More Schemes Used By Players in the Past to Beat Roulette

In a previous post, we discussed about the methods people use in the past to beat the roulette odds. The first one we mentioned was tampering the fret of the roulette wheel. Here, they are able to tone down the erratic movement of the ball once it was released by the croupier. The other method they use involves the sleight of hand and is called Past Posting. Here, the player manages to post a bet right after the allowed betting time.

Just like the purpose of the two previous methods, this post will talk about more schemes used by players in the past to beat the roulette odds. The kind of roulette game being referred to in here usually happens in a live casino.

Ball Tripping

The ball, whether we’re talking about online or offline roulette, is that one little round thing that determines the winning number in a particular roulette spin. The “pill,” as it is commonly called in the circle, is an object of obsession among those who wish to take control of the result of a spin. They believe that if they can influence as to where the ball lands, then it means that the casino is already done for. Which is why, they come up with the following ball tripping methods:

Finger Trip

To pull off this stunt, a team of two is required – one is the distractor (the bettor) and the other is a visual tracker (the one who trips the ball). The distractor is usually a lady who can easily attracts everyone’s attention. The tracker, meanwhile, sits at close proximity to the roulette wheel, with his hands positioning on the rim. During a game, the latter would signal the bettor to do her part and while the others are distracted, he would then flick a finger over the rim. This would be enough to knock the ball off the track and go into the number or number section of the wheel. Obviously, the two conniving entities have already agreed upon which number or group of numbers to bet on beforehand.

Horsehair Trip

If you think the finger trip scam is already risky enough, wait until you heard about the horsehair trip. This stunt involves the actual modification of the roulette wheel. For those wondering, doing such a thing to the wheel was actually viable in the past because surveillance systems were not as impeccable as what we have today. Even more so, wheels were often left unattended during off-hours.

Basically, the scheme would need the fraudsters to drill holes between the back of the ball track as well as on the outside portion of the bowl. The hole is small but enough for a horsehair to pass through. The hair serves as the “tripping device.” Just as what you can imagine, the scammer would pull on the horsehair to control the outcome of the spin.

Electromagnets

The methods deemed to beat the house gets more creative than ever with the introduction of electromagnets. Apparently, the scheme involving magnets won’t require wheel modifications and tandem performances. However, the schemers would have to swap the pill with a special ball that can attract to the magnet. They did so either by a sleight of hand or by teaming up with the dealer. Once the condition was set, the game can now be rigged.

It’s the women that usually use the electromagnet method by putting them in their handbags or purses. Sometimes, “elderlies” were also involved in the scam thanks to their wheelchairs. These chairs, it turns out, carry high current devices enough to magnetize the ball to their desired number zones.

These days, electromagnets are prohibited inside a casino and any device that produces such an effect can set off an alarm system.

Placing Bets When Playing Roulette: Does the Seat Placement Really Matter?

While others may believe that the only thing that matters most in a roulette game is what the roulette wheel tells, there are also other aspects which may or may not have a direct effect on the success of a roulette gameplay.

People may disregard them as just one of those old wives’ tales, but knowing the right seat to take can affect how you play the game, especially when you’re in a land-based casino.

First off, a player should consider looking for a seat that is comfortable and can accommodate proper body posture. This prevents the body from getting stressed out especially if the game lasts that long. If this is not observed, an aching body will eventually affect how you play the game. For sure, anyone with an aching back won’t be able to focus his attention in the game when he’s suffering from the uneasiness brought by the pain.

After comfort, comes the aspect of strategic positioning. Yes, it does matter and here’s the reason why. If the player wants to reach all the parts of the betting layout, he needs to take that particular seat which serves the purpose.

A busy roulette session

Know that timing is of the essence when playing roulette, even more so when it comes to putting your wagers. Basically, the betting begins once all the bets from the previous round, both winning and losing, were already cleared or paid out by the dealer. Now that the layout is cleared, the croupier will begin receiving the bets. The players approximately have about one minute to make their bets.

Players can still make wagers though even during or while the ball is rolling in the wheel. However, when the ball starts to decelerate or slow down, the dealer will now wave his hand over the table and will say, “no more bets, please.” After which, everything is now being left to lady luck.

Any bets made after this point will be dismissed. There are cases when the player has unknowingly made a past post (a bet placed after the allowed period) and the dealer will just void his bet. The worst thing that could happen here is for the floor manager/supervisor to take further action, like kicking the player out of the establishment.

Again, time is of the essence when placing bets which is why the player needs to gain full access of every single bet made available in the roulette table. To do this, he will have to take that favourable seat.

So what are these “perfect” seats to take?

Depending on the shape of the table and the given situation, these are typically the best seats where all of the betting parts are reachable:

  • Seats at the center of the front of the roulette table
  • The last seat around the backside
  • The last seat next to the dealer

If possible, avoid the seat where the column bets are located.

Now there are times when the crowd can get dense, in this case, the player would be left with no choice but to make do of what’s available.

