Myths about roulette that need to be debunked

Roulette is one of the most enjoyable games in an online casino. It doesn’t come with the same degree of pressure as a game like blackjack where you often have to make 50/50 calls. However, unlike slots, you do have a certain degree of input into the game which can make wins more likely. Like any game you will find at casinos on, there are many different approaches you can take to roulette which will offer you a chance to walk away with some winnings.

Equally, there are many beliefs about the game of roulette which are either only partially true or completely false, and casinos themselves do very little to correct these inaccurate impressions. Why would they? If people walk into a game of roulette basing their decisions on false impressions, it’s not going to hurt the casino. And it’s not the casinos spreading these myths, so they’re not doing anything wrong by letting people believe them. So here, we are going to take a look at some of the more pernicious myths and cut them out once and for all.

Past performance predicts the future

In many land-based casinos and every online casino, the roulette table displays the numbers that have most recently been called. Sometimes it’s the last five, sometimes as many as ten. If you’re looking at those numbers, it’s easy to build an impression that could be deeply misleading. Say that eight of the last ten spins have landed on red. Knowing that there is pretty much an even possibility of the ball landing on red or black, you might be convinced that there is a greater chance of the ball landing on black this time. That’s really not the case. Any time the wheel is spun, there is an even chance of it landing either way – regardless of the last ten spins.

Doubling down will pay off in time

There are, depending on the version of the game you are playing, 37 or 38 holes the ball can land in on a roulette table. So if you’re playing a long game, you might well think it’s worth standing pat on a number of your choice – because hey, it will land on it some time in the next 37 spins, right? Well, no. Yes, it has a 1 in 37 (or 38) chance of landing there. On the next spin, it will also have that same chance. Realistically, though, it could take well over 100 spins to land on your chosen number, and even if you have inexhaustible funds and can wait that long, you’d be losing a lot of money to win a smaller amount.

You can’t win big on roulette

Although the above debunkings are absolutely genuine, don’t make the mistake of thinking that roulette is biased against you ever winning real money. In fact, if you bet smartly, you have a decent chance of winning something every time that wheel is spun. If you get on a run of good luck and are ahead against the casino, it may even be worth a speculative bet on a single number (or even spreading your bet across more than one number). Because you’re betting with won money, the risk to your bankroll is lower – and if it comes off, you make a big profit. Just remember to be cautious most of the time, and the occasional speculation could really work for you.

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