There are many so-called systems which claim to help you beat the casino at roulette – either online or at a physical casino – but the reality is most, if not all, of these systems aren’t worth the hype. And, as many of these systems break the house rules, using them can get you into big trouble.
However, you can still improve your chances of beating the casino while playing roulette if you make use of some simple to follow tips.
Before running you through some of these tips, it’s important to explain how roulette works and to give you an overview of the different types.
How does roulette work?
Like many other popular casino games, roulette is purely a game of chance. You essentially bet on the ball landing on a certain slot, or a certain type of slot.
If the outcome you betted on happens, you receive a payout, but if it lands anywhere else, you lose your stake.
The odds you get when playing roulette vary depending on the type of roulette you’re playing. This is because there are varying numbers of possible outcomes in each type of roulette.
In European or French roulette, there are 37 possible outcomes, as there are 36 numbers and a 0. So, your chances of winning are 2.70 percent, or 37/1.
So, in theory, you should be paid a 37/1 return, but you’ll actually be paid a 35/1 return, as the house always has an edge in all casino games so it can make a profit in the long run.
As for American roulette, the probability of you winning is lower. This is because there are 38 possible outcomes, due to there being 36 numbers, a 0 and a 00 slot.
In American roulette the house still pays out 35/1, so they have a larger edge in this type of roulette, so it’s less likely you will beat the casino in the long run. This brings us on to our first tip…
Play European or French Roulette
As the house has a bigger edge in American roulette, it’s advisable to avoid playing this variant and instead only play French or European roulette.
This tip really is a no brainer, as giving the house a bigger edge is always bad for the player and makes it less likely you’ll make a profit over the course of many bets.
Utilize roulette bonuses
Roulette bonuses aren’t a feature of physical casinos, but almost every online casino will offer bonuses in some form to entice new players and to reward loyal players.
These bonuses may take the form of free games or better odds. Regardless of what the exact bonus is, it’s worth utilizing all bonuses as they can greatly increase your winnings and allow you to play some rounds without risking your own money.
It’s important to make sure you completely understand the terms and conditions of any bonus offer before using it.
Only bet what you can afford to lose and have a predetermined bankroll strategy
You should never play roulette with money that you can’t afford to lose, as this can land you in a lot of financial trouble and the added stress and pressure is sure to make the whole experience unenjoyable for you.
Furthermore, risking money that you can’t afford to lose is likely to make you chase losses and make bad decisions.
On a separate note, you should have a predetermined bankroll strategy so you know how much money you’ll be betting on each game. This prevents you from making rash decisions and risking too much money at once.