Apr 21st 2007
Roulette is a very popular casino game. This is due to the fact that it is fun to play, captivating and very easy to learn and play.
Just like with all other casino games, there are some roulette myths going about. These are not based on any facts, they are just silly superstitions. You are advised not to pay any attention to them as they will only decrease your chances of winning.
# 1: There's no difference between roulette wheels
One of the most common roulette myths circulating around the casino floor is that all roulette wheels are the same. There are two types of roulette wheels: the American and the European wheel. There differences between them are minor, but they influence the odds considerably.
American wheels have all the numbers 1 to 36, plus 0 and 00 on them. This adds up to a total of 38 numbers. The house advantage that you are facing is 5.25%.
European wheels have all the numbers 1 to 36 on them, plus 0. This adds up to a total of 37 numbers. Because European wheels do not have the 00 slot, the house advantage is only 2.70%, which is half than the house advantage of American wheels. Since the house advantage is considerably smaller, you are advised to seek out and play European wheels.
# 2: Roulette spins are not random
The second roulette myth is that the outcome of a previous spin will influence the outcome of the next one. Every time the ball is spun all the numbers have the same chances of coming up, it's as simple as that.
Let's take a look at an example in order to understand this better. Let's say that for the last 10 spins the winning number was red. You might be tempted to think that the next winning number will be black. The truth of the matter is that the next winning number has 50-50 chances of being red or black. The only one that remembers the outcome of the previous spin is you, the player. It doesn't matter if for the last 100 spins the winning number was red. The next spin is independent from the previous one. The previous spin does not influence the current spin in no way. The chances of a certain number or color coming up are the same for every spin.
If you have played in a land base casino then surely you must have heard of "sleeping numbers". These are the numbers that have not come up in a while. Players like to seek out these numbers and bet on them. Why they do that is beyond me. Every time the ball is spun all the numbers have the same chances of coming up. The fact that a number has not come up in while does not mean that its chances of coming up on the next spin are better. A number has the same chances of coming up regardless if it hasn't come up in the last 10 spins or if it just came up in the last spin.
Remember that all spins are random and all the numbers on the table have the same 37-to-1 (when playing European roulette) or 38-to-1 (when playing American roulette) chances of coming up. These chances do not change, they are always the same.
# 3: Using a mathematical system will allow you to beat roulette
If you have understood why myth 2 doesn't work you will see why this one is absolute nonsense also. A system must have some data to analyze in order to come up with a sure way method of beating the house and always winning at roulette. But we have already seen that there is no such data. Analyzing the last spin will offer no conclusive result, no useful data. Without any data we cannot have a mathematical system.
There are plenty of people trying to sell you a foolproof mathematical roulette system. These systems do not work and if you buy one you are only wasting your money. In fact these systems are doomed to failure by their own nature. Just say no if someone offers to sell you a roulette system.
When playing roulette you do not rely on skill. This game is based on pure luck, nothing more. That is why a roulette system will never work. There's no way that you can always win at roulette.
# 4: Money management systems do not influence the odds
The house advantage is always the same. When playing European roulette it is 2.70% and when playing American roulette it is 5.25%. Money management systems will not influence these odds and will not lower the house advantage. Nor will they guarantee that you will win. The truth is that the house has an advantage even before you place any bet and the advantage remains the same for every bet that you place, regardless if you use a money management system or not. It's just how things work and there's nothing that you can do about it.
But if there is nothing that we can do to lower the house advantage, how can we make any money off roulette? Well, you have better chances now that you know what myths to ignore. Furthermore there are strategies and tips that you can use and slightly increase your odds. But remember that roulette is game based on pure luck and its main value is entertainment. If you are looking for a game where you can put your skill to good use then you are better off playing other casino games, such as poker or blackjack.