European Roulette Strategy

European Roulette Strategy

European roulette, also called French roulette, is the original version of the game. The word roulette means 'little wheel' in French.

How to play European roulette

In European roulette, the wheel has pockets for the numbers from 0 to 36. 0 is green in colour, and after that, between 1 and 10, odd numbers are in red and even numbers are black. This holds as well for the numbers between 19 and 28. For numbers between 11 and 18, the reverse is true, that is to say odd numbers are black and even numbers are red. For the final set of numbers, 29 to 36, they too have the odd numbers in black and the even numbers in red.

You can bet on red or black, on even or odd, or by number ranges. If you placed £1 on every number from 0 to 36, you would spend £37 in total, but get back only £36 - there being 37 numbers to bet on, the spend is pretty much clear, but the win ratio is only 1:35, meaning the £1 bet on the winning number nets you £35, yielding you £36 in total.

So why is the win ratio only 1:35, or rather, why are only 36 numbers are taken into account when calculating the winnings? This is to give the 'house' an advantage, or in other words, having only red and black, without the green zero makes it unprofitable for any casino to continue offering roulette. Since the chances of a single number losing are 36 out of 37 and its chances of winning are 1 in 37, but the payout is only 35 times the bet, the house advantage has been numerically calculated to be 2.70 percent.

In fact, the house advantage used to be greater, with some casinos having offered only win ratios of 1:27 earlier, but they are now mandated by law to offer a 1:35 win ratio.

Now that you have an understanding of how European roulette works, let us see how you can play the game to your gain.

Winning the game

The simplest roulette strategy is to place your bet on red or black. While this gives you only a 1:1 return on your bet, it has also has the greatest chances of success. But then again, it also has 50 percent chance of loss, so how do you make money. The Martingale Strategy may help - it simply required you to pick a colour and if you lose, put double the amount of money on the same colour the next time the wheel is spun.

So if you place £5 on red, and the ball lands on black or green, you have lost £5, but don't worry, put down £10 on red again. If red is the winner, you will by now have invested £15 in total (£5 in the first attempt + £10 in the second attempt), but you be taking away £20, making you richer by £5. If it didn't land on red, keep at it. There is absolutely no way the ball can avoid falling into a red pocket forever, and when it does, you make money. The drawback is that you might require a good amount of money to keep on playing with this European roulette strategy, so it is recommended that you place the minimum bets possible. It also helps work around any maximum bet limits, should it come to that while following the Martingale Strategy.

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