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Think You Can Beat Roulette? Take A Look At The The Odds?

shutterstock_254692582Any game of luck is beatable in the short run, but as with all games of chance the house odds will eventually catch up with you. Roulette simply is not the best game for players as far as the house edge goes. However, it is one of the more popular games. And, it does offer players a lot of fun and table camaraderie.

In Europe roulette is the game of choice. It originated in France sometime in the 1600s. As time progressed this popular game spread out into Europe and finally to the United States. In French roulette means “little wheel.”

The rules are different for American Roulette and European Roulette. If you want a detailed discussion of the differences here is a thorough resource: http://www.bestonlinecasino.com/game-rules/european-roulette-rules/

As we have reported before, there are casino games that have a house edge of as low as1% if you play them correctly. Players can, for example, keep the house edge down to about 1% if they play blackjack using basic strategy and have favorable house rules. The house edge on craps can also be kept down to about 1% if you play the “pass” or “no “pass” line.

American Roulette has a house edge of 5.26%, which is hefty. You have to have an extra dose of luck to win at this game. The odds will catch up with you much quicker playing roulette than playing other casino games. However, it is a fun game and it moves kind of slow which does preserve your bank roll a little longer.

Like craps, roulette offers many different bets, but is not as complex as craps. When you play roulette, you can bet on red or black, odd or even, or you can pick specific numbers or groups of numbers to bet on.

In Vegas the majority of roulette wheels will have both an “0” and a double “00” slot. If you land on either of these, you lose your bet, everyone does, unless a bet is placed on whichever of the two 0s the little ball lands on .

There are single zero games in Vegas, but you have to look for them. This brings the house edge down to 2.7% which is still high, but obviously, better odds. Currently, they are available at the Venetian and Palazzo. Their locations can change so do some research before you play. The single zero games usually have a higher minimum bet.

Some casinos including Bellagio, Aria, and Encore will have European Roulette with different odds. All casinos that offer Roulette will have the wheels with both “0” and “00.”

If you are a serious roulette player it will definitely be worth your while to look around. Also, check out this list of casinos with the various roulette wheels that are offered: http://wizardofvegas.com/guides/roulette-survey

 

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