Some Roulette Thoughts – Gambling With An Edge

This post is syndicated by the Las Vegas Advisor for the 888 casino group. Anthony Curtis comments on the 888 article introduced and linked to on this page.

A. C. says: This article provides a good overview of the different versions of roulette and its betting options. Not mentioned is the new trend toward triple-zero wheels, which raises the casino edge from 5.26% on the double-zero to 7.69%. The two versions are often available side-by-side in a casino, and it’s not uncommon to see an equal number of players at each. Assuming the limits are the same for both, there’s no reason to choose the triple-zero wheel. The “suicide” bet referenced in the article is also known as the “basket bet,” or simply the “five numbers bet,” and has a house edge of 7.89%. Aside from avoiding the bad options, there’s not much to talk about in the way of roulette strategy. Author Frank Scoblete hits on the most important consideration, which is to slow the game down (limiting your exposure to the house edge) by playing at crowded tables.

This article was written by Frank Scoblete in association with 888casino.

Some Roulette Thoughts

Roulette is probably the oldest casino game. It was invented by Blaise Pascal in his search for a perpetual motion machine in the 1600s. He didn’t discover the machine but he did give us a game that has thrilled and annoyed players since that time.

True, soldiers throughout history have spun their shields either to discern what the gods wanted them to do to yonder village, town or city or to beat their fellow soldiers in a game of sorts. Roulette comes from that tradition. Still, we have Blaise to thank for the casino version of it that we play today.

Roulette is just a spinning wheel with red and black colored numbers on it, running from 1-36, along with one or two zeroes as well. These one or two zeroes can be green. 

There are two types of roulette games, the American roulette (two zero numbers – 0 and 00) and the European roulette the (one zero – 0). Both games have the numbers 1-36.

Which game is better? 

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