The classic roulette has been around since the seventeenth century, and remains relatively unchanged until today. Roulette is one of the most emblematic symbols of the casino industry , and there are millions of players participating in it around the world because it is a very simple game and full of emotion. However, we bet there are some things you didn’t know about this red and black number game. For example, the name of the roulette wheel is French and means ‘small wheel’. You may know that Americans and Europeans have different versions of the game, but did you know that it is a little easier to win at European roulette?
We have selected five interesting aspects of the wheel-based game so that you can learn a little more about it, so that you can impress your friends and family with your knowledge of one of the most used games around the world.
REPEATED NUMBERS ARE UNLIKELY, BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE
Some players believe that if roulette favors a color or number for a while, the streak will surely continue. Actually, each spin of the wheel is as random as the last, and the number that appeared previously has no impact on the next. That said, the odds of a streak repeating with the same number are unbelievably high, although you’re unlikely to see a streak of twenty black numbers or get a 23 ten times in a row.
IN AMERICAN ROULETTE IT IS A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT TO WIN
You’ve probably seen that American roulette wheels have a 00 and a 0 along with the normal red and black numbers, while European roulette wheels only have the single zero. But do you know why there is this difference?
If the roulette had numbers from 1 to 36, there would be a possibility to select red / black bets to win. In time, players would break even against the house and there would be no winnings in the game. Operators need to make money from their game, so zero was added. This zero means that there is a small chance (1 in 37) that a number is neither red nor black, and this small margin is the profit of the house.
American casino operators have turned to a very simple way to make their game more profitable: They added another variable to the wheel. Double zero works the same as zero, and doubles the house profit to 5.26%. This means that if you can choose to play between one roulette or another, always choose the European one because you will have more possibilities to win money.
ROULETTE NUMBERS ADD UP TO 666
Roulettes are numbered from 1 to 36, giving a total of 666. Whether you use an American roulette (includes 00 and 0) or a European roulette (only 0), you still get the ‘Number of the beast’.
Is the sum a coincidence or is it done on purpose? The game has been nicknamed ‘the Devil’s Wheel’ for that, and roulette is often seen as a hobby for sinners. The number 666 has been linked to demonic and satanic activities for centuries, so the coincidence has led many to conclude that the games are the work of the devil himself.
IN CALIFORNIA THEY PLAY ROULETTE WITH CARDS
Surprised? Well this is totally true. In some countries of the world, not all jurisdictions allow you to play roulette. This is the case in California, where a law prohibits all games of chance except those involving cards. However, if you enter a casino in California, you will most likely see tables that offer ‘roulette’. This is because casino operators found a clever way to circumvent the law.
California roulette is basically the same as roulette, but replace the wheel with a deck of special cards. There are 38 – the numbers of the wheels plus 0 and 00 – and each is colored according to a standard roulette wheel. Using a card machine, the numbers can be randomly ‘dealt out’ and players can bet on the numbers and colors as they would in a normal roulette game.
The Roulette California has some peculiarities, such as borrowing rules in prison and the partage of the French version of the game. Players also have split and return options on bets made in some situations.
THE ‘INFALLIBLE’ MARTINGALE STRATEGY
You may have heard that there is a foolproof system that guarantees that roulette wins, and somehow it is, but you will not win with it.
The Martingale system is a mathematical betting strategy that is based on doubling your bet to a result of 50-50 each time you lose, and reducing it to a minimum amount each time you win.
In theory, when you apply it to the red and black roulette options, odd or even, you can eventually recoup losses and keep your stack on the rise.
Sounds great, so there must be a catch, right? This system requires you to double your bet after each loss, and if you get multiple losses in a row, you will need a fairly large amount of money to cover it. Unfortunately, the actual game does not have the option to double infinitely. Very soon, you will either reach the end of your funds, or hit the table bet limit, before you can get the next win. When this happens, you have lost everything.
In truth, there is no way to completely reduce the house edge and guarantee your victory. However, you never know when your luck will enter and you will get that great profit. That is what makes roulette such an exciting game, and why it remains so popular after almost 300 years.