Roulette is a simple game, even though you have many different betting options. You decide what to bet on, place your chips in the correct spot, and the casino employee spins the wheel and drops the ball. When the ball lands, you either lose your bet or get paid based on the odds when you win.
All of the wagers have the same house edge in the long run, so it doesn’t matter what you decide to bet on. Popular bets are the even money bets, most commonly made on black, red, odd, or even. These bets pay 1 to 1, and you win close to half the time.
When playing roulette the bets that have the highest pay outs are the single number bets. They pay 35 to 1, but you don’t win them very often. You can also make bets on many other options that have pay outs between even money bets and single number bets, with the odds of winning the bet going down as the pay outs go up.
Here are three mistakes that roulette players make, and how to avoid them. Don’t worry, these are simple to fix, and your results are going to improve as soon as you fix these mistakes.
1 – You Play on American Roulette Wheels
Did you know that there are at least four different types of roulette wheels and tables? Most roulette players aren’t aware of the different types of wheels and tables and don’t know how each one changes their chances of winning.
The four types of roulette wheels and tables I know of are:
- French roulette
- European roulette
- American roulette
- Triple zero roulette
The most common roulette wheels and tables are either American or European. But the casinos rarely call them by these names. However, it’s easy to tell the difference as soon as you walk up to the wheel between American and European roulette.
An American roulette wheel has a zero space and a double zero space. A European roulette wheel only has a single zero space; not a double zero space. A French roulette wheel looks exactly the same as a European roulette wheel, but there are a couple of rules that make it a slightly better game.
I mentioned triple zero roulette, but you don’t need to know much about it, because it’s by far the worst roulette game I‘ve ever seen. Never play on a triple zero roulette wheel or table. The house edge is far too high, and I don’t know why the game was ever invented.
On an American roulette wheel the addition of the extra space makes the house edge higher. It’s easy to see why the house edge is higher. When you make an even money bet on a wheel with a double zero space you win on 18 out of 38 spins, and on a single zero wheel you win on 18 out of 37 spins.
The house edge on a double zero, or American, roulette wheel is 5.26%. The house edge on a single zero, or European, roulette wheel is 2.7%. This is why you should stop making the mistake of playing on an American roulette wheel.
You should always play on a single zero roulette wheel. If one isn’t available, there are other casino games that offer a lower house edge and you should play one of them. If you can find a roulette wheel and table offering French rules, the house edge on even money bets goes down to between 1.3% and 1.4%. These wheels and tables are rare, but a few of them exist.
The main rule difference between European and French roulette is when you make an even money bet on a French wheel and the ball lands on the zero space you get back half your bet. Some tables use the in prison rule, which means that instead of getting half your bet returned, the bet is held until the next spin.
When your bet is in prison, if you win on the next spin you get your in prison wager back without any winnings on it.
2 – You Use a Roulette System
I just ran a search on Bing for the term roulette systems and it came up with 7,720,000 results. You can buy books that supposedly teach you how to beat roulette, buy home study courses, and watch videos that are supposed to have some secret system that guarantees wins.
Obviously, many people are peddling information about roulette systems. Please allow me to help you save a great deal of time and money. A roulette system that beats the game, in the long run, doesn’t exist. You can’t use a system to beat roulette; no matter how good the sales pitch sounds.
I’ve seen all different kinds of roulette systems that sound good, but none of them hold up to long term play. A common one involves betting on even money bets and doubling your wagers after every loss. This can work for a short time, but eventually, you lose too many spins in a row and get wiped out.
The only way to beat roulette, in the long run, is to find a biased wheel and/or use clocking technology. Clocking roulette wheels is illegal in most areas, and biased wheels are quite rare. It’s faster and easier to make money gambling by learning how to count cards playing blackjack or learn how to beat poker.
If you’re using a roulette system now, you need to forget about it before the huge loss comes. If you see an advertisement for a roulette system, you need to ignore it. The only people making money with roulette systems are the people selling the systems. If someone had a system that actually beat roulette they would be winning at the table instead of selling it.
The mathematical way that roulette is designed, you can’t design a system that can overcome the house edge. If you want to play roulette with the best chance to win you need to make even money wagers on a French wheel and collect as many comps as possible. You still won’t win in the long run, but this is the least costly way to play.
3 – You Don’t Get a Bonus for Online Play
One of the things that most gamblers don’t consider is how much money they risk every hour. When you play roulette in a land based casino it’s a fairly slow game. But when you play online casino you can get in many more spins every hour.
The more money you risk every hour, the more money you lose every hour. On average, you can multiply the total amount you risk in an hour times the house edge to find out how much you lose. Your results will vary from hour to hour, but in the long run you’re going to lose the house edge times the amount you risk.
Because you can play hundreds of spins every hour when you play roulette online, you can put much more at risk. In a land based casino you might only play 50 spins per hour, but you can easily play 300 or more online in the same time frame.
The only upside to playing roulette online is some casinos give you a deposit bonus. A deposit bonus gives you extra money to play with. Many deposit bonuses double your deposit amount, and some offer a higher multiple.
In the long run you’re still going to lose, even with a bonus. But if you’re going to play roulette online you should never play without a bonus. Read the terms and conditions of every bonus offer to verify that you can play roulette with the bonus.
The terms and conditions also explain what you need to do to clear the bonus and cash out anything you’re lucky enough to win.
You can quickly improve your roulette results by eliminating the mistakes I showed you above. Find a roulette wheel with French rules and stick to even money bets and you can play with the lowest house edge available. French rules roulette tables are challenging to find.
If you can’t find a French rules table, you can play on a European table and wheel. By simply switching from an American roulette wheel to a European roulette wheel, you cut the house edge almost in half.
The next thing that can help you immediately is forget about roulette systems. None of them work, and you waste time and money on them.
Finally, don’t play roulette online unless you get a bonus to increase your bankroll. The bonus isn’t going to help you win money in the long run, but it lets you play longer for the same investment. Also, remember that you can play many more spins every hour when you play online than when you play in a regular casino. Of course, you don’t have to spin as fast as you can online. The best option is to slow down when you play online, so you can play longer.