Why do people play roulette?
Of all betting games, this one is the most transparent about how the house makes money. the highest payout odds 35-to-1 are based on a 36-number wheel. No roulette wheel has fewer than 37 slots. Roulette has a reputation for having a modest house edge. it's not as small an edge as in baccarat or blackjack, but it's not as big as the edge on most slot machines or keno games. What makes roulette a tough game is that to get the biggest win, you must take the biggest risk. on the same table, you will find people playing it safe with outside bets and others betting on single numbers.
That single number payoff is both attractive and elusive. mathematically, the outside bets are an attractive option. How many times can the ball on red or black consecutively in a single streak? the theoretical limit is infinity. in real life, the record was set in 1943 when, in an American roulette game, the ball landed on red 32 times in a row. It says something about a game that everyone knows 32 reds in a row happened in 1943. Modern roulette tables are manufactured differently than in the 1930s and 40s. it's unlikely such a streak will happen again.
but what if you could predict that red comes up the next five times in a row? Just by invoking the power of two, a player can take $100 and double it, double it again, keep going, and turn that initial bet into $3200. you have a better chance of winning on a single number bet, and yet some betting systems teach players to "let it ride." Here are five simpel systems doomed to fail by basic design.
Place Two Outside Bets at the Same Time
Outside bets pay 1-to-1 for black/red or even/odd bets or 2-to-1 for 12 number bets. a simple strategy is to make two bets of equal amounts. place one bets on an even money zone and the other bet on a 2-to-1 zone. Some people say if you bet black, you should then bet column three, which has eight red numbers. just to be clear, column three spans the length of the table. it's not the 3rd 12 bet next to Odd and 19 to 36.
the mirror strategy bets on red and column two, which contains eight black numbers. the idea is to cover 26 out of 36 black and red numbers. if you win the even money bet, replace your lost bet on the column. Let it ride. If you win the second or third column bet, replace your lost column bet and take some profit off the table. You will lose of the time. the longer you use this strategy, the more likely you will burn through your bankroll. but you may get lucky.