The first thing to know about Roulette is that there is no way to predict where the ball is going to land. All of the numbers are random, so much in fact that the number which was a winner in the last spin has no bearing on the next number.
However, there are tips that can increase your odds of making your trip to the roulette table a profitable one.
Tips for Success
Probably the most important tip would be to play with small chips and not risk much since the chances of winning and losing are exactly the same. As any successful gambler is known to quote, Bet with your head, not over it. Most importantly, never place all of your money on one spin.
If you have the option, always choose the European wheel as the odds are higher than the odds of American roulette (2.7% to 5.26%). A few casinos do offer European wheels, but you are most likely to see this option when playing Roulette on the Internet.
If you have the opportunity, use the En Prison rule which allows you to save the bet in case it landed on 0 for one more spin. Basically, if you placed a bet and the ball landed on 0 the bet will be kept for one more spin. In the event your bet wins on the second try you will get your money back. Conversely, if the ball lands on something else on the second try you will lose your money. Again, it would be pretty rare to have this option in a casino setting, but if this option is available in a cyber setting be sure to take advantage of it.
Another subtle tip that could save you big money is choosing an actual table over an electronic one. Many casinos now offer electronic roulette where the dealer drops the ball into an actual roulette wheel, but all of the bets and payouts are done electronically on the players’ screens encircling the dealer. True, this may seem like a more comfortable atmosphere than a crowded table, but you will lose your money at a much slower pace at that crowded table. The reason for this is that it takes quite a bit of time in between each spin for the dealer to clear the losing bets and then pay out the winning bets. The more crowded the table, the longer the periods between spins. On the contrary, with the electronic game there are no losing bets to clear and no winning bets to pay out; it’s just one spin after another.
Bigger Edge for the House
Roulette is an easy game to play and understand and therefore people flock to it. Unfortunately, games that are easy to understand usually have the highest house edge. Keeping that in mind, if you’re looking to get rich quick then roulette probably isn’t your game. However, if you enjoy a slow paced table game, the comradeship of fellow gamers and free drinks then roulette is definitely for you.