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The Most Common Mistakes by Roulette Beginners

by Craig Edwards
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Embarking on the thrilling journey of roulette can be a fun experience, but navigating its complexities requires a strategic approach and a comprehensive understanding of the game’s intricacies. Join us as we investigate the most common mistakes made by roulette beginners when playing at retail and online casinos.

Difference Between American and European Roulette

One of the most common mistakes made by roulette beginners is not understanding the difference between European (French) roulette and American roulette.

  • House advantage is less on European Roulette = 2.7% because they only have one 0 on their board
  • American Roulette has House Edge = 5.26% because they have 0 and 00 on their board

Whenever possible, consider European roulette over American roulette, it will increase your chance of winning.

Appreciate That Gambling on Roulette Is a Risk

When entering a game of roulette, it would be a common mistake to not understand that gambling on roulette is a risk.

How do you alleviate and manage those risks?

  • Manage your bankroll during the game. To help aid this you need to understand the bets you are taking. If they are bigger odds bets, they will win less but when they do win, your winnings will become a bigger multiple of your stake.
  • Don’t chase losses. It is easy to be suckered into chasing your losses and in doing so bet bigger amounts after a run of losing bets.
  • Find a strategy and stick to it – One such strategy is to bet smaller amounts once you are winning, that is the opposite of chasing your losses.
  • Planning your budget out with a chosen strategy will enable you to have the most time possible playing roulette.

Appreciate Gambling Fallacies

There has often been a fallacy around gambling on roulette and that would be a common mistake for a beginner to roulette to make. This fallacy is created by believing that a number is overdue to come. The house lists the recent winners on a board placed near the roulette Wheel for the players to see! This is a deliberate ploy from the house to innuendo the idea to players that there is a skill and logical sequence to why each number wins.

This is a total fallacy because each spin of the roulette wheel is unique and has the same chance of each number winning. Therefore, there are occasions when the sequences of winning numbers become remarkably skewed one-way or the other. Yes, in lifetime terms the odds will right themselves but on any given day the sequence is unique.

The conclusion is: never put all your eggs in one basket when playing roulette.

Not Understanding the Odds of All Roulette Bets and Their Payouts

We believe that once those fundamentals explained above are in place for you to play roulette, the final common mistake to avoid is not understanding the odds of winning for all roulette bets.

Roulette Bet Types

It would be a common mistake amongst roulette beginners to not understand what an inside bet is, so we have listed them below.

  • Straight up – A single number bet with one selection and payout of 35/1
  • Split bet – This bet has two numbers selected meaning a payout of 17/1
  • Street bet – For a winning payout of 11/1 a street bet means three consecutive numbers
  • Corners or square bets – These bets are for four numbers selected encompassing the four corners with the chip placed on the area that covers all four selected numbers with a payout of 8/1 should one of the numbers land.
  • Six line – the name suggests what happens for this 5/1 payout bet and to place it, the player places it directly below the line that is adjacent to the six numbers.

Another common mistake from roulette beginners would be to not understand the term “outside bets”.

These sorts of bets cover a larger portion of numbers and increase your chances of winning at lesser odds

  • For the 1/1 payout, the choice of red or black is the best-known one.
  • Odd or even – high or low are other exact variations of the 1/1 payout bet.
  • Column bet – this raises the odds for winning to 2/1 for players and means selecting 12 numbers in either of the three columns by placing the chip directly below.
  • Dozen bets are effectively the same winning payout odds of 2/1 and cover three selections of numbers – 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36.

Delving into the world of roulette demands a keen understanding of its nuances to avoid common pitfalls. By staying informed and strategic, you can maximize your enjoyment and chances of success in the dynamic world of roulette.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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