Winning Roulette Against All Odds

Charles DeVille Wells was said to be “The Man Who Broke the Bank in Monte Carlo.” An enduring mystique has grown around this story even inspiring a song about it. It was also said that he accomplished this feat using the “Labouchere” or Cancellation System. It’s hard to say how much truth there is to the legend, but I do know this is an insidious little system that seems to win on balance until a long series of unfavorable decisions creates a catastrophic loss. Wells died broke in 1926.Roulette is one of the simplest of all casino games but holds a remarkable fascination for it’s followers. The crudest recorded versions date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The modern game we know today began in France in the 1800’s. The name Roulette is a French word meaning “little wheel.”In England a variation of the game was called E O (stood for even/odd) and in the 1800’s America’s wild west saloons they played another variation of a wheel game called Faro.The European version of roulette is designed with 36 numbers and a single 0. With an odds payout of 35 to 1 the house percentage is vastly more favorable than the double zero wheel that is used on this side of the Atlantic.With the single zero wheel and a feature called “en prison,” the house percentage is 2.7%. When the zero appears, all wagers on the outside of the table(odd/even, red/black, high/low) are not lost and remain on the table for the next spin or the player has the option to forfeit half his bet. These features reduce the casino’s percentage to 2.7% and on even money wagers it is further reduced to 1.35%.Roulette in American casinos employs a zero/double zero on their wheel and is a world apart from the European ones. Using the 0/00 added to the 36 numbers increases the casino’s advantage to 5.26% which is why the game enjoys much greater popularity in European casinos than it does here in the U.S. The payoff on winning bets are the same, 35 to 1, the negative house percentage is double.Despite the increased house edge against the player, there are still some advantages to playing roulette. First, it can be a very relaxing game and provides a nice diversion from some of the more serious table games. It can be an enjoyable way to pass the time.Secondly, since it is a game with a low expectancy of a winning outcome, it can be played with very low table minimums or starting capital.This is not to say that it is impossible for the intelligent player to win playing roulette. On the contrary, compared to wagering on slot machines or the BIG 6 wheel where the percentages range from 10% on certain machines, to as high as 18% against the player it is by far a better bet.Although I regularly hear the “experts” say that the roulette wheel cannot be beaten, that the player is guaranteed to lose, I cannot help but to disagree. Losses do occur at times, but on balance, I have been a net winner my entire life. If it can’t be beaten, how is that possible?In the 40 years I have spent gambling in casinos I have experimented with a wide variety of playing and betting methods. Some of these methods were marginal at best, but some that I’ve used were excellent performers. The long odds payoffs on the inside layout (the numbers) combined with a disciplined wagering system have the ability to produce exceptional results.Although I agree that in the “long run” no system can overcome a negative expectancy, it is in the “short run” that the player must exercise the discipline to always quit when winning.The game lends itself nicely to even money wagering on the outside of the table layout and most “up as you win” wagering systems tend to also be profitable when combined with reasonable expectations.My problem with the “experts” regarding roulette is that they look at the negative house percentage and quickly dismiss it as a game that cannot be beaten. Their real life casino gambling seems to be either very limited or possibly nonexistent. My own personal experience is in sharp contrast.The player’s advantages are clear. The low capital requirements make it ideal as a low risk venue. The pace is leisurely and the rules uncomplicated with low table minimums. There are playing strategies that will, in the short run, give the player the opportunity for very attractive gains.These are a few of the rules that must be followed to be successful playing roulette.1. Familiarize yourself with the correct playing and betting systems.
2. Do not vary from these playing methods by betting on hunches or riskier wagers.
3. Decide on the amount of capital you will risk and do not exceed that amount. If you lose that amount have the discipline to walk away.
4. Bet minimum amounts when losing and only increase your bet size after a winning wager. Never increase your bet size to try and recoup losses… ever.
5. Keep your playing sessions short.
6. The game of roulette was not designed to favor the player…
Always quit when you are winning!
7. Do not gamble with money you cannot afford to lose.Greedy players are seldom if ever winning players. Do not try to “break the bank.” It cannot be done. But, with good judgment and a fair amount of discipline, roulette can be can be both enjoyable and very profitable. Play to win.

Blackjack Is Not a Team Sport! 5 Facts You Have to Know About the Casino Game

Everyone is always afraid of messing up another players cards. People look around like a lost child at the fair wondering if they hit will the rest of players at the casino blackjack table get angry. They wonder if I stay will the casino blackjack dealer get 21?Here are 5 quick facts you have to know about casino blackjack.Fact #1 The casino games are designed to beat you! Blackjack is no exception, the casino will win your money if you stay too long or if you are uneducated about the game of blackjack. So it does not matter if you hit or stand if you play blackjack too long you will lose!Fact #2 In order to give yourself a fighting chance of winning at blackjack, you have to know Basic Strategy. This is what is on all the little cards you always see people sneaking a peek at when they are at the blackjack table. Memorize the basic strategy and if you are caught like a deer in headlights when you are at the blackjack table ask the dealer what you should do, not another player.Fact #3 If you are not sure how to effectively play your blackjack cards, you should definitely play at one of the lower limit casino blackjack tables. Players there are generally on the same playing level as you would be on and it will be more about the fun than winning a million dollars at blackjack.Fact #4 If you insist you know what you are doing and decide to play blackjack at a real casino table, and you do realize you need a little guidance so you swallow your pride and ask the casino blackjack dealer what you should do, listen to his/her advice. Do not by any means deviate from the blackjack dealers instructions. They deal hundreds of thousands of hands yearly, they know what they are doing. Regardless of the outcome of your blackjack hand please do not forget to tip your blackjack dealer for the advice. The blackjack dealer does not have to help you win but if you show your gratitude by throwing the blackjack dealer some tips or tokes as they are called (short for token of appreciation) you might just find that the blackjack dealer will help you more often. Besides it is just good karma! * Some casinos frown upon asking the blackjack dealer how to play your hand so make sure you are not breaking any rules.Fact #5 This is a big stress reliever, it will leave you in a state of mind that will allow you to have fun and make money. The other players will not give you your money back if you do miss play your hand in hopes that the rest of the people at the blackjack table will win. So do not ask them if they want you to hit or stand. It is your money play it they way you want to. Observe a reasonable etiquette but at the end of the night if you are broke do you think they are going to buy you dinner because you held your 16?So remember blackjack is not a team sport! It is a casino game that will beat you every chance it gets. Arm yourself with knowledge and learn how to bet to maximize your chances of walking away with your money.