Apr 17th 2007
It seems like everybody has advice on the matter and all of them are trying to get you to listen to it. Try to use an internet search engine for example. You will get hundreds if not thousands of results on roulette winning strategies or systems. And all of them guarantee you will win at the roulette table.
Most of the advice you will find online is not any good. It is true that you can use different roulette winning strategies and systems when playing casino games like blackjack or poker. That is because the decisions you make when playing these games directly influence the outcome of the game. But roulette is a game where luck plays the most important part. All you get to do is place your bet and hope your number will be the winning one. Once that ball starts spinning there is nothing you can do to influence it. And most of all you can never tell for sure which number will be the winning one.
Keeping this in mind, can roulette be played smart? The best way to play a smart game of roulette is to use a good bankroll management system. Budget your money and respect that budget. If it sounds very simple it's because it is very simple. Playing smart means knowing when to play, how to play, and most important of all knowing when to stop playing and walk away.
The first thing to do is to set up a budget to use. Think of how much money you can afford to spend playing roulette, and only roulette. Do not assume that you will win. That is why you must use as much money as you can afford to lose. If you have good luck and place bets with good odds, you may just win and even make a little profit. But if you place bets that have small odds you can end up losing your money very fast. That is why you must always be careful when setting up your budget and gamble only as much as you are comfortable to lose.
Pocket any winnings that you get. Whenever you get a payout, do not re-bet the winnings. Instead put away those winnings. At the end of your session you will have lost the budgeted amount, but you have the winnings that you pocketed. Sometimes these winnings aren't that big, but other times you may get lucky and make a bundle. It is always better to pocket the winnings as they ensure you do not walk away from the roulette table without any money in your pockets.
Maybe you want to play for a longer period of time. In order to maximize the time you spend at the roulette table you should always bet the table minimum. Finding a table with a low table minimum is also useful. If for example you only have $100 to gamble with, you will only get 5 spins on a table that has a $20 minimum bet. But if you find a table with a $5 minimum bet you will get 20 spins for the same amount of money.
The most important part of playing a smart game is knowing when to walk away. If you have spent all the budgeted money, do not be tempted to dip into any other funds. Simply walk away. This is extremely useful to remember when you have a hot streak. No hot streak can last forever, and if you do not know when to walk away you may just find yourself losing all the money that you won. Roulette is a game of chance after all. If you still want to play after you have walked away, then make a new budget and respect it.
This last piece of advice is useful when playing any other casino game, not only roulette. Avoid playing when you are emotional. If you had an unlucky streak and find yourself upset or mad, just walk away. Playing when you are emotional will only cause you to lose. That is because you will make worse and worse decisions the more emotional you are. And the worse your decisions are, the more money you will lose. It is a vicious circle, and the only way to end it is to simply walk away. Return to the roulette table another time, when you are clear headed and can focus on the game.