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Roulette players are antique. By this, I do not mean that they are all older, but that they play a game with a lot of tradition. A long tradition that goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years when shields were spun around and villages and towns lived or died as a result.
Betting methods and sophisticated betting systems of all kinds have been used to try to beat the game and guess what (do you know how to guess)? None of these betting methods and none of these betting systems have paid off. The house advantage was (is) impregnable and cannot be beaten with a betting method or a betting system of any kind.
However, there are better and worse ways to play roulette. There are even ways – at least in the near past – with which players have developed wheel strategies that could actually beat the game. Please note that a cycling strategy is not a betting strategy. They’re two different worlds.
So here are my eight best tips for playing this ancient game:
TIP 1 – LOOK FOR GAMES WITH “SURRENDER” OR “EN PRISON”.
These two terms do the same thing. In casinos that offer “Surrender”, each time the ball falls on the offer red/black, even/odd or high/low, only half of the bet is lost because the 0 or 00 has appeared. The other half is returned to the player. These are called “Even Money” bets because they pay one to one.
In American roulette,“Surrender” halves the house advantage. Instead of a 5.26% advantage, the player now has a 2.63% advantage. Find games with abandonment and play only these “even-money” bets.
“En Prison” is the same thing – the house advantage is halved – but it takes place in a different way. If the green 0 appears (“En Prison” is usually found on European wheels with a single zero), the “Even Money” bets will be suspended until the wheel is turned the next time.
Let’s say you bet on red and hit the 0. The bet on red remains on the table for the next round. If red is hit, you will get your bet back. If Black is hit, you lose your bet. If the 0 is hit again, your bet remains in jail.
“En Prison” reduces the house advantage to 1.35% instead of 2.70% for European roulette.
So if you are lucky and find one of these two options, play with it.
TIP 2 – ALWAYS PLAY WITH ONE WHEEL WITH A SINGLE ZERO IF YOU CAN.
That is not a difficult proposition. You can choose between a single-zero wheel with a house advantage of 2.70 % or a double-zero wheel with a house advantage of 5.26 %. Play on the wheel with a single zero.
The only warning here is: If the wheel with the single zero has a higher minimum bet, e. g. 25 units, than the wheel with the double zero, e. g. 10 units, then you should set the 10 units. Otherwise, stick to your initial answer.
TIP 3 – CREATE A 401G ACCOUNT.
Everyone who plays with money that is needed for other things makes a big mistake. Only “play money” should be used for playing. This is money expressly reserved for playing games.
Set up a bank account and pay only (and only) money that is used for gambling. Deposit something into your entertainment fund on a weekly or monthly basis. I call this account 401G and the “G” stands for gambling.
You may only play with money from this account. This will take away your fear of losing the financial overview.
TIP 4 – PLAY COMFORTABLY.
Roulette is a cosy game. If you’re the only one at a table, don’t make your bets in a hurry.
TIP 5 – DON’ T GET ANGRY ABOUT THE LOSS OF A PREVIOUS NUMBER YOU DIDN’ T BET ON THIS TIME
So you have consistently bet on the 8 ball and have never been right. In fact, the ball hasn’t even fallen on a number close to 8. Maybe there was an invisible sign on it? So you didn’t use it this time and as fate (or the angry gods) sometimes do, the ball falls on the 8th, you’re just unlucky.
Don’t get upset. The game is a random game and no “fate” or “gods of the Olymp” have anything to do with it. The bullet must fall into a pocket and this time it was this one. The bullet didn’t think:”I’ll show the player and land on the 8th.”
TIP 6 – KEEP TO YOUR GAME ACCOUNT.
The player next to you bets thousands of units on numbers. He’s betting more than you make in a year! He’s a nobleman. You didn’t.
Nonsense. You bet what you can afford to bet. Trust me, casinos are not impressed when the nobility puts thousands of units. They think about these people like sharks think about seals. They’re something to eat.
Play based on your 401G account. You may want to use 10% of the money you have in your account to bet for one or two sessions. We are in any case in an age that has left the nobility behind us.
TIP 7 – KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR UNBALANCED WHEELS.
I think that all roulette players know what an unbalanced wheel is. But in any case, this is a practical definition: a certain number and/or numbers are hit more often than their probability. Of course, you have to study the wheel over thousands of turns to find out.
The players who blew up the bank in Monte Carlo actually did this. I doubt that most (or all) of our readers are interested in finding unbalanced wheels among the wheels that are perfectly balanced with supercomputers today but try it.
TIP 8 – SIT OUT SOME DECISIONS
The more you play, the better for the casinos. The less you play, the better for you. I think all casino gamblers know (or should know) that. So every now and then you sit down and make decisions to reduce the impact of the house advantage on your account.
Do not worry if a number you have selected in the past appears. The game is random and no deity is targeting you.
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