Roulette patterns: Faith in the Unknown

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 15:17

We have seen them all: the players and big winners, such as Christian Kaisan, the German professional. Armed with plenty of cash, and belief in a powerful winning system, they made their way to the dry desert state of Las Vegas. The algorithm behind online roulette games, however, is on a different level – and by that we mean, hard to beat. Having said that, as online casino fans, we believe in the games we play – and there certainly is an advantage in finding a strategy.

To begin with, let’s get the mathematical facts right: When betting on either red or black on a European wheel, a player always has a 48.65 % chance of winning.

This is a fact that players are unaware of at times. Commonly, players who let previous results dictate their choice disregard this. This mode of thinking is called the “gamblers’ fallacy”.

Of course, there is no harm in observing patterns and betting in accord with these observations. Attaching too much importance to observation skills may result in a roulette player assuming that he is 'due a win.' Certainly, managing bet amounts helps. However, observing patterns and making a decision based on the previous result holds no meaning for the new game, or round ahead. Put simply, logic defies this.

For that reason, the best tip for gamblers is research, research, and more research. A player needs to know the odds of a certain game. Aside from this, when it comes to roulette, there are certain patterns which are much more likely from the onset.

A pattern of 8 red-red or black-blacks is much more likely than seeing a different combination. To put it in numbers, the likelihood lies at 70 %. Three red or black numbers in one row come in, on the probability scale, at 50 %.

With these little pointers in mind, it's crucial to research the game's odds. This not only applies to roulette, but also to other games, where the outcome of a game depends on chance. In games, such as poker, where skill is a prerequisite for a successful round, but chance filters into the equation, that research is even more crucial. It informs how a player utilises his skills.