Common Roulette Strategies

Roulette is the casino game that nearly every Canadian knows how to play. A wheel, a ball, and whether you win or lose it all down to luck. A beginner is as likely to win at roulette as a seasoned player, which is why playing the game is so popular with the newcomers at Refuel Casino. But even when the outcome is down to chance, you can still adopt a roulette strategy that will improve your experience and make your bankroll last longer. 

Online casinos typically want to maximize their edge, so they don’t usually offer players many tips. But at Refuel, we do things a little differently. What’s important to us is helping all Canadian adults have a great gaming experience. So here, we lift the lid on the most popular roulette systems that have been developed throughout the years. 

Choose the optimum wheel

If you have read our page on roulette rules, you will know that each bet you can place on a particular wheel has the same house edge. So there is no mathematical difference in betting on 22 at 35/1 or betting on red at even money. Where the variation lies is in the choice of wheel. 

The American roulette wheel has two zeros and that means a higher house edge of a little over five percent, compared with 2.7 percent for European roulette. While there are plenty of players who prefer American roulette, the strategists will always advise you to choose a single-zero European wheel.

Another piece of advice about your choice of table at Refuel Casino is to choose live dealer roulette over a fully automated game. As well as being more fun, it tends to take a little longer for each spin. From a roulette strategy point of view, that is never a bad thing, as you spend your bankroll more slowly. 

Canadian roulette is a drinking game played with Molson Canadian. Maybe play that to celebrate a nice win?!

Double it up with a Martingale

The Martingale is the most famous roulette strategy around. In fact, at first glance, it looks foolproof. Like most things associated with online roulette, it is very easy to understand. The method works best with the even money bets, for example, red or black, odd or even. 

Let’s assume you bet CAD$10 on red. When you win, you go again at CAD$10. When you lose, you double your bet and keep doing so until you win. 

This roulette system means that for every win, you get another CAD$10 in your pocket. For every sequence of losses, you still end up with CAD$10 in your pocket, provided you continue doubling until red finally appears. Suppose you have four blacks in a row and then a red. You will bet CAD$10, then CAD$20, then CAD$40, then CAD$80 then CAD$160 on the winning red spin. 

Add those together, and you get CAD$310 wagered. But with the winning spin, you are rewarded CAD$160, and you get your CAD$160 wager returned, meaning you come out CAD$10 on top. Try it with any combination and it always works.

The problem with the Martingale is that occasionally you will encounter a really long losing run. Every roulette table has a maximum bet, even in Monte Carlo, and if you bump up against that limit, you can end up with a heavy loss. Suppose the limit on the table in our example was CAD$250. If that fifth spin had resulted in a black, it would have been impossible to double up the CAD$160 wager and the whole strategy would collapse.

This is why the Martingale is not the “guaranteed way to beat the house” that some people claim. But if you like to play for fun and you start low, the risk of that catastrophic loss is slim. 

Follow the trends

Some experts say that trend betting is the only true roulette strategy. This is because it is all about managing your bankroll instead of trying to outwit the laws of mathematics. 

Again, even money bets are the most popular here, so we will stay with the example of red/black. With trend betting, you watch and wait until two consecutive spins bring the same result, so either two reds or two blacks. Then you bet on the same color. If you win, keep going and see how long the run continues. If you lose, relax and wait for the next two consecutives.

The reason strategists like this roulette strategy is that it keeps you involved in the action without betting on every spin of the wheel. They argue that this reduces the chances of the law of averages catching up with you and improves your odds of finishing the game with a profit. 

There are plenty of other strategies out there, and some of them are quite outlandish, but we have covered some of the most popular. Why not join us at the roulette wheel and give them a try? Good luck!

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