Examining the House Edge in Roulette
You may already know that the house edge in roulette is either
5.26% for the American roulette wheel or 2.7% for the European roulette
wheel. Those numbers may sound high but have you ever compared them
to a game like blackjack that has a house edge of less than 2%?
You might be surprised to learn that roulette is not such a bad
bet after all.
Let’s say you play roulette for an hour and then play blackjack
for an hour. If you play roulette then you might have 60 spins per
hour but if you are playing at a wheel with a lot of players you
might only get 30 or 40 spins per hour. You are going to get a lot
more hands of blackjack in that hour. In fact, the fewest amount
of hands you would get is 60 while you might easily get up to 200
per hour. Let’s get specific with the difference. Let’s
say you play $200 with just the European wheel which has a 2.7%
house edge. You will lose just over $5 in that hour. If you play
blackjack and get 100 hands in an hour you are going to lose the
same $5 per hour. But what if you get in 200 hands? You are going
to lose twice as much on average playing blackjack as you would
lose playing roulette.
The house edge in blackjack is less than the house edge in roulette
but for players who play any length of time they may be better off
playing roulette because they will lose less money in the long run.
And they may also have the chance to win a big payoff of 35-1, something
that won’t happen in blackjack.
Play online roulette at your favorite online casino today.
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