When playing roulette, a general understanding of roulette strategies is very important, as there are many betting combinations to consider. The most important strategy is to distinguish between a good bet and a bad one. An in-depth knowledge of basic strategies will help you to win most of your bets if not all. By following these strategies, you can minimize the chances of losing, thus maximizing your probabilities of winning.
Learning Basic Roulette Strategy
Those who do not know basic Roulette strategies, often place their chips without any thought, relying mainly on their intuition. In fact, most of the time, they place the poorest value bets. By placing so many bets simultaneously they end up betting against themselves. So even if they win, the amount is often less or only a little more than the amount they had wagered.
Another widely followed roulette strategy is to keep a record of the numbers that had come up in previous games. Both land and online Casinos also encourage this strategy so that you can analyze the sequence in which the numbers appeared. This strategy is based on the theory of probability and chance which assumes that each number has an equal chance of appearing and the chances of the appearance of numbers average out in the long run. According to this strategy, if a number has not appeared for a long time it must be due any time now. So, if you bet on that number continuously, you can actually win. But, this Roulette strategy is good for nothing, so it is better to avoid it altogether.
According to basic roulette strategies, you can expect to lose the amount equal to the value of your average stake per bet after every 37 games. So, you can gain only NZ$36 for every NZ$37 you bet but only if everything goes according to the odds. That’s why the casino always has a slight advantage over the players. So, the more you bet, the more you will lose over a certain period of time.
The best strategy in this situation is to leave the table when you have accumulated a reasonable amount of profit. You may win later on, but the basic strategy predicts that there are slightly more chances of losing after a spate of winnings. Losses can prompt you to chase your previous winnings again and you will be caught in the vicious circle of losses and wins with the losses tilting the scales more than the wins. In order to avoid this unpleasant situation, you must follow the strategy of setting a predetermined win or loss goal and finishing that session when you reach it.
Moreover, you must follow the Roulette strategy of playing on the colors/high-low/odds-evens because it further cuts the bank’s advantage as you lose only half of your bet when zero drops in. Raising your bet on a loss and lowering it on a win is also a good Roulette strategy. It cancels the losses and saves the wins to some extent. Making a long-term strategy is always profitable.
How Roulette Games Work
While you may be familiar with the workings of a traditional roulette wheel, things are a little different when it comes to understanding how roulette games work online. The main difference between land-based roulette playing and online roulette is the fact that the latter depends on something called a Random Number Generator (RNG) to produce its numbers.
This little device can be compared to a RNG chip that you are probably familiar with that is found in slot machines – both online and offline. Every second literally thousands of numbers are produced and these numbers are then extracted once the roulette wheel is spun. Using a set of rules that match the odds of the game, the numbers are mapped to an end result that finally produces the number/color that the roulette ball eventually lands on.
You might very well be hesitant to trust the RNG of roulette games on the internet, believing that they might be ‘fiddled’ with and thus change the odds of your winning. Bear in mind that most online casinos are businesses in every sense of the word and would be downright foolish to risk their reputations in an ever-competitive industry if they were caught fooling with the RNG. In my experience in the gambling world, I have found it very rare to come across sites that conduct unsavory playing practices such as ‘letting the player win’ in free mode in order to bait them onto their site, or the likes. Remember to check the message boards, gambling portals and blacklisted casinos to know which sites to avoid.
Remember that the odds differ between the two versions of roulette. American roulette has odds of about 5.3%, while European roulette is more worthwhile for you, the gambler, with a house edge of 2.7%.