A Roulette Thing To Try

April 29, 2007 · Posted in Tutorials 

Unlike craps or blackjack, roulette is more of a “spectator sport“. Your only involvement in game play is placing your bet (chips) on the layout. The dealer does all the work. Note that due to it’s French origins, a roulette dealer is called a croupier (pronounced croop-ee-ay). Also unlike blackjack, you can still play if there are no open seats at the table. You’ll just have to reach in between two seated players to place your bets.

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Every roulette table has a lighted board that shows which number came up on the most recent rolls. What does this board really tell you? Absolutely nothing. The “law of independent trials” dictates that each roulette play is completely random and has nothing to do with any previous plays. Just because red came up the previous six times doesn’t mean black is “due” to come up. Red has as much chance of coming up on the next play as it did the previous six plays. The wheel has no memory. Those lighted boards are their for the casinos advantage, not yours. Why? Because people don’t know about the law of independent trials and if they see one color come up several times in a row most of them will bet the opposite color, and lose. The casinos put those boards up because they win more when players pay attention to them. In short, ignore the lighted boards.

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