Strategies at Roulette

Some are based solely on instinct and superstitions, but others take a mathematical approach and use betting patterns that are inspired by famous sequences of numbers. The best example is the Fibonacci string, which has been tweaked to become suitable for roulette and evolved into a system that is quite easy to understand. As any progressive strategy, it can be mistaken as a type of Martingale, but the differences are more significant than the similarities.

The goal is to limit potential losses, but the system doesn't take the same chances as the martingale does and the progression is less steep. To understand the Fibonacci strategy, one needs to know that in the sequence a number always represents the sum of the previous two. The string begins with 0-1-1-2-3-5-8 and goes on indefinitely, but for roulette players these seven values are the important ones. Players need to follow the sequence after each losing bet and as soon as they record a win, return to the initial amount.

Regular winnings will only generate one unit and the one responsible for breaking the losing streak is too low to offset all of the previous losses. This means that by using the Fibonacci system when playing roulette you are not guaranteed to leave the table with more money than you set down with. On the good side, the risks of reaching the table limit are mitigated and with the same bankroll, players will get deeper than if they were to use the martingale system. The bottom line is to keep the losses as low as possible, and to enjoy the game even during losing sessions while being in control of the time.

Choose French Roulette when possible

Most roulette players are familiar with the differences between the American and European roulette, and know that the latter has a lower house edge of roughly 2.70%. Its American counterpart has two zeros, and so the casino has twice as many chances to win, which makes it is hard to believe that some players continue to stick to it instead of making the transition. Speaking of which, savvy players who are well aware of the slight differences between roulettes, will choose French roulette when possible.

In terms of appearance, the French roulette is identical to the European one as it features a single zero on the wheel. The differences reside in the rules that govern this roulette, more precisely the “en prison” rule which explains what happens when the ball lands on zero. The amount that players have wagered during that round, are not automatically won by the casino but are kept separately for the next betting round. The players basically enjoy a free round, and will have their stakes returned if they indicate the correct color, column, dozen etc.

Given the obvious advantage, it comes as a surprise that the French roulette is not more popular, but the reason is that casinos are not too fond of it. While it is virtually inexistent in brick and mortar casinos, some online establishments are offering French roulette to their members. In an overwhelming majority of cases though, the casinos stick to the European roulette due to the fact that it guarantees a slightly higher house edge. They need to cover the operating costs, and a roulette that has a house edge of only 1% doesn't meet their expectations, but should be favored by players.