Every casino game has a house edge that you’ll always face when you play, but that edge can often be lowered if you know how to stay away from things that work in the house’s favor. The game of roulette is a good example of how much you can improve your chances of winning by playing within some strategic parameters.
With some careful planning you can get the most out of your time on a roulette table, instead of losing all your money in a couple of minutes and looking for action elsewhere. Roulette has a wide variety of different bets to choose from, and not all of them have the same house edge attached to them.
The first thing you want to avoid is making too many inside bets. Betting on single numbers might pay nice when you hit one, but you’ll need a big bankroll to have any money left after all the losses you’ll endure in between hits. The longer the odds on the bets you play, the longer it will take to be a winner. The average player does not have the bankroll to leisurely play 35:1 odds bets all night. Make most of your bets in the outside bet area of the table where your odds are near even.
One thing that every roulette player should know is to stay away from the five-spot bet. This bet is a wager on the 0,00,1, 2, 3 spots on the wheel. It can only be made in an American roulette game because the European version doesn’t have the 00 spot on it. The reason you want to stay away from this bet is because it carries the biggest house edge over any other game, at about 7.89%, which is almost twice the edge on other bets.
Another mistake to avoid is playing at stakes that are too big for your buy-in. If you have $100 to play with you won’t want your chips to be worth any more than $1. That will put the minimum outside bet at 10% of your buy-in. You’ll need five times that much to play at a table with $5 chips.
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