Rules and Strategy

The types of bets to avoid in roulette

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The one thing we would always advise when it comes to playing online casino games is to go into a game with a solid strategy and have an idea about what you want to get out of any particular session. In roulette, however, it is very difficult to advise a player on what bets should be placed and when etc. What can be looked at, though, is what type of bets should definitely not be made to avoid any mistakes, mostly bad betting strategies that some players try to employ during the game.

The house advantage is binding

In roulette the house edge is still critical because it is a constant no matter where you play. The house edge for American roulette is generally set at 5.20%, whereas in European roulette it is set at 2.70%. Therefore, whatever strategy or bets you employ during your table time, you will lose money over the long-term if you are not careful and play erratically, potentially even when your winnings are growing quickly.

Risky business: The Martingale system

One of the most common strategies in roulette is the Martingale method of betting. Essentially it works by doubling your bet every time you lose a hand. The thought behind this is that when your bet wins you will have recouped back your initial outlay plus a little bit on top. It is often said that if a player uses the Martingale method they will recover all their losses eventually. However, even if you continually bet on red for example, there is no guarantee that your bet will land because you could see a string of black numbers pop up one after the other. In addition to this, you should check out the statistics of using this method. Most prove that it is probably a bit too unreliable to use consistently.

A way of illustrating how this system can work against you is as follows. In online roulette games you should try not to exceed a limit of up to 500 credits. If you begin your betting by using a single credit, and were to employ the Martingale system, you would only be able to play 9 times if you lost each round. By the tenth bet, you will have exceeded the limit as you would have to spend 512 credits to make this bet and in reality you would have lost a bit more due to the house edge. Now if you were to win any of these bets, your profit would only be 1 credit each time. This goes a long way to show both how unreliable and potentially unprofitable the system is. It is extremely hard with games of chance to build a system capable of generating a large consistent profit.

Is subdivision a more effective system?

More recently there was a roulette strategy proposed by Los Angeles Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Andres Martinez. A veteran of casino games, Martinez proposed what he called ‘The dopey experiment’, a strategy whereby you divide your initial bankroll into 35 subdivisions or parts.

Each of the 35 subdivisions will form a unit bet that will bet on a specific number, note roulette has 35 boxes. At this point you bet on the same number for 35 consecutive bets. The odds of winning with this method are actually a little over 60%. This process is smart in a way because if you win on the tenth round you get all your bankroll and the remaining 25 subdivisions are pure profit. Like all systems employed in games of chance this is not a guaranteed method of winning but unlike the Martingale, if you win early enough your profits will be greater and the odds overall to win are higher.

To bet or not to bet, that is the question

At the end of the day you could use either of these systems and turn a profit or you could lose your entire bankroll. The key difference is that by using Martinez’ method you get to play more roulette, you have a higher chance of winning and if you win early enough the profit will be much greater in comparison. Remember though these systems are by no means foolproof and you will always have to have lady luck on your side whenever employing either of these at the roulette table.

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