Who doesn’t enjoy a few rounds of the simple, sophisticated game of Roulette? The Little Wheel has been spun for centuries, and has a background in mathematics – Blaise Pascale created the modern wheel in his quest to develop a perpetual motion machine.
The tantalising game of chance is, of course, different when played online and played offline. Offline, and with Live Dealer games online, a real-life Roulette wheel and ball are used. In other online situations, Random Number Generation and high-quality animations are used to create the Roulette experience.
The difference in real-life and simulated games mean that there are different pro Roulette tips to be applied in either case. Physical games often focus on studying where the ball is likely to fall, based on simple principles of physics. Since this is impossible in a simulated game, and may be harder to discern on a screen even in a Live Dealer game, online Roulette strategy is more focused on mathematical principles and probabilities.
Tips for Physical Roulette Games
- Play at full tables
- Watch the Roulette Dealer’s style and technique
- Watch the overall results of different wheels
- Note when wheels or Dealers are rotated
Mathematical Roulette Strategies
Roulette is really a game of chance, especially when it is digital rather than physical. You have no way of knowing where the ball will end up, and the best thing you can do, according to a lot of professional players, is build this unpredictability into your game plan. These mathematical strategies can, of course, be applied to physical Roulette games too.
The most common numbers-based strategies in Roulette are the Martingale and the Fibonacci methods. The key with both of these is to play long enough to see them come to fruition. If you can keep going, you will eventually come out on top. It follows logically, then, to remind you to manage your bankroll prudently, with several smaller bets, and to cash out while you’re ahead.
The Martingale Method
In the Martingale strategy for Roulette, you double your money whenever you take a loss and halve it whenever you win. If you start out with 5 coins and then lose, for example, double your next bet to 10. If you lose again, make it 20. At this point you have 35 coins on the table and if you win your next bet, even if it is just an even-money wager, you will get 40 back. You’ll recoup your losses and turn a small profit.
The Fibonacci Method
In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers sequence starts with 0. Every third number is the sum of the preceding 2, so the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and so on. Start out with an even-money bet, and then increase your wager according to the sequence every time you lose. When you win, take your bet down by 2 numbers in the sequence. If you lose a bet of 5 coins, put 8 on the next round and if you win, go back to 1 coin. With smaller differences between wagers this system is considered less aggressive than the Martingale method, and many players feel it is easier to recoup losses with the Fibonacci strategy.
Keep a Cool Head
The usual gambling advice applies to all games of Roulette too, of course – set playing limits and stick to them, don’t play with money that you can’t afford to lose, and accept that a lot of the time losing is exactly what you’ll be doing. Play the long game, enjoy yourself and treat any payouts as lucky windfalls. Staying calm and spinning without emotions is your best bet in Roulette.