An Introduction to Roulette
Not only is roulette a visual delight, it’s also one of the simplest games in the casino. There’s no actual skill involved, although people do try to use “progression betting” strategies to stay ahead of the game. I first learned about the Fibonacci sequence when I started working as a blackjack dealer:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…
After you get past the two ones, each number is the sum of the preceding two numbers. This series comes up all the time in math, and there’s a betting system based on it for roulette, appropriately called the Fibonacci system (aka the Whittaker). Start by placing one unit on an even-money bet, like Red; if you win, start over. If you lose, bet the next number in the series. Keep moving ahead in the series until you win, then move two steps back and keep betting. You’ll either return to 1 and be profitable, or you’ll go broke trying.
The Freedom Wheel
The Fibonacci system won’t change your odds of winning at roulette, but there’s at least one thing you can do to improve your chances: Look for the “French” wheel with the single zero. Every roulette wheel has the numbers 1-36, half of them red, the other half black. Then there’s the green zero (0), and on “American” wheels, the green double zero (00). Your odds of winning an even-money bet on the French wheel are 19/18; adding the Double Zero lowers your odds to 20/18.
There are plenty of other bets on the roulette wheel, too, and each of them has the same house edge, so there’s no need to limit yourself to Black or Red. If you really want to impress your friends, play the tiers du cylindre or any of the other “French” bets. Just make sure you can properly pronounce it first.