THE ULTIMATE ROULETTE STRATEGY GUIDE
By Frank Scoblete
WHY I WROTE THIS ROULETTE GUIDE
Travel the world – and I do mean the world – of casinos and you will find roulette games in just about every one of them. Yet, too many roulette books and guides offer information that is limited or uninformed or downright stupid; many advocating betting systems that cannot get the player the edge but worse, many of these systems cripple the player by making him or her bet more than he or she should. I intend to fix that with this roulette guide.
STRUCTURE OF ROLETTE WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS
This roulette guide is divided into 13 chapters, each with sub-chapters and a quiz at the end of each chapter (oh, now don’t complain, think of this guide as the ultimate schooling in roulette). You can take the quizzes or not but if you are going to become the best of the very best possible roulette player give those quizzes a try.
Each chapter will have a quick synopsis in the INDEX of what you are about to read.
My advice, do not skip anything in this roulette guide.
FOR WHOM THIS ROULETTE GUIDE IS INTENDED
You! That’s right, this roulette guide is intended for you whether you have played roulette since you were a child in the schoolyards (has any kid ever played roulette in a schoolyard?) or if you are someone who has never approached the game but wants to give it a whirl.
WHO WROTE THIS ROULETTE GUIDE?
Me! But who is Frank Scoblete? Here is my brief biography (my wife forced me to make it brief):
I have been writing about all aspects of casino playing for over a quarter century (yikes!). I’ve written for over 50 newspapers and magazines. I’ve had 35 books published and I’ve written for and appeared on many television shows on the following networks: The Travel Channel, A&E, The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, TBS, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, CNN, ZKK-TV among others.
I do seminars and talks for various professional and community groups and I have conducted major casino events called Frank Scoblete’s Gamblers’ Jamborees in the United States and Canada. I’ve also been a consultant for many casino companies, movies and television shows.
My latest books are I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps!, I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack! and Confessions of a Wayward Catholic!
If you want to be the best roulette player you can possibly be then you should have a good grasp of where the game came from – even before there was a game! Roulette hinges on one of the oldest beliefs in the world, the power of the circle. It is hard to determine where roulette actually originated and my introduction will not descend into the obscurity of the issue. Take my advice in this Roulette Guide. Read it all. And we start with the circle and the circle’s impact on our lives and how we actually view reality as a kind of circle.
The roulette wheels come in two types, American and European, and each will be discussed in this section. You’ll also learn which of the two wheels is the best one to play and why this is so. We’ll also check out just how the roulette wheel is created which will allow you know which parts do which things.
As a roulette player you should know the ins and out of the game – after all we are risking money on it.
Roulette is a simple game to play as long as the players follow the rules. This section will explain how the game works and what general types of bets can be made. This chapter is the primer for the entire game including the “inside” bets and “ outside proposition” bets; how to buy into a game; the purpose of the scoreboards and why the concept of a Horse’s Ass reflects itself in some workers. I’ll also show you how the numbers around the American and European roulette wheels are ordered in such a way that they do not reflect the betting layout. Then I’ll explain how the casino builds its edge at both the American and European game by using two distinct methods.
Playing roulette looks easy; pick a number or some proposition such as red/black, bet it and then wait to see what happens. That is, of course, the essence of the game. But it is not actually how the game is played.
Roulette has a host of bets and when a game is in progress most of them are being made by the various players. This chapter will explain all the bets in the game; which ones are the best and which ones are the worst.
There have been many attempts to come up with betting systems that can beat roulette. Almost all roulette strategies currently in use are some version of the classic ones in this chapter.
More people play by intuition – meaning they guess – than by any other system. These players are also called Yans because they play the You Are Nuts System (YANS). You probably don’t want to join their club unless you enjoy just throwing bets all over the layout and allowing the house edge to hammer you.
This is the most famous gambling system in the world - for roulette and for just about any type of game. Many people play a Martingale, often thinking they created it, but in reality this method of play has severely hurt those who have played it for any length of time. This section will explain all the details about the traditional Martingale systems, the Straight-Up Martingale and the Grand Martingale. You’ll also learn what we know about the Martingale’s strategy origin.
The most frequently sold roulette system by scammers who claim you can’t lose with it. Henry Labouchere discovered the system and named it after himself. Actually it was created by someone else but Henry didn’t care about that. This is the most famous cancellation betting system strategy and is fun to play. This section will explain how to play it and how not to get (too) hurt by playing it.
This system is often referred to as the Gambler’s Fallacy. It posits that if events are too tilted in one direction --- say heads appearing 80 percent in the first 10 coin tosses --- then tails must hit more to catch up with it since we are dealing with a 50/50 proposition. Even though this sounds reasonable it is not so as I shall explain in this section.
There is a number pattern that seems to exist in all areas of nature including music and the arts. It goes this way: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and 144 and on up. You will note that all the numbers are additions of the two numbers before it. Thus 5 is the combination of 2 and 3. Gamblers now use these numbers as their method of betting strategy. If the player wins he stays at 1 unit but as he loses he begins the climb up the Fibonacci ladder. It can get expensive if luck goes against you.
This strategy is designed to win you money when things are going well for you. It is one of the most popular methods of betting although we now call it a “parley.” Just about every gambler knows what a parley is – and how it can make a good night a great night and a bad night a terrible night. Mr. Paroli, whoever he was, discovered it and applied it to gambling. It’s geared to gaining big wins compared to the systems mentioned before which are geared to protecting you against losses..
Most betting systems and strategies follow those of the traditional ones from the last chapter, yet there are some differences in how they are applied. This chapter will clean up the rest.
This roulette strategy is the equivalent of a YANS and it might even be more wild and crazy than that. It is based upon the assertion that a chaotic betting system can overcome the chaos of randomness. Two wrongs make a right; that kind of thing. Two wrongs don’t make a right and chaos versus chaos is just, well, chaos versus chaos, as you shall see.
The Red and Black Columns Wager will also be explained in this section. There is a unique distribution of colors on two of the three columns. I will show the way to bet them. This is a fun betting sequence.
The casino grinds down your cash so why not attempt to do the same to the casino? Oscar’s Grind is an interesting system of play geared to keeping you in the contest. It is a four-level system designed to keep you in the game for prolonged periods of time.
This chapter takes a look at all of these ideas.
There are two types of roulette games online and these have totally different feels to them:
- The games run by a random number generator (RNG) and
- Real live casinos with real dealers at real wheels and real tables.
Trend-betting is probably the favorite method of betting strategy for most casino players and roulette players love to go with or against the various trends that can happen at the game.
Many players might find themselves alone at the table. How should they play the game without playing fast and (perhaps) getting clobbered? Can you still have your cake and eat it too if you are alone at the table? Yes, if you follow my rules for playing alone. This will take some discipline but you can do it.
This chapter will explain how to use the advantage-play methods in games that are random. Yes, that’s right; you can play as if the game is actually favoring you as long as you don’t believe what you are pretending to believe. That might sound confusing but this section will explain non-advantage advantage play.
And why not try to take advantage of someone who seems to be lucky by using my Mad, Mad, Mad Roulette Strategy? Why not try to share someone else’s luck? It is not against the law. And maybe the lucky player’s luck will rub off on you.
You’ll also see how the patterns of wins and losses tend to be different between the “inside” bets and the “outside proposition” bets. These betting choices will mean different amounts of session stakes despite the fact that the house has the same edge on both types of bets. Money management when you have the edge is different than managing money when you don’t have the edge. It tends to be the reverse. The more you play, the better the chance you will be ahead. But you must have enough money to do this.