Best Roulette Bets – What Makes The Casinos Worried?

So what’s the secret, what’s the smartest way to play roulette?  Well, it’s quite logical really, the best roulette bets have to be the ones that the casinos dislike the most.   Remember in all casino games including roulette there is a negative expectation, that is there is a probability that the player will eventually lose.   It’s obviously difficult to find roulette strategies that work when the odds are that you will end up losing.   Of course this doesn’t always happen sometimes people will win fabulous amounts of money and defy this expectation.  One of the tricks to playing roulette is to walk out of the casino when this happens – quickly, in fact if you’re up big time then run away.   You can work through one of the many systems, like the dreary Oscar’s Grind  or the hit or miss martingale but without an exit strategy it will all end the same way.

The simple fact is that the longer you play, the more you are subjecting your bank roll to this negative expectation and it will eventually catch up with you.   Roulette odds and payouts are carefully designed to help the house not the player. The less actual bets you make the more chance you have of being a winner.   This is crucial to remember, don’t be too concerned with the best bet on roulette table, more how many bets you should place.

Many of course would argue (with some justification) that the minimum number of bets is actually none at all.  But it is true that to maximise your odds of winning you’d be best to walk into the casino, place one large bet then leave immediately.    It really doesn’t sound much fun and it would make for a pretty dull evening although of course that could really depend on the result of your one single large bet.

Best Roulette Bets

You see the casino are well aware that in the short term there will be fluctuations.   You will see lots of weird results and strange winning streaks in the short term, but experience tells them that  these never last very long.

The longer someone plays the more likely the expectation will be realised, if you bet indefinitely whatever your bank balance you will eventually lose.  It’s the large, I mean really large single bets that really worry a casino – in a short term anything can happen, a few spins could easily go against the odds.   This is what keeps the casino owner sweating at night and with lady luck behind you how to win at roulette.

So the Best Roulette Bets are Large Single Stakes

In essence yes, the way to maximise your potential of winning is to minimise the number of bets.  Walking into a casino, putting your entire bankroll down on an even number spin and walking out whatever the result is the way to play.  There is no doubt that this is the best roulette betting strategy although a little short on fun.   The casino seeks to outlast the player and ride out these small variations, one off large bets don’t allow them chance to do this.   It is the very simple reason why a house has table limits, so they can reduce their risks to individual spins.  The casino would much rather take your cash off you with a 1000 – $2 dollar bets than win it all of you in a single spin.   For the simple reason they are far more likely to win in the long term scenario and less likely to hit a big roulette payout.

But of course knowing this is not likely to change most people’s behavior in a casino, after all who wants to put one bet on and then leave.   Playing roulette online or off is supposed to be fun but knowing these expectations can make a difference to how people play.    If half way through the evening you find yourself way up, then think to yourself the expectation at the start of the night was that you would lose.  If you carry on playing you are giving that expectation more chance to happen. That simple piece of knowledge is worth more than any free roulette strategy, believe me.

How many times have you heard about some huge wins, when a player takes a casino for millions.    These luck streaks happen but the only reason a casino needs to worry is if the winners stop playing, their negative expectation will catch up to them if they carry on.   Of course they might continue their gambling at a different casino – but the player’s expectation will still be reached.

No you can’t enjoy roulette or most casino games by playing purely with these sort of tactics.  Of course you can minimise the negative expectation against you, the advantage known as the house edge.  In the case of roulette always play on European tables if possible, as they have one less zero than the American ones plus they normally allow En Prison or La Partage rules which further reduce the house advantage.

If you’re playing online then you can take that even further, there is one roulette game which has no advantage – it is completely equal 50-50.
Betfair Zero Lounge which…..has no zero on the wheel, and as such they offer by far the best odds of any online game anywhere.   I’m not that fond of the actual roulette interface of this game but there’s no doubt it’s the place to play if maximizing your odds and placing the best roulette bets is your goal.   You wonder how they make money, well in fact the Zero lounge has in fact lost money in many of the countries it operates in.  The fact is that players drift away from the Zero lounge eventually and start playing the slots, video poker and all the games were the odds are back in their favor.

The zero lounge is a good place to try and win big money, but it’s not the place to test a system simply because you won’t get that advantage in any other place on or offline.   The Zero lounge also relies on one other fact to push the odds back in their favor – most people are hopeless gamblers !

**Unfortunately the Zero Lounge seems to have been removed currently, there are still some ‘Zero Edge’ games which you can find in the ‘download casino‘ section of the Betfair site after you’ve registered the account. They are not advertised and you can only see them after you’ve downloaded the casino client and checked under Table and Card games, they do swap them around too so you may find one day ‘zero blackjack’ and ‘zero roulette’ or other ‘zero games’. You can download without making a deposit if you want to check first ***

9 Responses to “Best Roulette Bets – What Makes The Casinos Worried?”

  1. Sebrina Shapin

    Cheers for the write up

    11:48 am on 2/20/11
  2. Dundee joiner

    amazing post,you hit the nail on the head there.

    8:31 pm on 2/23/11
  3. Jared HopelessGambler

    Great Article!
    A lot of insight, I love the game, just never knew the details!
    Hopeless Gambler! lol

    1:43 am on 9/8/11
  4. siboro

    thanks ,i think there is no god of gambler in this world . All play gamble just for fun , it means win or lose just funny . my lose limit until now cost: 14 milion usd just play roulette adn sic bo . for next loser remember this gamble just for fun,if lose never think it again , just forget it and continues live . goodbye

    10:44 am on 5/6/12
  5. Jeema

    If you plan to play Roulette, stick with the bets whose odds almost mirror their payouts. These “even money” bets include betting on Even, Odd, Low (numbers 1 through 18), High (numbers 19 through 36), Red, or Black. All of these wagers pay out at 1 to 1.

    2:26 pm on 10/12/14
  6. Carris

    Hi,

    The zero edge games sound incredible but I can’t find them. I’ve registered on the site and flicked through the live roulette section but can’t find a table with no zero. Can you help me find them?

    8:34 am on 7/5/15
  7. admin

    Hi Carris,

    The zero edge games are very well hidden in fact you can’t even see them until you register! There used to be a lounge area where you can play all zero advantage games but they got rid of that.

    You can now only find them in the downloaded games I’ve put link at end of post above, go to casino and select download which will install all the different games – in it you’ll find some ‘zero edge’ games in the ‘Table & Card Games’ Section. They vary which ones are available though – I just checked and there’s zero edge roulette, baccarat and blackjack at the moment. I’m guessing they want to keep these games low key as they do offer a significant advantage to the player compared to normal games, the best roulette bets anywhere by far! Unfortunately there isn’t a zero edge game on the live roulette games at the moment 🙁

    10:16 am on 7/23/15
  8. Mckercher

    Alas I think the Zero lounge is now gone, at least I couldn’t find it on the betfair site. Not surprised really though they can’t have made much money on it!

    3:18 am on 1/16/17
  9. Max

    Great post, people forget that the only way to maximise your chances is to spend as little time as possible in the casino! The longer you’re there the more chance you have to make poor roulette bets and choices.

    2:32 pm on 1/16/17

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