Being the face of the casino industry for over two centuries, the traditional game of roulette has been linked to a number of myths. We shall dedicate some time to discussing the most popular ones among them.
Myth: Roulette is a game of randomness
Roulette has always been considered as a random game by the casual player, however, that is not the case. There has been an expert opinion that roulette is, in fact, a semi-random game.
History has shown that in countless cases players have managed to gain the upper hand over the house. In the past the majority of winners at roulette took advantage of the number biases, which roulette wheels tended to have, as we discussed earlier in the guide. Continuous use over the years will undeniably lead to the occurrence of a certain bias and the unusual results, caused by this bias should not come as a surprise.
Eventually, casinos will discover the bias and take certain measures in order to safeguard their advantage over players, dealers may be changed on a regular basis; roulette wheels may be inspected and moved around quite too often; different types of roulette balls may be used, and last but not least, a number of winners may have restricted or even no access to roulette tables at some casinos.
Other people who supported the idea of wheel randomness are probably those trying to come up with a particular mathematical approach to the game. Because there is no perfect betting system (all systems tend to fail in the long term), the game of roulette may seem to be random. We again underscore, that it is not!
Myth: Roulette wheels perform in one and the same way
Many players tend to believe that roulette wheels have one and the same performance, however, that is quite far from reality. Even if precisely the same model is manufactured by the same person and on the same day, it is very likely that the wheel will perform in a different way. This may remain hidden to casual players, but professionals will surely notice it.
Some wheels may have quite an exploitable bias, while others may have a less playable one, thus, they will never be identical. The fact we have a term, such as ”wheel signature”, which suggests how widespread such a phenomenon is. Let us not forget that it is the professional player’s specialty to recognize unique features of roulette wheels.
Myth: Roulette is the devil’s game
Some people believe that the roulette wheel has been designed in a way, so that all the numbers on it produce a total of 666 for a reason. It has been widely speculated that 666 is the number of the beast and therefore, roulette is the devil’s game. There have even been opinions that the American roulette wheel features an additional (double zero) in order to avoid such a total result. Since there is no evidence either for the reason why all numbers add up to 666 or that 666 is the devil’s number, we can classify the statement above as being nothing more than a myth.
Myth: Dealers are not able to deal sections of numbers on the wheel
This is definitely a myth. Some experienced roulette dealers claim to do that on a daily basis. Let us note that if a bias as well as other factors that affect roulette play are taken into account, dealing a particular section of numbers is far from impossible. It all depends on the dealer’s signature. Beginner players should not be concerned about that, because to deal particular number sections is not a commonly found skill. In case a dealer claims to do that every time, then he/she is probably be stretching the truth.
Myth: One is able to overcome roulette by using bet staking systems
There are people who consider this not just as a myth, but a joke. It has been a few decades since stake betting systems were mistrusted. What is more, they are considered to be the least effective method to approach roulette. Stake betting systems were sold for a price in the past, but at present, one can find and use them free of charge. These systems are created only to lose after a running streak of wins, while once such an outcome occurs it is a sharp and huge loss.
Many players will probably find such a system very appealing at first, winning one unit at a time, until, eventually, they lose a lot more. One should try to flip a coin in order to gain a better understanding of how valuable bet staking is.
Myth: The outcome of the prior wheel spin can be used to project the outcome of the next spin
Many players tend to believe this statement is a myth. If one gathers the winning numbers on the past 1,000 spins, he/she will probably get an idea if a particular number is biased.
In addition, if one is using visual tracking techniques, what happened during prior spins can be used to indicate what may occur next. However, in visual tracking it is not the numbers that are relevant, but the conditions which influence the roulette ball. In case the latter bounces repetitively, it is only due to the external conditions and because it occurred on the preceding spin of the wheel.