Basic Roulette Tips
First, Get A Lay of The Land
One might think that all roulette games are created equally. That notion could not be further from the truth. In fact, there are dozens of roulette variants to choose from. What is even more potentially confusing is that within each variation, you may be confronted with wagering minimum and maximum limits. Understanding what your options are at any given land-based or online casino venue.
The differences between French Rules Roulette, American Rules Roulette, and European Rules Roulette are similar, but with a few key differences in the rules sets, such as with the addition or omission of the 00 space on the roulette wheel. These rule differences shift the odds of the game in different directions. The result could be resistance experienced on your way to your next roulette win.
Playing Within Your Betting Limits
One of the biggest rules that a player must set for themselves when playing games of chance in-person or online it to treat gambling as a form of entertainment. Understand that there is a good chance you could lose the money your play with. There is a good chance to win, as well. However, if you are playing with money you are not prepared to lose or money that should be reserved for obligations outside the glamour of the casino floor, reconsider if you should be playing roulette in the first place. First and foremost, play responsibly to ensure you have an enjoyable experience; win or lose.
Understand the Rules
While it may seem like common sense, there are many players who step into a casino for the first time or try a new game for the first time without fully understanding the rules. In roulette, it is no different.
There are many variations of the game available for play in person and online. By knowing what makes each one different and unique, you position yourself to take advantage of those differences. Make sure you read through and understand the rules of any game you play to get the most benefit out of your roulette experience.
Betting on “Outside”
The “outside” is a term used to refer to a grouping of all the most basic bets in Roulette. Such as Red/Black, Odd/Even, and High/Low. These predictions are considered the most likely predictions to result in a winning outcome. However, their pay-out is generally the most modest when compared to other, more specific wagers.
Consider “Surrender” And “En Prison” Roulette Games
What would you say if we told you there is a Roulette rule that cuts the house edge in half? If you are not familiar with “Surrender” And “En Prison” Roulette Games, these two terms outline similar options that give players an edge at the table. In the event a casino offers either American or European Roulette games, chances are that players can enact this special rule.
The rule is, in a general sense, that whenever a bet of red/black, odd/even, or high/low is the player’s proposition, a 0 or 00 result from the spin will only see the house claim 50 percent of the player’s total wager. The remaining 50 percent of the wager is returned to the player’s bank. This type of proposition at the tables pays one-to-one and is also referred to as an “even money” bet.
“Surrender” roulette games that follow American Roulette rulesets will halve the house edge. What typically stands at a 5.26 percent house edge becomes 2.63 percent. In this case, players should seek surrender games and play outside “even-money” bets.
“En prison” functions in much the same way and is typically found on single-0 European Roulette games. Instead of cutting the house edge in half as part of an even-money bet where 50 percent of the wager can potentially be split between house and bettor, the bet is held until the wheel is spun again.
For example, the wheel is spun and a 0 is the result, a player who bet red/black, odd/even, or high/low, etc. will have their bet locked in place on the table for another spin of the roulette wheel. If the player's bet hits, the wager is returned. If not, the house takes the wager. If 0 results again, the process is repeated until the player's bet is claimed by either party. En Prison reduces the house edge in a European Roulette game from 2.70 percent to 1.35 percent.
Focus on Your Own Game
Roulette at land-based casinos can be quite the scene. While you may be fortunate to find games with only a few people on the rail, the Roulette area is often a bustling conglomerate of players. The energy can get high and people can form fast, if not superficial, bonds during their time together at the table. One might be more susceptible to others’ influence. This may be particularly detrimental to one’s betting habits. By playing alongside and choosing to mimic the betting habits, budget, and betting strategy of other payers can get you in hot water, fast. In this case, it is best to ignore the other players surrounding the roulette table and focusing on your own game, with the restrictions you placed on your play prior to beginning.
Every Round is One-of-a-Kind
Roulette is a game of chance. There are odds associated with any particular outcome and those odds are there by design. They are just high enough for players to stand a chance of turning a few dollars into a stack of chips and just high enough for casinos to make a healthy profit over time. With that in mind, every spin of the roulette wheel will be different. Some casinos may display a historical chart that displays so many former spins and their outcome. However, this is simply for show, it does not govern the outcome of the next spin in any way. This is just one more way to instil a false sense of control in players stepping up to the table. Keep this in mind and you will not end up adopting a strategy based on useless if not misleading data.
Look for the Single Zero
Roulette Games with a Single 0 on the wheel have a lower house edge than games that include both a single 0 and double 0 (00). European Roulette follows the rules of the former of these two examples and American the latter.
Without leveraging an “En Prison” rule, the European roulette ruleset puts the house edge at 2.70 percent. An American Roulette ruleset measures the house edge at 5.26 percent. If the “Surrender” rule is leveraged, the house edge shrinks to 2.70 percent.
Consider Creating an “Entertainment” Account
Money comes and goes quickly at the casino, whether it be on the casino floor in Macau or your mobile device. For this reason, spending can get out of hand quickly. As part of a responsible and healthy approach to casino gaming, consider opening a bank account that consists purely of funds you can afford to spend on gaming. This way, you will never go over your prescribed budget.
The Name of The Game Is Fun
It is possible for players to make a big windfall at the roulette tables. Unfortunately, it can leave them feeling down, too. It is important to remind yourself that these games are there for your entertainment and are designed with enjoyment in mind.
It is important not to take them or their outcomes so seriously as they affect your mental state. By keeping this frame of mind and spending what you can afford on entertainment, you will get much more out of your experience.
Another rookie mistake that many players make is kicking themselves over not having bet a number that they had regularly selected in the past. If your lucky number is 7 and you bet that number 10 spins in a row with no luck, and after changing your bet to anything else it comes up, don’; t beat yourself up. Remember, every game is random and there is no fate or divine will attached to the outcome.
Look for “Hot” Wheels
Also often referred to as unbalanced or biased wheels, these are roulette wheels that hit within a predictable range consistently. Are they literally spinning on an uneven keel? Are they really weighted to one number or another? Who knows? However, veteran roulette players tend to agree that they are out there in the more traditional casinos, far from the wheels balanced by ultra-modern machinery.
Take a Break
A lot of gamblers have sayings. Some more well-known ones include “quit while you’re ahead” or “don’t mistake bad play for bad luck”. Both frame the sentiment squarely in that they encourage players to have perspective. It is important to know when you are doing well, and there is no good reason to risk losing your hard-earned gains. On the other hand, it is important to recognize when fatigue or perhaps even misunderstanding can be affecting your performance. Do not be afraid to take a step back from time to time and catch your breath.
Playing with Strategy
While you may not think it so, there are quite a few Roulette strategies employed by players around the world. Some call them hogwash, others call them sound.
Just as understanding the unique rules of a given Roulette variation is important, it is important to know of the many roulette strategies players have developed over the last few hundred years.
Consistency is Key
For most, a big win can leave you riding high. A big loss can leave you feeling gutted. However, win some lose some is the name of the game in roulette.
No matter what the outcome may be on any given spin, it is important to not let the feelings you experience influence your emotional state. The consistent and mindful player is the one that enjoys the game most. Avoid making reckless decisions based on your feelings at the moment. When you play, have a plan, and stick to it.