The Science of Roulette
September 20, 2007
Roulette is one of the “glamour” games of gambling.
It is the famed game often used in movie scenes in which high class
gamblers will wager on where the ball will land after the wheel
stops spinning. Roulette offers countless different wagers and wagering
strategies as you can bet on, for starters, what number the ball
will land on, (one through thirty-six and zero and double zero).
You can also wager on whether the ball will land on a black or
red square and or the dreaded zero/double zero green square. You
can also wager on odds, evens, low, medium, or high numbers. You
can wager on a group of numbers tied together on the board, and
on and on.
At an online casino, the natural excitement of roulette is taken
to the next level as the pace of play is quicker and there are far
more tables with a wide variety of betting limits and options that
could never hope to be matched at an on-site/in-person casino.
There are as many roulette betting systems as there are players
and, in fact, there are many books available on how to best play
roulette. One thing is for sure, you cannot erase the house edge
of 5.26 percent for American roulette or even the more generous
2.75 percent for European roulette. It’s how a gambler works
within that house edge that ultimately determines whether or not
a gambler succeeds.
One theory that has been tried over and over again since the beginning
of time is known as the “Martingale Theory” in which
a gambler will keep doubling up his bets on even money wagers such
as odds or evens, blacks or reds, or high and lows. Ultimately,
the Martingale theory won’t hold against that house edge.