Roulette is the thrilling game of chance that has been the scene of countless tense movie scenes as smooth men and sexy women win or lose a fortune spinning a wheel. While there is no way to gain an advantage or even alter the odds at the roulette table , if you place your bets with a strategy that takes statistics into account, you will get the most out of your time at the table.
The trick to betting on roulette is understanding how much each bet is worth if it wins, but at the same time being able to continue betting if it loses. There is no point in putting everything in one number because unless you are very lucky, you will not be able to spend any money after one round of the wheel.
The simplest bets to place are outside bets. These are bets on red or black, odd or even, high (1-18) or low (19-36). These bets pay money and have the advantage that you can stretch your bankroll for quite some time by making minimum bets.
One method or betting on the outer blocks is to use the Martingale method. This method works by placing a bet on one of the outside bets. If you lose, double and place the same bet again and continue doubling until you win. When you finally win, you will get back all your previous bets plus one bet . However, there is a catch.
Most tables have a maximum bet and if you lose too many times in a row, your double bet will go over the maximum. Although this method does not “beat the system”, it is a good way to stay in the game for a while and if you are lucky you will get some winnings. You can also play two Martingale betting games in parallel, for example one in red or black and one in odd or even.
Group bets cover the numbers 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36. Similarly, column bets cover all the numbers in one of the three columns running the length of the table. Both types of bets pay 2: 1. You can also use the Martingale method on these bets. Although your chances of winning are lower, you are making a corresponding increase in your winnings.
Another fun betting method is to place a bet on the same number for each spin of the wheel. If your number appears before 36 bets have been placed, you will make a profit.
Famous physicist Albert Einstein said that the only way to win money at roulette is by stealing it when the dealer is not looking. However, understanding the betting system will help you put your cash in the right place at the right time and have a lot of fun along the way.