Is There a Way to Beat Roulette?

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Roulette is one of the most famous and iconic casino games on the planet, and even people uninterested in staking money on things are familiar with the table game. Ever since the spinning wheel was invented by Blaise Pascal way back in 18th century France, people have been trying to work out ways to beat it and fix the result so that they can win money. But no matter what the cunning tricksters try, it’s usually the game and the house which prevail. So what are the methods that have been used? Are any actually viable?

Expert gamblers go to a roulette game and feel that they can beat the wheel by spending time observing the croupier and the way they operate. They watch the way the casino employee spins the wheel and the way they drop the ball. They combine this with their physics knowledge in an effort to determine which number the ball will likely fall on. It is true that each croupier has a different way of playing the game, which is one of the reasons why casinos change the member of staff on each game so frequently. Other tricksters have tried to put electrical devices on wheels to monitor physical variables which can predict the winning number. However, methods like this are highly illegal and will not only get you thrown out of a casino, they will also see you behind bars. Strategies like these are not recommended.

Nowadays, with a lot of people choosing to play online roulette rather than live games, they are at the mercy of a random number generator in terms of which numbers the ball lands in. Instead of trying to trick the wheel or the croupier who drops the ball in, players opt for systems in an effort to beat roulette and win money. There are so many different methods for betting on roulette numbers, and each are designed to minimise losses and maximise returns. For instance, the Martingale system dictates that every time players lose a bet, they double their stake the next time. This way, once they do hit a win, they reclaim their losses and also make a small profit. Other methods include the James Bond system and D’Alembert, which are both considered to be low-risk betting strategies.

Because roulette is a game of chance, it shouldn’t be seen by players as a viable way of making money. If taken as a bit of fun and a way to enjoy yourself, roulette can be thrilling. The best way to beat roulette is to not let it beat you. The ones who fail at the game are those who invest more money than they can afford on playing it. Instead, set clear ground rules for yourself before starting and make sure you walk away before you stake too much of your hard-earned cash. Many people have tried and failed to get the better of the “little wheel” over the years.