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The Devil’s Wheel and other Roulette Myths Debunked

Roulette has been a long-standing favourite with casino goers looking to make a quick buck – however, it’s come a long way since its origins. These days, most choose to play Roulette online, where there are plenty of variations to test the waters. Like many other casino games, there’s a number of myths surrounding Roulette – but fear not, in this post, we will look to debunk them.

Myth: Roulette is the devil’s game

French mathematician Blaise Pascal was the brain behind Roulette, but totally unintentionally. He was creating a perpetual motion machine, and ‘accidently’ invented the Roulette wheel. Many believe he was inspired by the devil, and designed the wheel in such a way that all the numbers add up to 666. Whether you play European Roulette, or the American version with its extra pocket, the Roulette wheel numbers 1-36 when added together do in fact total 666 – but there’s no evidence to suggest why this is the case. It’s nothing more than mere coincidence.

Myth: All Roulette is equal

There have always been different versions of Roulette and they have never been equal. There was a time that American Roulette could only be played that side of the Atlantic, while European Roulette was played in casinos in Europe and Asia. Playing online Roulette, you’ll be exposed to all variations of Roulette, and other innovative games with further twists. The house edge in European Roulette is more favourable to the player at 2.7%, while American Roulette is less favourable at 5.26%. French Roulette changes things further, as while it’s played on a European wheel, there are different rules in place which are beneficial to the player. It’s best to read any rules and understand the variation before you start.

Myth: You should always stick to the same kind of bet

Many players believe if they’re on a winning streak by sticking to the same kind of bet, or wagering on their favourite/lucky numbers, there’s no point changing their strategy. But Roulette offers a variety of betting options, all with different odds and pay-outs. While it’s easy to stick to a pattern if you’re winning, or keeping with a lucky number may eventually come good, changing your bet or strategy won’t affect the outcome. But talking of strategy…

Myth: You need a strategy to win

Some casino games require a strategy – Blackjack and Poker are a couple of examples where strategy can influence decisions. However, Roulette is not one of them. Some players believe in hot and cold numbers – that is the numbers that land frequently or the ones that don’t land at all – and base their strategy around this. Ultimately, Roulette is a game of a chance and there’s no sure-fire way of winning, so strategies will never help you win, especially in the long run – but they could be used as a good indication to your style of play.

Myth: Cover the table and you’ll win

There are so many Roulette strategies out there and one of them is named after secret agent James Bond. The strategy is simple and is based upon proportions – so splitting your money across certain parts of the table. You can increase or decrease the wager depending on bank roll, but always ensure that the proportions stay the same. Using £20 as an example, place £14 on high numbers (19-36), £5 on a block of six (13-18) and £1 on 0 as an insurance. Of course, if the wins come in, you’ll be in luck. But if the Roulette wheel lands on any number 1-12, your bet is lost, so in the long run, consecutive losses will ruin your bankroll.

Whatever variation of Roulette you choose to play, and whatever your bankroll or strategy, you’re bound to win and lose and that’s all part of the thrill. At the end of the day, it’s a game of chance.