ‘double up method’, it is most commonly used on even chance bets, such as betting on colours, odd or even, or high or low-value numbers.
Although this strategy is statistically reliable, it is highly risky for gamblers with a relatively low limit. In other words, an unlucky run could potentially bankrupt players before they’re able to recover losses.
In contrast, the Anti-martingale system applies the opposite concept, whereby bets are reduced with each loss and doubled with each win. The intent of this strategy is for players to capitalise on ‘winning streaks’ and to mitigate ‘bad runs’. However, as single bets are independent of each other, this system is largely regarded as ‘gambler’s fallacy’ and is better applied to games or situations that are serially correlated.
Strategy 3: The Fibonacci System
The Fibonacci system is based on the mathematical principle whereby the next number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two. For example, a possible string of numbers could include: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.; with players progressively betting more along the Fibonacci sequence until they win. Upon winning, the player can return to the beginning of the sequence.
As with the Martingale concept, the Fibonacci system is mainly used with even chance bets. Using it for inside bets is primarily regarded as unwise. It may take a while for players to return to the beginning of the sequence, so a lot of patience (and nerves of steel) is required!
The Fibonacci system is regarded as one of the better betting systems, as it is relatively straightforward and considered less aggressive than the Martingale system.
It is important to note that the strategies mentioned above do not guarantee success but provide an informed way to play the game.
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