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Doing It Right: Roulette

11 November 2021

CINDY: Roulette is one of the oldest casino games in the world. Even before casinos existed, people bet on the spin of various things; they could be shields, wheels, circles of any kind. It seems that spinning things attract us.

ABBY: Roulette means “little wheel.” It developed over about a hundred years in Europe and became a big game for noblemen to play. It was invented, or so we think, by mathematician Blaise Pascale in the late 1700’s.

CINDY: You could say the little wheel was a big deal with really big deals.

ABBY: The game caught on in France and because of its allure many noblemen lost everything as they thought the wheel could be beaten and they tried to come up with systems that could do just that. These systems never worked in the long run because the game was rigged. Today, we don’t say rigged because the casinos acknowledge how they make their payoffs and how they get their edges. No one is fooling anyone with the game of roulette. There is nothing hidden.

CINDY: There are two general types of roulette games. One is called the American game which has 36 numbers and a 0 and a 00. There are 38 pockets that the ball can land in. The payment is 35 to one on a winning bet. The real payment, called the “true payment,” should be 37 to one. The casino doesn’t pay fairly – obviously – or the casinos couldn’t make any money at the game.

ABBY: The second type of roulette game is called the European game. It also has 36 numbers but it has only one 0. The payout is still 35 to one but since there are 37 pockets instead of 38 as the American game has, the edge for the casino is cut almost in half. The American game has a house edge of 5.26 percent and the European game has a house edge of 2.70 percent.

CINDY: Fun fact! The European game was invented in America and the American game was invented in Europe.

ABBY: I am sure most casino players know how roulette is played. I’m guessing most casino players have dipped their fingers in the roulette waters. The game has been around for decades, for generations, and still is quite popular in today’s modern casinos. In fact, with scoreboards and inter-table play, the fan base for roulette seems quite solid.

CINDY: As with all the games we play, we are very conservative.

ABBY: We don’t bet it up on the inside numbers. There you only have one chance to win on a placed number…

CINDY: Or you could make multiple inside bets as well.

ABBY: And that would be a big mistake. We always want to keep our betting in check. We can’t overcome the house edge but we can limit the amount of money that edge works on. Therefore, we say not to go inside with more than one bet.

CINDY: If you want to bet multiple numbers you should make one of the outside proposition bets. Some of these are the columns, the dozens and the even-money bets of red/black, odd/even, or high/low. The even-money bets are called “even-money” because they pay one-to-one, which is even money, but those bets are not fair. The casino will win 20 times and the player will win 18 times at the American game and the casino will win 19 times and the player 18 times in the European game.

ABBY: I stick to playing just the red/black. I try to see if I can get a streak going on one or the other. Can that make me win? No more and no less than just throwing my chips on either one without thinking. But thinking is part of the fun of playing – at least to me – even though I know I can’t overcome the randomness of the game.

CINDY: Betting the even-money bets or any of the other outside proposition bets allows you to win some, lose some and the like. You go back and forth. I think a player gets more action betting those best. On inside bets you can go a long, long time losing so you have to have patience or a bankroll that could take some long losing streaks.

ABBY: Roulette is a fun game and I recommend it.

CINDY: It may be a “small wheel” but it does have a big fan base.
Royal Flushes

Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.
Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.