Roulette can offer great fun, entertainment and profitability for people worldwide, in both its online and offline forms. However, for some players, maintaining a good bankroll at the table can be a tricky proposition at best. With so many different options to choose from, it is sometimes hard to decide which move is best to make and when it is the right time to make a move.
If you’re looking at improving your roulette odds, the best possible move you can make is to always stick to the “outside” bets – that is, the red, black, odd, even, high, low, dozens (1-12, 13-24 and 25-36) and the columns at the end. These can offer you up to a 94.74% return on investment over time on an American table, or even up to a 97.7% return at a European or French table. This means that, with steady game play, you can count on seeing regular returns over time. They may not be as big and flashy as a straight up bet on one number that pays out 35:1 (as a play on a red, black, odd, even, high or low only pays out an even money 1:1 while a column or dozens bet pays out 2:1,) but the chances of you actually winning a straight up bet at any time are a mere 2.63% in American roulette and a marginally better 2.7% in European and French versions of the game.
So what does this mean to you? By sticking to the outside edges, you can increase your odds of winning substantially and help keep yourself in the game for a longer period of time. It also helps to diversify your bets over a number of areas to maximize your chance of seeing some return on each spin of the wheel. For example, placing even money on red, odd, highs, middle dozens and center column gives you an 83-84% chance to see some return on your money each spin, with a chance of a major win every now and then. (23 offers the highest payout, given the regional overlays.) While it is true that this will not land you much money, it will help guarantee some returns almost every spin, which will ensure that you can stay in the game and potentially hit it big every so often when the ball lands in a region you have heavily covered.
Finally, remember to start small and only go up once you have successfully realized some profit on the game, and don’t forget to pull out your earnings from time to time or risk losing it all just as soon as you earn it. It is all too easy to get caught up in roulette and end up wagering more than you can afford at a given time. However, this will always work against you in both the short AND long run, as you find your bankroll going down more and more rather than walking away happy with a fat account. Mind the winnings, get out while you are ahead, and come back for more another day.