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A Strategy for Roulette

31 January 2015

By John Marchel
To improve your chances of winning at roulette play different combinations. Here is one to consider.

Wager three chips on the red spot and two chips on the middle column. This combination will cover all 18 red numbers; the middle column will also cover eight additional black numbers. Remember, the center column has more black than the other two columns. Only ten other black numbers and the 0 and 00 will make you lose this bet. This will result in you having 26 ways to win and only 12 ways to lose (11 ways to lose on a single zero wheel).

Here is how it turns out. If a red number shows up and it’s on the center column you will win seven units. You will have won three units for red, which pays even money and four units for the center column which pays 2:1.

On the other hand if one of the red numbers ends up in the 1st or 3rd column, you will win three for waging red and lose two for the column bet, still ending up with a one unit profit. If the ball lands on black in the center column you will win four, and lose three on the red spot, again a one unit win. You can also change the combination by playing black and betting the third or outside column with the same results. In the end you don’t win a lot, and you don’t loss a lot, but you get to play a lot. Later, if you get on a winning streak, double your wagers, but stay with the same strategy.

Bet - You Didn’t Know

• Early American roulette wheels had only 28 numbers but had a 0, double 00, and an eagle slot. That extra eagle spot helped to gave the house a whopping 12.3 percent edge.

• It was in 1796, in the gambling houses of the Palais Royal, in Paris France, that the game of roulette was first introduced to the world.

• Roulette is the most popular casino game in Europe. In some casinos you will find only two or three blackjack tables, while they might have 12 to 15 roulette wheels.

• If you add together all the numbers on a roulette wheel, the total is the mystical number 666, often associated with the Devil.

• The roulette wheels used in the casinos of Paris in the late 1790’s had red for the single zero and black for the double zero. To avoid confusion, the color green was selected for the zeros in roulette wheels starting in the 1800’s.

• One technique casinos have used to change a winning session by a roulette player is to “change the pill.” This is done when a roulette dealer changes the size of the ball in play. Casinos will use three different size balls, all of which will bounce and land in different ways depending on which ball is used.

• At one time in 1941 Harold’s Club in Reno had a one-cent roulette game.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at


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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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