Online Roulette Strategy

The roulette wheel spins randomly and the outcome is pure chance, but there are several Roulette systems developed and used by players that are based on using the group bets or the last spins to increase the winning odds.

While most people giveaway to the thrill of chance, strategy requires discipline, alertness, and work. No strategy is foolproof, but like in all other casino games, strategic play and self-control do make a big difference when it comes to the frequency of wins and size of payoffs.

Of course, it is recommended to try each strategy on the free practice play before taking on real money games to see which strategy you’re most comfortable with. Since many roulette systems are based on repetitive behavior you may find them boring and a far cry from the real thrill of the wheel, so give them a try a see what works best for your temperament and expectations.

The Red Bet

One of the most commonly known systems used to win at roulette is to play a color (most players tend to play red, which is why it’s called the red bet). Half the colors from 1 to 36 are red, and a winning color bet pays 1 to 1.

Here the player start playing by betting $1 on red (you can use a larger chip, but stick to the ratio). In the next spin the player bets $2 on red and $1 on black, and then $4 on red and $1 on black. The idea is to keep doubling the bet on red while keeping the $1 hedge on black. In case zero or double zero wins, make the next bet on black $2 to cover for it. Since zero and double-zero are neither red nor black this system is more appropriate for the European Roulette, where you have only one zero.

The Column System

Similar to the Red bet strategy, here you place 3 bets on the three columns that say 2:1 on the bottom of the table. The player places a small bet on the first column, a double bet on the second column, and a quadrupled bet on the third. The small bet is doubled with every spin and the other bets grow accordingly.

The One Hit Wonder

Many players stick to one number for a long session of play since a straight bet pays 35 to 1. They usually also stick to the same betting unit. Many players hedge the straight bet with a 1:1 bet such as color, even/odd, or high/low.

The Memory Game

Another system is to cover all the numbers on the table except for the numbers that came up in the last 3 spins. This system is based on the assumption that in usual numbers rarely repeat themselves in this frequency.

Money Wise

This is more of an attitude than an actual system, but also involves self-control. Here, the idea is to decide ahead how much money you’re investing in you’re play session and at which point you’re happy with the profit you made and ready to walk out from the table. In many cases this decision separates a fantastic win from coming even.

Although it’s not hard to find a roulette strategy most players find that their monotonous pace and self-discipline take the fun out of the game. However, you can enjoy both worlds – play spontaneously and still get higher payoffs with some useful tips!

Player-Friendly Roulette

Since the European Roulette has one less number than the American one (only one zero) the house’s edge is decreased (only 2.7% advantage in the European wheel against 5.26% advantage in the American one). Because it pays the same on a straight bet while the odds of hitting your number are slightly higher, the European Roulette is more player-favorable!

In the next section you can also see how the single-zero European wheel pays better than the American wheel when it comes to considering real odds, since both wheels give the same payouts while the European one has better odds because it has one less number to ‘beat’ to get your number. For example, since zero and double zero are green, neither even or odd, and don’t count in the high/low bet, eliminating the double zero improves your odds and slightly decreases the risk factor on all these bets, especially if you are using a betting system where you cover both options in different bets.

Good and Bad Bets

A good bet is bet that has a payoff that reflect the real odds, meaning the real probability of it turning up. Similarly, in a bad bet there is a relatively big spread between the payout and the odds. The payout of the 1:1 bets – Red/Black, Low/High, and Even/Odd – is very close to the probability of it occurring (1.01:1 on a European Roulette and 1.05:1 on American roulette), which makes them the best bets on the table.

The column bets and the dozen bets also make a good bet on the single-zero European Wheel since their payout of 2:1 is very close to their probability of 2.08:1. From this perspective, the worst bets on the roulette table are the straight up bets and the American Roulette’s Five Bet (a street bet covering 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3). The straight bet pays 35:1 while the odds are 36:1 on a European Roulette and 37:1 on the American roulette, and the Five Bet pays 6:1 while its odds are 6.6:1.

Plan Your Bankroll

A good tip for any game, but suitable for roulette in particular. If your playing a strategy that requires many spins, prepare a large enough bankroll according to your betting unit so you won’t fall short before you have a chance to even out. Similarly, if you’re planning to play for a couple of hours (about 120 spins) prepare ahead the amount you need according to the chips you’re using. Another important decision to make is when to collect the wins and leave the table. The roulette wheel is fickle, and no lucky streak runs forever, so the best way to stay ahead of the game is simply to quit while you’re there.