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Tips for the Roulette Table

Roulette is one of the most popular table games at casinos all over the world. It is easy to play and can be played on luck alone, but if you are looking to develop your own strategy, then it is essential that you first master the basics, and has put together the most fundamental tips that you should be aware of to help you get started.

What is the Payout?

The casino knows what gets paid out for each bet, and the croupier working your table also knows but do you? It makes sense to keep an eye on the payout numbers to make sure they are playing fair and quickly keep track of your wins and losses. Here are the basic bets to get you started.
  • Straight Up (betting on one number) pays out 35-1
  • Split (betting on two adjacent numbers) pays out 17-1 (only one needs to be right)
  • Corners (betting the corner of 4 numbers) pays out 8-1 (only one needs to be right)
  • Columns, Dozens (betting on groups of 12 numbers) pays out 2-1
  • Odds, Evens, Red, Black (not 0 or 00) pays out 1-1
The Odds are Different
Some people fall into the trap of thinking that the payout is also the odds offered, but that is not entirely true. For example, as we just learned the payout on a straight up bet is 35-1, the odds of actually getting the single number are 37-1 on an American roulette wheel because of the two green 0 and 00 options giving 38 possible sections. With a European wheel with only one Zero the odds are 36-1. It pays to learn all of the odds as inside bets are much less likely than outside bets, but conversely pay out more money.

Stay Focused

The table can get loud and busy if a lot of people are playing, which for some people is why they love online casinos, but either way, you should stay focused on the game. It pays to watch the numbers that come before and see what numbers are classed as hot or cold. You also need to place your bets at the correct time; the croupier will call for bets to be placed and then close the bets when ready to start the game. The best players are those that keep their attention firmly on the game at all times.

Systems Aren’t Everything
From time to time, you will come across someone claiming they have cracked the system and know exactly how to win. The most well-known systems are called the D’Alembert and the Martingale, and while both have some merit, the Martingale requires a large bankroll and things can quickly get out of hand if you start gambling more money than you can really afford. The D’Alembert does not require such cast jumps in money, but that doesn’t always make it successful. The bottom line is the wheel is randomised, and this is a game of chance, so technically there is no way to ‘beat’ a roulette wheel. It should always be about having fun rather than getting hung up on strategies and losing more than you can afford in the long run.
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