The Fabulous Four Roulette Strategy

Let’s talk today about another method that my wife loves playing (yes… she’s a roulette freak too!). You’ll probably either love it… or hate it, depending on whether you’re winning or losing.

It’s simple and easy to learn and can be a consistent winner, but it does require a session bankroll of around $200 or more, depending on the minimum chip value of the table you play.

I’ll present it here as I learnt it, then I’ll elaborate and tell you how I adapted it to be a more consistent winner.

As you know (or should!) the roulette table layout bears no resemblance to the layout of the wheel. It’s the roulette wheel layout we are interested in for this method.

For this method, we choose 4 numbers on the wheel that are side by side. Numbers 13,14,15,16 might be together on the table, but they certainly aren’t on the wheel! It’s amazing how many times you hear the comment; “Just missed by one!” from someone who has their chips on 16 when 17 comes up!

Referring again to the wheel layout, let’s pick 4 numbers. It doesn’t matter which 4 you choose, so for the purpose of this exercise, let’s choose 14, 31, 9, 22. Of course, as always, we are working with the European (single zero) wheel. ALWAYS seek out the single zero wheel.

The staking sequence goes like this:-

1 Chip on each for 6 spins

2 Chips on each for 5 spins

3 Chips on each for 4 spins

4 Chips on each for 3 spins

5 Chips on each for 2 spins

TOTAL – 20 Games – 200 Chips

To illustrate, I’ve downloaded an online casino software package and fired up their ‘Play for Fun’ European Wheel. Always play the European wheel. I’ve put 1 chip on 14,31,9,22. I’m using $10 chips. (Easy when it’s Play Money!) Six spins with 1 chip on each.

First spin number 16 – a loss

Second spin number 1 – a loss

Third spin number 32 – a loss

Fourth spin number 31 – a win

$160 out – $360 back – Won $200

Now I can tell you bluntly, that it doesn’t always go that easy. The guy I learnt this method from, recommends that when you have a win, that you double the amount of chips for another spin, hoping of course, for a repeat or a spin in the neighbourhood. Then, if that won, to double up once more! But if the first double-up didn’t win, revert back to the original one chip for 6 spins, re-starting the whole sequence.

I don’t know about you, but that’s just a little too deadly for my blood. Anyone that knows me, knows I prefer to take little drinks from the well… regularly. So I would have stopped with the $200 win and restarted… with different numbers. That’s how I play… conservatively. Maybe that’s why I’ve been successful for the past 25 years or so!

Now what my wife actually does, is watch several spins to get a ‘feel for the wheel’. With experience, you can pick up on what the dealer is doing. She will look for a repeating spin in a certain area and then choose 4 numbers in that area. Hit – win – rinse and repeat.

Alternatively, you can ‘cover’ a larger area of the wheel, by leaving one number out. For example, bet 14, 31, leave 9 out and bet 22, 18.

Another alternative I’ve seen is bet every second number… like 14, 9, 18, 7. That leaves a few gaps though.

As always, never bet with real money until you have practised and practised. Then never bet with money you can’t afford to lose.

21St Century Roulette – A New Way to Play, the Digital Way

The most popular roulette table game in today’s casinos is played at a table with a house dealer, a wheel with 38 pockets, 18 red, 18 black and 2 green colors containing the numbers zero and double zero. A single zero wheel also exists and is popular in European Casinos. The table has a felt betting layout with numbers and colors corresponding to the wheel.

Let us first consider how the casino advantage (house edge) is calculated. The popular double zero wheel has 38 numbered positions that include:

0, 00 and 1 through 36. The payout for a single number win is 35 to 1. Assume there are 38 $1.00 chip bets on all the numbers. The casino will collect 37 losing wagers and pay the winner 35 chips. The casino retains a $2.00 profit, therefore 2/38 = 5.26%.

Basic Table Roulette

Here are the bet(s) combinations that players can make at the basic table:

a) Straight Up – Chip(s) placed on a single number. Example: # 17. A winning payout is 35 to 1.

b) Split Bet – a Two number bet vertical or horizontal. Example: Chip(s) placed on the line between the 5 & 8. Pays 17 to 1 if either of the two numbers win.

c) Street Bet – A bet on three consecutive numbers. Example: Chip(s) placed on the line of a bottom row number such as 19, will cover 19 -21. Payout is 11 to 1 for the win.

d) Corner Bet – A bet on four numbers. Example: Chip(s) placed at the corner intersection of 25, 26, 28 & 29. Winning payout is 8 to 1.

e) Line Bet – A six consecutive number bet. Example: chip(s) placed on a line between two numbers at the bottom such as 31 & 34 will cover 31 – 36, the payout is 5 to 1 for the win.

The above examples are known as Inside Bets. There are other betting options on the felt called Outside Bets with more desirable odds but less desirable payouts. They are:

Column Bet – Betting on twelve numbers in a column such as 1 – 34. Winning payout is 2 to 1.

Dozens Bet – Betting on the first twelve, second twelve or third twelve. Winning payout is 2 to 1.

Red or Black – A bet on either color. A winning payout is even money at 1 to 1.

Odd or Even – A win also pays even money.

1-18 or 19-36 – Pays even money for the win.

21st Century Roulette

Enter the 21st Century and technology has added some competition with virtual reality. Three variations are currently available:

Rapid Roulette

Electronic Roulette

Video Roulette

Rapid Roulette

The Rapid Roulette pit has a live dealer and wheel surrounded by twelve player stations, each with a video screen containing a virtual table. Players have the option of selecting their own virtual chip denomination and can change their value any time. Increment amounts are: $.50; $1.00; $2.00; $5.00; $25.00 and $100. The minimum bet is five dollars. All buy in’s and cash outs are handled by the dealer. Once you purchase your credits, select your chip amount. When the screen displays “place your bets” you will have exactly 40 seconds to “touch screen” your wages on to the virtual table. If you make an error you can clear and reset or drag the chip(s) into the desired position with your finger. The dealer then spins the ball. All wins and losses are resolved instantly on the credit meter.

An interesting feature is the “neighbors” bet. For instance, if you bet #8, press the neighbors tab and the two numbers on each side of the #8 on the wheel will be bet for you. Your bet will cover #8, 12, 19, 29, and 31. Winning payouts are the same as table roulette.

Electronic Roulette

The Electronic Roulette cell has eight player stations with video screens containing wagering options similar to Rapid Roulette. The minimum bet is two dollars. Virtual chip values are: $1.00, $5.00, $20.00, $50.00, $100. Each unit has a bill acceptor for credit purchases and a slot for your player’s card.

In the center, is a real wheel, which is continuously rotating. Once the “place your bets” single appears on the screen, the players have exactly 50 seconds to make their wagers by touch screen. When time expires, a small ball is catapulted onto the wheel. After the ball lands on a number, credits are automatically added or deducted from all player stations. A cash out button will deliver the ticket when players are ready to move on.

Video Roulette

This option has a virtual display of the wheel and table, in a unit similar to a slot machine. You may wager for as little as five cents and play at your own pace. Various amounts can be incrementally increased up to ten times by touching the screen to wager and then pressing spin when ready. Although this seems convenient, you pay a price for the benefit. All winning payout amounts are reduced. For example, if you play at the twenty-five-cent level, the winning payout is 34 for 1 instead of the traditional 35 to 1. This return doubles the house edge to 10.53 %. Playing at the five or ten cent level, the payout is 32 for 1. The house edge is now 15.8%. This is the price you pay for betting small and slow.

Good Luck with whatever game you choose!