If your gaming ventures are restricted to playing the slot machines because you feel intimidated by the table games, try stopping by the roulette wheel! It doesn’t require the basic strategy knowledge you need to play blackjack, it’s not as fast-paced as craps, and it gives you a much better “bang for your betting dollar” than the slots.
Roulette, THE game of choice in Europe, proceeds at a relaxed, leisurely pace. Since, for all practical purposes, it is based on pure luck, roulette can be appealing to a wide spectrum of gaming enthusiasts. It’s easy to learn, and if you know how to manage your bankroll, it can be loads of fun.
There are 38 numbered “pockets” on an American roulette wheel. Thirty-six of them are numbered 1 through 36. Eighteen odd numbers, 18 even numbers, 18 black numbers, 18 red numbers. The remaining two pockets are labeled “0” and “00”, the dreaded green colored pockets that give the house its edge. Let me explain:
If you bet a number on the roulette wheel and the ball lands on the number you bet on, the true mathematical odds would pay you 37 to 1 since there are 38 possible places the ball could have landed. But in the casino you will only be paid 35-1, which amounts to a 5.26 advantage for the house, a “built in” edge that guarantees them a profit over the long run.
Even though players can get a much better deal playing basic strategy at the blackjack tables or making the most advantageous wagers at the craps tables, the roulette wheel is still worth a spin, especially if you’re trying to “wean” yourself from the slot machines.
The mistake most people make at the roulette wheel is being …