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# Two roulette systems that work

18 January 2009

OK, the title of this article is an absolute fabrication unless we redefine what the word "work" means. If we mean that you will win in the long run with the systems I am advocating, then the title of this column is really misleading. If we mean that you will reduce your expected losses, perhaps have more fun in the bargain, then the word "work" works here. OK, it's this second definition that I am using.

Short of a biased wheel that you can exploit (which you almost never find today); short of finding a dealer who can actually place the ball where he or she wants (and also wants you, a total stranger, instead of all his or her close relatives and friends to win) — you really have no chance to beat roulette in the long run, because the game is random and the casinos have the edge on each and every bet placed. Unless you are a rare individual who can follow the ball around the wheel and accurately guess where it will land well enough to overcome a high house edge. I know of only three people who can do this.

I hope none of this shocks you, because if it does — why are you reading this magazine, which explains in each and every issue, the fact that you can't get an edge on the casino games?

Yes, roulette has a house edge and how that edge is established is simple to understand. The casino doesn't pay back the true odds of whatever bet you are making. Here are two examples: If you place a single number straight up on the layout, the odds of winning are 37-to-1 in a double-zero game and 36-to-1 in a single-zero game. The casino pays back 35-to-1 in both games. So in the double-zero game the house edge is 5.26% and in the single-zero game the house edge is 2.7%. In monetary terms you lose \$5.26 per \$100 wagered in the double-zero game and \$2.70 per \$100 wagered in the single-zero game.

But not all bets in roulette are straight up. What if you bet one of the outside "even-money" bets such as red/black, odd/even, or high/low, will you get a better game there? No and yes. Let's see "no" first. If you bet, say, red, the casino will win 20 times and you will win 18 times in a double-zero game while the casino will win 19 times and you will win 18 times in a single-zero game. The house edge is 5.26% in the double-zero game and 2.7% in the single-zero game. No difference.

However in some casinos, they allow a rule called "surrender" which cuts your losses in half should a zero show. That means the house edge on the outside bets is reduced in half. Then these become the best bets to make at the game because the lower the house edge, the better for the player.

These roulette edges are rather high when you compare them to the edges of a basic strategy player at traditional blackjack and on the best bets of craps — around one-half percent. Obviously, you are always better off playing a single-zero roulette wheel but not every casino offers such a pleasure.

Still both types of roulette games have a big positive factor going for them — they are slow. At a crowded table, the game can grind out about 40-50 decisions per hour, even with the lightning-like dealers. The house edge may be high, which is bad for the player, but the speed of the game is slow, which is good for the player. Fewer decisions equal fewer losses — a rule all casino players should memorize.

That's where the Super-Scobe Strategies come in — graciously named for me by — ah — me. We are going to do something that makes the game have even fewer decisions where we have to buck that high house edge but these strategies will also generate even more adrenaline flow at the same time.

We are going to look for trends. We are also going to look for anti-trends. Both of these systems work equally well because, in truth, neither works at all. However, by looking for (or against) trends, we must sit out spins. That's the genius behind these Super-Scobe-Strategies.

Here is the Super-Scobe-Trend-Finder on outside even-money bets. If one of the propositions has hit two times in a row (two reds, two blacks or two highs, two lows or two odds, two evens), you bet with that proposition on the next spin. If it wins again, keep betting it. In fact, keep betting it until it loses and then wait for two more hits in a row. You only choose one "even-money" proposition to wager on — not all of them. Most people prefer doing red/black but it doesn't matter which of the three outside "even-money" propositions you choose — just choose one of them.

The Super-Scobe-Anti-Trend-Finder works just as well on these outside bets. If one of the propositions has hit two times in a row (two reds, two blacks or two highs, two lows or two odds, two evens), you bet against that proposition on the next spin. If you win, keep betting against that original proposition. In fact, keep betting against it until you lose and then wait for two more hits in a row. You only choose one "even-money" proposition to wager against — not all of them. Keep that in mind.

If you are a daring player, you can also use either of the Super-Scobe Strategies on the other outside propositions — for example, the columns bet. Here we watch all three columns. Whichever one hits twice in a row, you bet that one on the next spin and you keep betting it until you lose. Or you bet against that column on the next spin (choose one of the other two columns) and you keep betting against the column until you lose.

The Super-Scobe Strategies will not be able to make you a long-term winner at roulette. I wish they could. But they can reduce the amount of money you bet into a high house edge by reducing the number of decisions you experience. That is a good thing.

You will also note that as you are waiting to employ either the Super-Scobe-Trend-Finder or the Super-Scobe-Anti-Trend-Finder, your heart is racing and your excitement is building because you desire (strongly) to get into the action. Since many casino players gamble for that adrenaline rush, you'll be getting plenty of it as you wait impatiently for the two hits in a row to occur.

If you are a lover of roulette, give these two strategies a try. They work!

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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

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