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An Overview of Popular Roulette Strategies

Since its invention in the mid 18th century, gamblers have sought and devised numerous roulette strategies to try and beat the wheel. While some players resorted to mathematical analysis, others preferred more deceptive methods.

In 1873 in Monte Carlo, one Joseph Jagger was able to win substantial amounts in casinos. His roulette strategy was to observe the tendencies and nuisances of the wheel, which enabled him to predict where the ball was likely to drop in.

This type of roulette strategy continued into the early 1900s, as the prevailing technology made it easy for players to see misalignments and other deficiencies in the wheel. As technology improved, this strategy had to be abandoned.

During the 1950s and 60s, the advances in technology made it possible to manufacture computers small enough to carry around. Would be gamblers carried these miniature devices into casinos and using software, tried to determine the likely place where the roulette ball would fall into.

This tactic continued into the 1990s, and one of the most well known cases involved that of Gonzalo Pelayo. Using computer simulations to predict the patterns of the roulette ball, Pelayo was able to win several times at the Casino de Madrid, but he was eventually by the casino. In 2004, three people were arrested in London on the same charge.

Using computer devices is now strictly forbidden in casinos, but there are legitimate roulette strategies you can utilize. But before looking at some of them, it should stressed that if you were given a choice between an American and European wheel, always choose the European roulette, as it only has one zero, reducing the house edge by half.

One of the most popular roulette strategies are the Martingale wager strategies. The basic premise is that for every lost wager the player doubles the bet in the succeeding spin. This is done so that once the player wins, all losses are recovered instantly. However, the efficiency of this technique is now widely doubted.

In the "dopey experiment", a player bets n a single number for a predetermined number of spins. By sticking to one number, the player will be able to gain back all his losses with a single win. If he spins 35 times, there is a 60% chance he will get a hit.

A variation of this roulette strategy is to bet on a color rather than a number. However, it should be taken into account that while there is a good chance the ball will land in your chosen color (i.e., in 38 spins a ball will land in black approximately 15 times), you would need 19 hits to break even (probability: 36%).

Another popular strategy is to use the Fibonacci number sequence (1-1-2-3-5-8-13 and so on). Here the idea is to make wagers based on this sequence. One more tactic is worth mentioning, and that is betting on the green numbers (the zero and double zeros). By betting on these numbers some players believe that it eliminates the house edge.

There are several roulette strategies available, and this is only a small sample. The question as to which is the most efficient is something each will find out for him/herself.

But it should be added that regardless of the roulette strategy used, the key to any real success in the game lies in the discipline of the player. By setting up stop/loss and profit caps, a gambler can walk out of the casino with minimal losses and profits.