Nothing, other than the flashing lights and dinging of the slot machines, is more entrancing to a casino newbie than the spinning, spinning, and spinning of the roulette wheel. Roulette is one of the top table games in the world, and everyone who is anyone has tried their hand at a spin of the wheel.
If you are new to casino gaming, or even if you just really want to win, you can get better odds at roulette if you follow these five simple tips.
1. Play European Roulette
There are two different types of roulette: American and European. The only real difference between the two is that the American roulette wheel uses a 00 slot and the European doesn’t. Why does this matter? Well, when you add that extra slot on the wheel, in order to create balance, all of the other slots have to be narrowed in order to fit. That teeny tiny difference in width can spell disaster once the ball starts moving. The European wheel isn’t as cramped which increases your edge…if only slightly.
2. Never Play with Shoe Money
It doesn’t matter what table game you’re playing, never walk into a casino and play with the rent money. If the only money you can use is money you need to be clothed, fed, and housed, don’t use it. If you lose that money, your problems will only be compounded, and the stress will make the taste of roulette a sour one.
3. Know When to Walk Away
As exciting and entrancing as the spinning wheel and the chance at winning can be, when you’re winning, or when you’ve just began to lose, walk away. It’s better to walk away with the same amount of money you came with than with an IOU with the casino’s name on it. Even if you’re winning, because of the odds and the house’s edge, you WILL start to lose.
4. Don’t Kid Yourself
Despite what online YouTube videos tell you, there are no special strategies you can employ that will help you win at roulette. Unless you have the power of telekinesis, that ball will land where it wants to land and there’s nothing you can do to change that.
5. Know How to Lose Skillfully
If you want to win money at roulette your best bet is to bet on bets you’re more likely to win. While you probably won’t walk away with enough money to retire, you will at least have won enough money to walk away and still have money to buy all of your new friends drinks.