Roulette remains a game that has strong appeal for casino patrons who love a fast-paced table game without having to deal with the intricacies of strategy, card-counting and trying to beat the dealer via probability and statistics. If you’re planning on heading for the roulette table anytime in the near future, keep the following tips in mind.
1. Strategy means nothing in roulette
Roulette is first and foremost a game of chance. Anyone who speaks of a strategic approach to the game is either lying through teeth or just plain ignorant. The only systems that exist are the French bets like Thirds of the Wheel, Orphans, and Neighbors of Zero, and the martingale/grand martingale systems. The former are pre-determined patterns of laying out your chips on the board. The latter refers to the quantity of the chips you bet at a given moment in the game, depending on how many consecutive losing or winning streaks you’re currently on.
2. Blanket betting will leave you high and dry
Imagine placing a $1 chip on every inside bet on the roulette table. On a European table, that’s 37 squares (including zero); on an American table that’s 38 (this table has both a single and double zero, so it’s one extra square). If you glance at all your chips, you’ll soon realise that just outlaid $37-$38, but the very best payout on a straight-up is $35. You’ll end up spending more money trying to cover the board than you will in actual casino payouts.
3. Outside Bets are less risky, but their payout is insipid
Outside bets encompass a large range of the roulette table. You could choose to bet on black, red, odd, even, dozens and columns. These are all much “safer” bets than the inside of the board, but their payouts tend to be limited to even money (that’s a 2:1 payout). Of course, an unusually large bet can still net you a very handsome profit, like it did for Ashley Revell who staked nearly $136,000 on red in Las Vegas. Revell won the round and walked away with double his money. Imagine if Revell had bet that entire sum straight up: that would be over $4.7 million! The higher the risk, the greater the reward.
4. Don’t bet more than you’re prepared to lose
Of all the guidelines and rules at the casino, this stands as the single most important one. Set yourself reasonable limits and stick to them. Make this decision before you set a single chip down! If you’ve limited yourself to $500 for the evening, then no matter what happens during game play respect those limits. Chasing money, as it’s called, can potentially to lead to enormous losses if unchecked. Rather know your boundaries beforehand. If you’re following a martingale or grand martingale system, then know when to stop doubling up. If you don’t, you could increase your losses exponentially. Of course, a win could just around the corner, but that’s an abstract concept at best and a devastating, life-altering loss at worst.
The betting area
The betting area allows players to make a myriad of wagers and presents players with the opportunity to engage in strategic gaming. The roulette layout has two general betting areas: the inside betting area and the outside betting area. Let us take a look at these areas individually:
Inside bets are bets that involve the numbers 0 to 36. Indies bets include all straight up bets (clean number bets) and a number of combinative bets, referred to by their jargoned names:
* Straight Up bets
Straight up bets are wagers posted on one specific number. Hover over any number between 0 and 36 and you will see that the payout, should you win, is set at x36 (35-to-1). The reason why players should be playing Premier Roulette, as with French and European roulettes, is that there is no double-zero and the chances of winning will therefore be greater.
* Split Bets
The split bet is a wager placed straddling two numbers. The way one can place such bets is by placing their chip(s) on the line dividing any two numbers on the roulette layout. This bet pays 17-to-1 and is very popular with most roulette players.
* Street Bets & Double Street Bets
Street bets are three number bets. Since the roulette table’s number layout grid is made up of 3 columns and 12 rows (3 x 12 = 36 numbers, excluding the 0), placing street bets is done by wagering on the bottommost line bordering the outside bets of 1st 12, 2nd 12 and 3rd 12. Hover over the line separating the inside bets from the outside bets and you will see the above 3 numbers simultaneously light-up; all you have to do then is place your bet by clicking on the line. Street Bets, except those involving the 0, are sequential bets, which means that they will embrace natural sequence numbers such as 1-2-3, 4-5-6, 7-8-9, and so on. Street Bets pay 11-to-1.
Double street bets are made very similarly to street bets; however, this time you will be looking to highlight and engage two neighboring rows totaling in 6 numbers instead of just one. These bets pay 5-to-1.
* Quad Bets
Quad bets, meaning ‘bets of 4′, are possible when you place a wager that makes contact with the corners of 4 numbers. An example of such bets is a 19, 20, 22 and 23 quad wager. Again, hover over the center of four neighboring numbers until they are highlighted and proceed by placing your bet. The payout for quad bets is 8-to-1.
* Basket Bets
Basket bets are triple or quarter number bets involving the zero. These bets pay 11-to-1 when on 3 numbers and 8-to-1 when on 4. Examples of triple basket bets include 0-1-2, 0-2-3, whilst the only possible quarter bet involves all 4 numbers, namely 0-1-2-3-4.