"If I had the money and the drinking capacity, I'd probably live at a roulette table and let my life go to hell." Michael Ventura. Be that as it may, the sheer thrill of online routlette make it a peoples' casino favourite.
All numbers have an equal chance of landing on a roulette wheel. This makes online roulette a game of pure chance and "winning systems" should be viewed with a good dose of suspicion. However, there are a number of core rules that should always be considered to avoid heavy losses at the online roulette table.
Legends of Roulette
Founded the first Monte Carlo casino and brought roulette to the gambling capital of Europe. Francois Blanc did a deal with the Devil himself to win the secrets of the roulette wheel (allegedly!). Gloriously, when all the numbers on the roulette wheel are added up they total 666, the number of the beast.
In 1873 Joseph Jagger hired six clerks to watch the numbers on the roulette wheels in the Beaux-Arts Casino in Monte Carlo. He found one number came up more than any other and was the first to exploit the a flawed roulette wheel, winning $450,000 before anyone noticed! Others were to follow in his footsteps predicting patterns unique to the spin of an individual roulette wheel.
In 1891 Charles Wells broke the bank at Monte Carlo playing the roulette wheels. In two visits to the casino he won over two million francs, a vast fortune at the time. In an infamous run on the roulette wheels he won 23 out of 30 spins. His exploits were popularised in the song, “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo” by Fred Gilbert.
In the 1990's Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo wrote a computer programme to analyse the roulette wheels at the Casino de Madrid in Spain. He determined which numbers would come up most often and won over a million dollars in a period of several years. Eventually the casino caught on to his system and brought him to court. But for once the House did not win and the court ruled in his favor.
In 2004 Ashley Revell sold everything he owned and raised $135,300. Rather than take out a pension, he flew to the Plaza Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, walked straight to a roulette table and put his life savings on red. The ball landed on Red 7. Revell doubled his money and avoided leaving flat broke. Roulette balls of steel.
Online Roulette Tactics
Be a single zero hero
Online roulette wheels typically have the European single zero. Never play an online roulette wheel with the two zeros. This doubles the house advantage before you've even signed in!
Be the man with a betting plan
A betting system to beat the online roulette wheel does not exist. However, following a disciplined and planned betting strategy does help you inflict a bit more pain on the House. It is worth understanding the more popular online roulette systems. You can be a roulette alchemist and have fun trying to brew up your own potion for winning!
The Five Number Bummer
Always avoid the infamous five number bet (covering 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3), which has the least profitable payback of all roulette bets. The house advantage on this bet is a whopping 7.89 percent.
Break Into En Prison
Always play tables that offer the En Prison Rule (Surrender). This option reduces the house edge by 50% on even-money bets.
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