Roulette Tips – How to Win at Roulette
How to Win at Roulette. Can you Beat the Roulette Table?
It’s what everyone wants to know, of course. How do you beat the roulette table? Can you beat the roulette table? All these questions! It’s making my wombat head hurt!
On any given day, there will be winners at the table and there’ll be losers. That’s a given. So yes, you can win at the roulette table. The real question is, how to you maximise your chances of being in the first group?
Well, despite what many people might tell you, there is no way of increasing or decreasing the odds that you will get at the table. That is set by the design of the game and is fixed- all casinos offer the same odds on the same games. But what you can do, is to maximise your chances by making the right choice of the games you play and the bets you make. It’s just called betting smart!
Why am I telling you this, I hear you ask? Well, this is freely available information. You can find it on the Internet. We’d rather you were able to find it easily.
So, with that in mind, we have pulled together our top tips for playing roulette. Flatten down your fore-leg fur, and let’s get started!
10 Roulette Tips
- Play European Roulette
Here’s the big one. Have you noticed that not all roulette tables look alike? And by that we don’t mean the colour of the wheel or the croupier’s hair cut. There are two main types of game: European Roulette and American Roulette. Now they are very similar, with the pay-outs the same for corresponding bets (a bet on the red pays 1:1 on both for example), but the main difference is that American Roulette has an extra zero pocket. As well as a “0” pocket, it has a “00” pocket. And that means if you bet on red, there is twice as much chance of the ball landing in the zero. So always play European, the odds are better.
- Play More Outside Bets than Inside Bets
If you cover a bigger percentage of the table with an Outside Bet like Odd, you are going to win more frequently than if you only cover a few numbers- simply because the probability of the ball landing on your bet is higher. Now, the flip side is that the pay-out is higher for bets like a Straight-Up bet (on one number). This is what’s known as a high variance bet- you won’t see it coming in that often, but when it does it pays nicely. If you are going to play high variance bets like single numbers or Split Bets (low table coverage), make sure you have enough bankroll to stay on the table for a decent amount of time. Otherwise, at least weight your bets to the Outside Bets.
- Stop After a Big Win.
Following on from point 2 (and I know it sounds obvious, but not everyone is disciplined) – take the profit if you win big. It’s just the law of life- if you happen to get really lucky, the chances are that it will be a while before you see that kind of a result again. So you are better off quitting and banking the cash!
Many experienced players do this. They aim to win big early, and quit- the so called “Hit and Run” strategy. Kerry Packer was a great one for this- but that was on baccarat.
- Play French Roulette with La Partage
Were you paying attention when we were talking through Tip One which was all about game choice? Well, there’s another neat little nugget of information that you should read and store away. You can increase your odds even further if you play French Roulette. Now, the wheel looks exactly the same as a standard European game, but the table layout is slightly different and all of the Outside Bets are in French. But it’s very easy to pick up. The big difference is that French Roulette is called “le Roulette”. Oh, and also there is the Dozens bet which sits to the side of the numbers rather than underneath them. The 1st dozen is called P12 (Premier 12), the middle is M12 (Midi 12) and the last is D12 (Dernier 12). The great thing about French Roulette is that it pays you half your stake back on an evens bet (like red/black or odd/even) if the ball lands in zero. So, not only is there half the chance of the ball ending up in the zero compared to an American game, if it does end up there you get a bit of insurance back. And that increase your overall odds on the game.
- Play Roulette Systems Carefully
If I had a penny for every time someone tried to flog me a roulette system that was guaranteed to win, I’d be a very rich wombat. The bottom line, is that no roulette system is going to alter the odds you get at the table. It’s just not going to happen.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play systems, but maintain a heavy dose of cynicism. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, so its worth spending a bit of time studying them before you wade in.
- Make Use of the Free Demos
One of the things we have tried to do at Wombat Casino, is to make sure that all of our games have free demos that are easy to find and play. I know it’s much more interesting playing for real money, but spend a bit of time on the demo before you bet for real, and then you’ll minimise your chances of making a mistake and betting on something that you didn’t want to bet on. In particular, when playing roulette, make sure you understand if any chips are left on the table after a win. Some games assume you want to “let it ride” after a win. You may need to clear the table- you don’t want to be leaving chips on the table by mistake.
- Set a Stop Loss and a Profit Target and Stick to Them!
Here’s one of the most important roulette tips and why I think that playing roulette systems is no bad thing as it forces you to do this. Before you start, be clear in your head when you are going to leave the table. Have in your mind a stop loss limit and a profit target. If you hit either of them, quit the table!
- Take a Break
Playing roulette should be fun, but the problem with that is that you can lose track of time. Make sure you note down the time you start and set a maximum time at the table. Take regular breaks to make sure that you are thinking clearly. You can always come back to the table later.
- Don’t Play the Five Number Bet
Well, we have already told you to play European Roulette rather than American (see Tip 1). But maybe you want to play it anyway? Perhaps you like betting on two zeros? If you do play American Roulette, don’t bet on the Five Number bet. I don’t mean the number 5, I mean the bet at the top of the table that covers 0,00,1,2,3. And why’s that? Well, it has the worst odds in roulette- hands down. It’s even called the Basket Bet by many players. Avoid it.
- Manage Your Bankroll
Last but not least, try and manage your bankroll. We’ve touched on this above when we talked about setting Stop Loss and Take Profit targets. But there are also other things that you can do like bleeding off profit as you go and keeping the funds away from your play money. Lets say you started with £100 or €100 or $100, and you find that your bankroll has swelled to 250. Why not bank 100 and continue playing with your winnings. Now you are playing with the casino’s money- feels good, doesn’t it!
So there we have our top 10 tips for playing roulette. We can’t say that these tips will guarantee that you win, but if you follow them, you should increase your odds. Remember to enjoy yourself! Only bet with money that you can afford to lose and try and quit the table when you are ahead.