Using Science for Better Odds at Roulette
Roulette is a simple table game that you can easily find in your local casino or when playing online. Since you don’t have control over where the ball will land on a wheel, you can only rely on luck in this game. So, does that mean that only pure chance decides who gets to walk out of the casino with a big bag of money? Well, not necessarily. Knowing a little bit of science can help you increase your chances of success in roulette, although it’s not an easy task.
Before heading over to play roulette, you should know how odds work in this game. As a matter of fact, every roulette game – whether it’s the French, European, or American version – heavily favors the house. No matter what bet you place, you will always have a bigger chance of losing than winning. Even when you bet on red or black, or odd or even, your chances of winning are just below 50%.
The biggest and the riskiest bet is playing on a single number. Depending if the wheel has 37 or 38 fields, your chance of winning will be between 2.63% and 2.7%.
Math & Physics
Two science fields connected to the game of roulette are math and physics. While math can only give you an insight on your odds, it can’t really help you figure out how to win at this game. You should know that on every spin, the odds of your success stay exactly the same. So even if a ball landed on red five, ten, or a hundred times in a row, it doesn’t increase the chance of it landing on black any more than 50/50 during the next spin. Don’t let your intuition take over, as you could make the wrong assumptions. This is crucial, as some players feel like they have a “lucky number”, or that the roulette wheel has some form of universal power that favors certain numbers just because they’re sitting at the table.
On the other hand, physics work differently when it comes to the game of roulette. You can always choose to place a bet after the croupier spins the wheel and the ball, up until the point when he or she says “no more bets”. This way, you can calculate where the ball will approximately land, learn the croupier’s throwing techniques, and pick up on the speed of the spinning wheel. While this is extremely difficult to do, it can be learned over time.
While it would still be almost impossible to guess the right number on every spin, increasing your chances by only 1% will give you the edge over the house, thus giving you an opportunity to win big.