Can Math Help You Beat The House At Roulette

    Anyone will tell you that when it comes to roulette, the only way to win is to refrain from playing. According to a new study, however, that is not true. Apparently, researchers have found a way to beat the house. Monitoring the motion of the roulette wheel and the ball, researchers have come up with an ingenuous equation which calculates the final position of the ball. Later, they commented that beating the odds is possible, even if it is for a short period.

    As you know, most operators do not embrace computer simulations or precise measurements with enthusiasm, so researchers designed a simpler method to predict the outcome of a roulette game – one that can be used without the knowledge of the house. So, using he ball’s velocity, researchers have come up with a formula, which apparently can surpass the casino edge in 59 per cent of all cases. Bets placed with the use of their formula has a 18 percent return on investment. In comparison, there is a -2.7 per cent return in regular roulette gambling, where players dot not rely on a mathematical strategy to win.

    Nevertheless, given the fact that the house has an edge, no roulette strategy—be it a mathematical, a betting one, etc.—can erase the house edge. And that is why the house always wins.

    As you know, there are two types of roulette game at – European and American roulette. Naturally, the mathematical tricks you can use to enhance your winning chances are not universal, i.e., they are not the same in different roulette games. Below, we will focus on the mathematics of American and European roulette. But first, let us explain the design of the roulette wheel.

    Design of the Roulette Wheel

    As you might already know, the design of the roulette wheel is not random. Rather, it is the result of careful planning, and has certain properties as well. Oddly enough, European and American roulette games do not use one and the same wheel.

    What differentiates an American roulette wheel from an European roulette wheel is that the American wheel feature two zero pockets. Naturally, the additional zero increases the house edge and “thanks” to that additional zero, you lose about 5.20 per cent of your investment when you play American roulette. On the other hand, if you play European roulette, you are expected to lose only 2.7 per cent of your investment. Without a strategy, that is.

    Another thing that differentiated American roulette wheels from European roulette wheels is number arrangement. Nevertheless, the way numbers are arranged is based on similar patterns. According to one pattern, low numbers (1 to 18) and high numbers (19 to 36) must be altered as much as possible.

    European wheels violate this rule only in the sector where 5 and 10 are placed next to one another. American wheels violate this rule more often and that is why American roulette is considered more disproportioned than European roulette.

    Mathematics of the Roulette Game

    As mentioned above, American roulette wheels have two green zero sections (0 and 00), as well as 36 red and black pockets. To calculate the probability of landing the ball on a red section, you must divide the number of red pockets to the total number of pockets. So, American roulette has a 47 per cent chance of landing the ball on a red section.

    The absence of an additional zero increases the winning chance of players in European roulette. The ball rolling on an European roulette wheel has a 48 per cent chance to land on a red or black section. Of course, since it is very likely for the ball to end on a red or black section, the red or black bet option pays out 1:1.

    If you want to score a big win, you should place bets with little odds, as those have bigger payouts.

    Is It Really Possible To Win?

    Of course, you can win big if you use the right mathematical strategy. But finding the right strategy is not so easy. Some math strategies are too complicated to be employed in everyday situations, others are  not so complicated.

    Another thing is, even if it seems that the strategy you use eliminates the house edge, it always has the final word in the long run. Lets say that the ball has an equal chance of landing in any of the pockets on the roulette wheel – regardless whether it is European or American. Even in this case, the house will always end up the big winner.

    To wrap it up, remember that some mathematical tricks can greatly improve your winning chances. Nevertheless, calculating where the ball would end always takes time and effort, which takes the fun out of the game.


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