If you’ve ever played roulette, be it online roulette or in a real “bricks and mortar” casino, or perhaps even just spoken to people about this brilliant casino game, the chances are you’ve come across one or more of the following roulette ideas or tails. However, much as there may appear to be some logic, reason or truth in them, they are without a doubt roulette “myths” or certainly at the very least either bad strategies or just simply not true.
Roulette Myth 1: You can’t lose with the Martingale System
The Martingale System has been around hundreds of years and has been disproved countless times and yet many a roulette novice believes they have stumbled across the Holy Grail: a foolproof way to beat the house.
Martingale involves betting on even money wagers and doubling your stake if you lose, the theory being that whenever you do eventually win you’ll land an overall profit of one unit.
However, unless you have a bank account that replenishes itself, a casino with no limits on even money roulette wagers and all the time in the world, the Martingale System is a loser.
You may have a number of small wins but sooner than you think the profits from those, along with your entire bank, will be obliterated by a long run of losses caused by a seemingly impossible but statistically entirely normal sequence of outcomes.
Roulette Myth 2: The wheel has a memory
Many players change their bets according to previous spins, believing that the wheel in some way has a “memory”. Even intelligent people can be fooled into thinking that if six reds come up in a row, the next spin is more likely to be a black. It isn’t. No matter what has happened in previous spins, the odds on any given outcome remain what they always were and always will be.
Roulette Myth 3: It’s a fix!
Roulette isn’t fixed. Obviously we can’t say that with 100% certainty about every single game of roulette ever played in dodgy casinos in backstreets all over the world but in reality a run of “impossible” outcomes is far more likely than the casino rigging the wheel. That applies whether you are playing online roulette or offline.
If you bet red 16 times in a row and black comes up 16 times in a row or you bet on every number apart from zero and zero comes up 5 times on the bounce, this doesn’t prove anything. If it does, all it proves is that you know less about math and statistics and probability than you should!