Although many enjoy the thrill of placing high-risk bets at the Roulette table, it is not the wisest way to go about keeping your balance in the green, and money in your pocket. There is, of course, nothing wrong with making a few wild bets, and it is indeed highly rewarding when these cowboy style bets pay off. But, for those who take Roulette more seriously, there are a few crucial things to keep in mind.
These are a few essential tips for Roulette beginners, each of which is sure to improve your overall performance at the game and to increase your chances of winning. Remember that Roulette is a skills based gaming, meaning the more you know, and the more you practice, the better you will inevitably get.
Roulette Basics Brush-up
Although most know the basic rules of Roulette, it never hurts to brush-up your knowledge and be reminded of the core game play mechanics. Roulette is based around a wheel with 37 pockets, including the zero pocket. The player must place bets on where the white ball will land upon the wheel coming to a stop. As with all casino games, the higher the risk of the bet, the more reward is given if the bet pays off. Essentially, however, in Roulette a player may place multiple bets for each spin, which can reduce the risk significantly.
Spreading The Risk
Veteran Roulette players know that the key of the game is to spread bets around the betting table. Sure, placing one bet on a lucky number will pay out an enormous amount if it pays off, but the chances of this occurring are not good at all. They are, in fact, 1 in 37. Instead it is best to place multiple bets on a variety of betting options. In this fashion the chances of winning go up significantly. The real challenge is balancing out the total amount bet with the chances of making a profit should a bet pay off. For example;
- Place a bet on one lucky number
- Place a bet on red or black
- Place a bet on the first, second, or third twelve
This betting strategy covers a good portion of the table, and even if the lucky number does not win, and the bet on the first, second or third twelve does not win, there is a very good chance that the red or black bet will win. This should at least cover the amount bet overall. This should cover costs until eventually the bet on the lucky number will win, which should put the player over the top to earn profit.
Know Your Roulette Wheel
This is also a tip many players are aware of, but it is worth being reminded about. There is a significant difference between the European and American versions of Roulette wheels. The American Roulette wheel has an added zero pocket, which greatly increases the house edge. This, of course, means that the chances of the player winning are dramatically decreased.
Since the zero pocket is neither red nor black, and is not included in any of the group betting options, the player must specifically bet on it in order to win. In other words when the zero pocket is landed, most players lose all their bets. It is referred to as the house edge, and is put on the Roulette wheel to ensure that the casino can keep its doors open. An added zero pocket in the American Roulette wheel is not beneficial to the player in any way. Hence, you should always insist on only playing with a European Roulette wheel.
Learn a Strategy or a Betting System
There are hundreds of Roulette strategies available online, all of them completely free. If you are serious about getting better at Roulette, it is essential to get a Roulette betting strategy, and stick to it. It is not just enough to follow the strategy, however, you should make every effort to understand what it is the strategy is trying to achieve. Some strategy guides are aggressive and aim to win as much money as possible in as short a time period as possible, while others are conservative and function over long periods of time. Either way, print the strategy guide out and keep it beside you as you play.
There is, of course, no such thing as a perfect strategy guide, and you will still experience losing streaks and winning streaks. Either way, as long as you are learning, you will be improving. Over time you will find a strategy guide that works best for what you are trying to achieve. Stick with that strategy guide, and when you understand enough about it start making your own additions to the strategy. The best Roulette players use a combination of multiple strategies.