Remember the long odds in this popular game of chance. With a 5.26 percent house advantage on the American wheel, roulette is one of the worst bets in a casino. Despite the odds, you can use simple strategies to increase your bankroll and enjoy the game. This article contains some winning strategies.


Getting Started

  • Strategy is critical if you want to win more often. When you first play roulette, the players scattering chips across the table may resemble pepperoni slices on a pizza. All bets must stay within the table's maximum limits. So few players place one bet at a time.
  • Of course, the more bets you place, the more difficult it is to keep track of everything. To make things easier, consider these two options:
  • Keep your bets small and only play outside bets. For example, each spin bet on red or black. A single outside bet covers 18 of the 38 possible combinations.
  • Place two equal bets on two outside bets: one at even money and the other at 2 to 1. Consider betting on black and Column Three, which has eight red numbers. So you have 26 numbers to hit, 4 of which are doubles. You can also bet on red and Column Two, which has eight black numbers, together. Another 26 numbers with two ways to win. Column One (or one of the three dozens) covers 24 numbers, and 6 numbers have two ways to win. Spreading bets like this won't make you rich, but it keeps the table lively.

A European Wheel Game

Finding a single-zero European wheel increases your chances: The house edge is only 2.63 percent with the American wheel. A European wheel may be seen at the Bellagio, Mirage, or Caesars Palace. If you can't find one on the floor, it's probably near the baccarat tables in the high-limit area, so ask. Other upscale casinos across the country have the single-zero wheel.

Your chances of winning increase if the casino offers the en prison rule. The en prison rule, sometimes available on the European wheel, reduces the house edge to 1.35 percent. Regulated even-money bets. Say you have a $10 bet on black. If the ball lands on 0, your even-money bet is locked in for one more spin. If the next spin's ball lands on black, the house returns your $10 bet, but you lose. You lose if the ball is red. If the ball lands on zero again, your bet is locked up for another round.