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# Roulette

There are a number of roulette myths that exist about the game of roulette and some of them are widely believed, even though they may be entirely false.

## All Roulette Wheels are Identical

This is most definitely false. The wheels in American roulette and European roulette differ by the amount of numbers they have. In American roulette there is a 00 slot, as well as the 0 and so your chances of winning are decreased from 1 out of 37 to 1 out of 38.

## There is a Secret Bet with a 50-50 Chance of Winning

You are always able to bet on 50% of the numbers on the roulette table. There is nothing secret about this bet – you can cover the numbers any way you choose. You can decide to bet on half of the numbers individually or you can place a column bet and bet on seven numbers individually or any other number of combinations. Keep in mind that, on average, you will win less than you will lose.
That is – if you place \$1 on 19 spots, it will cost you \$19. If you win, you will be paid out \$35. Subtract \$18 for the spots that you lost on and you will be left with \$17. However, if you lost on your bet, you will lose \$19.

## You can Trick the Casino with Offsetting Bets

If you and a friend pretend to be strangers and play at the same table, always placing offsetting bets, you will not win more. The idea behind this myth is that if you bet \$10 on odds and your friend bets \$15 on evens, you are betting \$25 in total, but only risking \$5. The truth is that the house will win the same amount of money regardless and while you may win, you will increase your risk and therefore pay more for it.

## Let the Cycle Mature and Bet on a Number that Hasn't Come Up

Roulette is a completely random game. This means that past spins have no relevance to future spins. There is the same probability of a specific number coming up regardless of it has hit in the past or not. It is possible that if a wheel is biased (that is, it is off-kilter) it may tend towards a specific number. However, wheels are regularly checked and re-calibrated and the chances of finding a wheel that is biased enough to make a big difference to your winning, is slim.

## You can Beat Roulette with Mathematics

This leads on from the previous myth about predictability. As past spins have no relevance to future spins, there can be no mathematical data to analyze in order to work out a system. Roulette is purely random.

## Roulette Money Management Systems

Roulette money management systems cannot affect the house edge. Regardless of the system that you put into place, the house will have the same edge over the player. However, while money management systems may not be able to ensure that you win, they should reduce your chances of losing.

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