Roulette Strategy: 5 Expert Tips For Bigger Wins

by Lucy on 13-Jul-21

Ever wondered which are the best strategies for roulette? With these 5 top tips on how to play roulette, you’ll be spinning like a pro in no time…

Best Roulette Strategies

1. Decide on a budget before you take a seat at any table, and stick to it. This way you’ll never exceed your bank balance. Don’t forget it’s all about gambling responsibly, Wombat fans!

2. Get some practice in. It always pays to get a feel for a game of roulette by starting with some demo play. This prevents you from making any rookie errors making it the safest roulette strategy…

3. Start small. The temptation to play on high roller tables is hard to resist. But, did you know your chances of winning are better on tables with lower limits?

4. Wager on the outside bets. Playing on black or red, or odds or even pays 1 to 1 and covers 18 out of 37 possible outcomes. Yes, the wins might be smaller, but this is a game plan that will bring in the cash. It’s a bit like choosing to play on low volatility slots.

5. Pick your numbers at random. Don’t choose ‘lucky’ numbers or birthdays, as you’ll have much better odds if you mix up your wagers on each spin.

Roulette FAQs

What number hits the most in roulette?

Ha! Well, if we knew that, we’d be billionaires! But the answer is none of them…

Chance plays a much bigger part in roulette than in any other casino game. Once the wheel starts spinning, no one can predict the outcome as all numbers have the same odds of winning.

However, there is something called ‘hot or cold numbers’ which can make it seem like some digits land on the wheel more often than others.

Hot numbers are digits that frequently come up during a session, whereas cold numbers are those that haven’t landed for a while.

This can guide some players – but in reality there is no difference at all.

No matter how many times you spin the wheel, the chances of the ball hitting one particular number, colour or even section will remain the same every time.

What does 00 mean in roulette?

There are 2 kinds of roulette table; European and American – and if you get the chance, choose the European!

Why? Well it has a lower house edge because there is only ‘0’ on the wheel.

In the American version you will see the ‘0’ and the ‘00’, and this extra digit increases the odds against you winning, from 36/1 to 37/1.

It might not sound much but it ups the house edge from 2.7% on a European wheel to 5.26% on the American.

What are the odds of winning roulette?

Now here’s the bad news… Unfortunately, while roulette is a rip-roaring ride, it also comes with some of the worst odds in any betting game.

As discussed; European roulette has better odds for the player, while all outside bets have a higher chance of winning, but with much smaller payouts.

Inside bets are the opposite – with less probability of winning, and much bigger pay-outs.

Here is a list of the odds:

Bet                             Payout                     Odds

Single Number    36 to 1                     2.70%
Column                  2 to 1                       32.40%
Thirds                    2 to 1                       32.40%
Even/Odd              1 to 1                       48.60%
Red/Black             1 to 1                       48.60%
Low/High             1 to 1                       48.60%

What is the best roulette strategy?

People often ask this Wombat – is there a strategy to roulette? Well the sad truth is no – it’s all based on luck.

That said, some seasoned roulette players swear The Martingale strategy. This is rather risky, and will increase your chances of winning but only in the short term. So what’s it all about?

Basically, you place large bets across the whole table in an attempt to win consistent small bets. Start off with wagering a small amount, and keep betting the same until you lose – then you double it on the next spin. This way, you should get back the money you lost on the previous round, and win a bit more extra.

If you keep on losing, keep on doubling your bet. But, when you do scoop a win, you must start the process again and bet the smallest amount for the next wheel spin.

You’ll win on many spins but the amounts you lose will be much bigger in the long term.

James Bond Roulette Strategy

You might also have heard about the James Bond Strategy. Created by Ian Fleming (who loved roulette) it is named after his infamous character 007 and is a flat betting system. This that you’ll wager the same amount on every round.

This strategy dictates that you bet 20 units per spin (so 20, 200, or 2000), and you must spilt your bets like this: 14 on 19-36 segment, 5 on a six line such as 13-18 and 1 on the green zero. This leaves only numbers 1 to 12 not covered – so only when the ball lands on these will you come out empty-handed. The rest of the time you should be quids in.

But, as good as it looks, using the James Bond Roulette strategy won’t bring make you a millionaire, and the house always wins in the end…

What is the best bet in roulette?

As we’ve already mentioned, which bet will win depends on pure chance. That said, low-risk bets are better because of the higher probability for a winning outcome. So, we would opt for red/black, thirds or columns and even or odds.