Ask anybody who really knows the odds when it comes to gambling and they’ll tell you that roulette isn’t where you’ll find frequent or big payouts. In fact, your odds are 37 to 1 and the best payout you can get is 35 to 1. If you’re going to approach roulette with the intention of winning it helps to have some kind of basic strategy or approach in mind.
For starters, it might be wiser to begin by betting on a solid color as opposed to specific numbers. An example of this would be to simply bet that the ball will land on red and instead of switching up to black immediately, stay on red for several spins. The reason for this is rudimentary – it brings everything back down to a 50/50 probability, and even if black does come up, a red shouldn’t be that far behind, etc…
Of course playing in this manner probably won’t net you any major long term gains, it might only serve to keep you even, so you might want to explore other strategies. Next, take note of the frequency of either odd or even numbers. If you notice that you’re seeing even numbers popping up almost every single spin then you might want to put a few small bets on even in addition to the aforementioned red or black play. Sure, this is just another 50/50 shot at a win, but it can help, particularly if the wheel is doling out one or the other fairly consistently (evens or odds).
Next, try betting on either 1-18 or 19-36; yes, once again, it’s a split gamble. The idea is to wait until you haven’t seen the ball land in one area for quite some time and then put a decent bet into it. In other words, you’re betting that the tides will shift at any given moment and fall in the other direction. As before, this is a very effective strategy if used together with another 50/50 method.
The rows also offer up a relatively good chance of winning (1 in 3). If leveraged the right way, this type of bet can effectively multiply your winnings. Most players tend to pick a row, place a small bet on it and leave it there. If they keep winning the tendency is to simply let the same bet ride on multiple spins; if they lose however, some might elect to keep the same row and increase their bet (in order to perhaps try and make up for losses). You can also try the same system above (where you wait until a row hasn’t come up for quite some time) and place bets on certain seemingly inactive rows.
As always, the idea is to spread your bets in such a way as to make it more likely that you’ll win. Although it’s a very cliché thing to say, luck truly does play a role when it comes to winning at roulette, so just stay alert and pay attention to where the ball is landing and place your bets accordingly.