by Matt Bourie

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Pokies, blackjack, and even poker don’t even come close to the spinning wheel of destiny. Roulette is one of the world’s most popular casino games, and for a good reason. It has been around for hundreds of years and it will stay a bastion of casino games long after you’re gone.

Roulette, while alluring, charming, and outright exciting, isn’t necessarily just pure luck. While it’s all ultimately down to being lucky on the the spin of the wheel, there are some casino gambling tactics and strategies you can use to improve your chances.

In this article, we’ll explore the 38-number spinning wheel of fortune, define some clever tactics people use to make their bucks, and state some ground rules you might want to follow.

A Game of Skill or Chance?

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That is a question that’s almost as ancient as all major casino games. Ultimately, most casino games, including roulette, are games of chance. But just because they’re a game of chance doesn’t mean that no skill can help you get the best bang for your buck.

The way the roulette wheel spins is ultimately down to luck, but the way you bet your money on the table can also involve skill to, at least avoid making bad bets to lower your expected losses. 

Be smart, or lucky, and win money – it’s that simple. But what do you do if you have no idea what you’re doing, but you still want to play roulette? Well, the best strategy for a beginner would be to start with small numbers. We’re all taken back by the glory and grandiose that casinos bring to the table, but don’t get carried away. Start slow and build up from there.

Advanced Roulette Strategies

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If you have prior experience in casinos, this part needs no introduction. You’re well aware that some people are naturally better at playing roulette than others, and that’ due to their lucky stars which allow them their periodic winning streaks. However, some players like to put their trust in systems, and we’ll take a look at four of those techniques below.

Martingale Strategy

Martingale is a strategy that you might have heard about before. It’s the most popular betting strategy globally, and it’s used for everything from pokies to poker, including the roulette wheel. It’s a strategy where you double your money after each loss, so in theory, you get your money back after each win.

Fibonacci Strategy

Fibonacci is a little more complex than the martingale, and it’s increasingly popular in forex, stock, and crypto. In this strategy, you start with one and add the two prior numbers in the row together. While this might sound a bit complicated, it’s quite easy. When visualized, the Fibonacci strategy would look like this:

1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89 – 144 – 233 – 377 – 610 – 987

Labouchère System

Unlike other strategies, the Labouchère system is almost exclusively used in roulette. In this betting system, a person writes down the total amount of money they want to win. Afterward, they write down a list of positive numbers that ultimately amount to the predetermined sum of money. Once all of these are done, you bet accordingly for each cycle.

Paroli System

Unlike the previous two, the Paroli System is quite simple. All you need to do is pay a fixed amount after each spin and double after each win. You stop after three wins and go back to the fixed stake you started with.

These systems can all be fun to try, but be aware that none of them will give you a mathematical advantage over the casino, as there is no roulette system that can achieve that feat. 

There’s Nothing Wrong With Following Your Gut

Follow your gut when playing roulette

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Anyone who has ever been in a real-life casino will tell you that you’ll get a gut feeling when you least expect it. If you miss out on your gut feeling and it turns out to be accurate, you’ll never forgive yourself. There is nothing wrong with trusting your gut – as, after all, there is nothing sweeter than when you’re right.

If your gut fails you, it’s completely fine too. No person can accurately predict how the wheel is going to spin – that’s why it’s called a gut feeling instead of a prediction.

Know When to Quit (Cut Your Losses)

Know when to quit playing so you don't ruin your roulette bankroll

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The most important thing you need to remember about gambling of any kind is to know when to quit. Quitting while you’re ahead is the best way to keep those winnings with you, and if you’ve lost, make sure you’re losing as little as possible.

There is no such thing as beginner’s luck; there are only fools. Make sure you know what you’re doing, never enter a casino with the intent to spend more than you can afford, and make sure to stop if you don’t feel comfortable for any reason at all.

We’ve all heard those millionaire stories of a man that goes to a casino and quintuples his money, but they’re usually tales told by seasoned gamblers. Trust yourself, trust your feelings, and know when it’s time to leave the table.

In Conclusion

Playing roulette is exciting, going to a casino is an experience, and gambling itself is one of the most fun things you can do. The thrill comes from the excitement, which comes from the chance of losing it all or being the king of the world for a night.

Approach this with caution, as there is no tactic, strategy, or way of betting on roulette that will ensure a victory. Nothing in the casino will guarantee anything – it’s just a good way to approach the games themselves. While none of these suggested systems will give you an outright advantage, they will provide you with the some ideas that might make you more successful at the spinning wheel.

Matt Bourie is the editor of the American Casino Guide book. He has been writing about casinos for more than 12 years and he also co-hosts the American Casino Guide YouTube channel which has had more than 37 million views. A new video is released each month that discusses a new casino gambling topic and you subscribe for FREE at at  

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