Some Curiosities about roulette
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1. The odds of winning at roulette are not as negative as you might imagine
The house edge in roulette is well known with almost 5.26%, but many other aspects must also be taken into account to play roulette. The difference between a 0.1% house edge and a 0.1% player edge is much more significant than a 0.1% house edge and a 0 house edge, two%.
But you also have to keep in mind that roulette is a much slower game than any other casino, so you are analyzing the expected loss per hour if you play the casino. In the case of roulette, it is much lower than any other game.
2. Even money bets are NOT 50/50.
Even money bets are red or black, even or odd, low (1-18) or high (19-36). Many players think there is a 50% chance of winning such a bet and that these bets are close to break-even due to their equal payouts. But that’s not entirely true. A roulette game has 38 possible outcomes. 2 of those 38 outcomes are outside the parameters of any of those even money bets.
A spinner has a 0 and a 00, and they are both green, NOT red or black. These 0’s and 00’s also don’t count as even OR odd. So any actual money bet is lost when the ball lands on a 0 or 00.
There are 18 black outcomes out of a total of 38 possible outcomes. Therefore, the probability of winning that bet is therefore 18 divided by 38, or 47.37%.
3. It is impossible to gain an advantage.
Most players try to gain an advantage by using a betting system that involves increasing and decreasing the size of their bets based on previous roulette results. The problem with these betting systems is that past results do not affect the probability of future results. That seems counterintuitive, but that’s how the game’s math works.
Imagine that you are playing roulette, and the ball lands on black five times in a row. What is the probability that the ball lands on black? Since there are still 18 black and 38 possible outcomes in total, the probability is STILL 47.37%. It has not changed due to previous results.
Some players time the wheel to look for bias since the roulette wheel is a mechanical device likely, it will not give mathematically true results. You should time the wheel for thousands of spins before detecting a bias. That’s hundreds of hours of your time.
4. Movies have shown a distorted image of roulette.
Many people think that roulette is an easy game to cheat on because they have seen movies and TV shows that imply that the dealer has some control over the game’s outcome. The most famous example of this is in Casablanca. Rick wants to help a young couple who are being victimized by the local authorities. He tells the young man to bet on 22. He signals the dealer, and the game results in 22. Rick tells the young man to keep his money at 22. He wins again.
5. The Martingale System is probably much weaker than you think.
This is how the Martingale system works. You place an even money bet at the roulette table. Let’s use 10 $ as a starting point. If you win, you win 10 $, but if you lose, you make another bet for double, that is, 20 $. If you win, you will have recovered the first 10 $ that you lost, and you will have a profit of 10 $. But if you lose, you double the bet again, that is, 40 $.
This seems foolproof at first glance, but here are two things that most people do not take into account:
- You don’t have an unlimited bankroll.
- The casino has betting limits.
- There will likely come a time when you will need to place a bet so large that you won’t have enough money to cover it, or it will be higher than the betting limits at the table.
6. The roulette numbers add up to 666
And for that, sometimes there are expressions of some players who blame the devil or strange entities for luck in the game.
7. In California, roulette is played with cards.
California has strange gambling laws, and one of the stipulations is that gambling is legal, but the only device that can be used to generate results is a deck of cards. As a result, casinos offer “California Roulette,” played with cards instead of a spinner and ball.
This adaptation of roulette rules and betting to suit a card game is also common among casinos in Oklahoma, where they also have craps games where a deck of cards determines outcomes.
The odds and payouts for these games are the same. The only difference is the methodology used to generate the results.