Roulette part 4: systems and strategy...


After taking a look at online roulette’s odds and betting structure it becomes clear that the math which underpins the game is not very difficult at all. While this makes playing and betting on online roulette rather simple, it is precisely this simplicity that can lead some people to adopt (or try to invent) an online roulette betting system. These systems are unfortunate. Roulettes straightforward odds and betting structure does not make it easier to manipulate. Indeed, the odds and betting structure are so straightforward because there is no real way to manipulate them. Roulette is a game of chance, pure and simple, in some respects terribly different from a slot.


Before buying into a roulette betting system take a look at what it really does. Chances are it suggests the least risky, i.e. least harmful, way to allocate your bets. This may all be fine and good, but the problem is that no matter how you allocate your bets the house edge is going to be at least a solid 5.26% -end of story. Systems have a way of seducing us with words; a way of making us think payoff is inevitable so long as the system is followed like a religious book. Sure. The system might pay off, but the more likely result will be a loss, and possibly a big one –especially if it is one of those ‘double up until you win’ methods.


There are other roulette systems generally referred to as ‘progressive single number.’ Assuming a win once every 200 turns of the wheel this method can provide a modest return, but 200 spins means you drop a ton of cash along the way, and in reality there is no guarantee you’ll see any of it back. Your best bet is to treat all online roulette systems and ‘strategies’ with a high degree of skepticism. This goes double for online roulette.


Consider a moment the differences between real world roulette and online roulette. In the real world that marble bounces around quite a bit before landing on a number, and it is therefore impossible, nearly, for the dealer to dictate which number it will be. This is only to point out that physics plays a role in offline roulette. In online roulette physics is replaced with random number generation, which in turn depends upon the quality of the random number generation software.


Some gamers have an innate distrust of random number generators. Just how random are they? How can we measure and know? Some entrepreneurs are attempting to exploit this distrust by selling software applications that claim to analyze and assess the results of an online casino’s roulette. It is probably best not to put any money into such software applications. Any online casino worth its bandwidth and gaming license will not implement a random number generation system open to such bald exploitation. Not to mention, if for some reason a certain number, according to the software, comes up 5% more frequent than all the others it still does not tell you whether this is coincidental or not.


About the only way to improve your odds in online roulette, i.e. to reduce the house edge, is to see if the online casino in question offers a ‘surrender’ rule. Surrender is allowed only on outside bets that pay 1 to 1. What the surrender rule does is reduce the losses of an outside by half, but only if the bet lost via 0 or 00. This cuts the house edge in half to around 2.63%. Occasionally an online casino may feature a European style wheel. These roulette wheels lack a 00, which drops the house edge to 2.7% on outside bets. Other than these two tips, however, roulette is strictly and only a game of chance. The best roulette strategy is then to ignore the quest for strategy, and keep your betting under control.



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