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Advanced and Uncommon Types of Bet Pros Often Use When Playing Roulette

Almost everyone who starts out playing roulette, both offline and online, would often make the most basic of wagers. Some would take the safe side of the street and bet on outside bets like Odd/Even, Red/Black, and 1-18/19-36. These bets, while they yield low profits, are easy to learn and make when done in real life because players can see them marked on the roulette board. Still, there are those who like to take it to the next level and play with straight-up bets which has the highest payout of 35:1 but has the lowest winning chance of below three percent.

The above-mentioned bets are probably the most commonly made. In this post, we’re going to introduce to you a handful of advanced and uncommon kinds of wager which pros often make and that you can do as well, the next time you play roulette.

Bets with 11:1 Payout

There are two types of roulette bet that has 11:1 payout, and each would cover three numbers at the same time. The first one is called a basket bet. In a European roulette, this involves placing a bet on zero plus two of either 1, 2, or 3. To do this bet, you place your chips at the upper corner of 1 and 2 or 2 and 3. Make sure it also touches the zero. For a clearer illustration, see the image below.

The second type of bet is made on a row of three adjacent numbers which runs horizontally across the roulette board. Called a street bet, the player would only have to place his chips on the outer edge of the three numbers he’s eyeing for. For instance, if he wants to bet on 16-17-18, he will place his chips at the edge of either 16 or 18. Check out the image below for reference.

Mid-Range Bets

There are a lot of numbers covered with mid-range bets. However, unlike the even money bets (outside bets), these wagers do have higher payouts. Moreover, it’s more flexible to make and players have a wider range of choices on how he wants to spread his numbers.

For example, the corner bet. It’s a bet made on four numbers that form a square. The way to do this is to put the chips on the middle corner or the intersection between the four numbers. It pays out 8:1. See the image below.

The next mid-range bet we would like you to know is the six line. It’s pretty much like the street bet, but instead of a single row of adjacent numbers, you have two. Same as with the street bet, you place your chips on the outer edges of the two adjacent street bets. In this case, suppose you want to add another street bet on top of the one you made above, which is 16-17-18, and you want it made on 19-20-21. What you’d do here is to place your wager at the outside corner of 16 and 19. The bet pays out 5:1. See the illustration below.

We’re just barely scraping the list of less common roulette bets often made by pros. If you want to know more and learn how it pays out in a European Roulette or an American version of the game, then follow this link.

Roulette and the Gambler’s Fallacy: Are You A Believer or Not?

Man’s success in evolution is in part, affected by his unique perception towards the phenomenon of cyclical events. Almost all of the things important to our survival happens in such a way that it follows a “predictable” pattern. Take for example our food: hunter-gatherers of the primitive times were able to feed themselves because they were able to know that a specific kind of animal would return in this time of the season; farmers, on the other hand, were able to grow, harvest, and stock crops because they also observed the cycle of the season.

This consequently leads us to believe that things which seems to happen randomly in this world is not really… random.

If we noticed a flock of migrating birds gathering at a lake, we would assume right away that soon, they would all fly out towards north because it’s that time of the year for them to do so.

In the same manner, if we get hundred heads in a coin toss, we would think right away that they “gathered together” and a specific event (a tail, perhaps) would likely to happen next.

This way of thinking is called the Gambler’s Fallacy. This “mistaken belief,” however, has long been debunked by people who like to take things as it is.

For the skeptics of the fallacy, with regards to the coin toss scenario, the hundred heads didn’t just happen for a reason. They simply “occur” and each of the tossing events have no direct connection to the last outcome.

By definition, the gambler’s fallacy is a belief that any random process becomes “less random” and more predictable when they repeatedly happen. This phenomenon happens commonly in gambling, hence the attribution of the name.

A specific example would be in the game of craps. A player, having failed to win in a number of rolls, may feel that the dice are now “due” for a certain number and would likely to come up with a favourable result.

Gambler’s Fallacy and Roulette

Another famous example of a gambling fallacy which happens in roulette was back in August 18, 1913 at the Monte Carlo Casino. According to history, a ball fell in Black for 26 times, consecutively. An extremely rare occurrence, gamblers held the belief that at a certain length of series, a Red would eventually come up. In the end, they lost millions in bets for betting against Black.

This further gave rise to the notion among roulette players that if one lose a number of games in a row, he is bound to make a big win “anytime” soon, which is why he needs to keep on playing.

If you come to think of it, the premise somehow makes sense. It is known for a fact that each spin made in a particular round has completely nothing to do with the previous result or the ones that would come next to it in the future. What if during a series of Reds, you followed your guts to bet on a Black. Since the next spin is an independent event, thus there’s an almost equal chance for Black to occur as with Red.

Should You Believe the Gambler’s Fallacy?

To be successful in roulette, one has to keep in mind that roulette, like any casino game relies purely on chances. Unless done illegally, there is no known device or technique that one could use to affect the outcome.

If you ask us, it is better not to bank on the idea in which you have to pile up on loses so that you will get a big win later. Each spin is its own event. Take it as it is. Bet accordingly. This way, you become more of a cautious and mindful roulette player rather than a gambler who puts faith on some unforeseen forces.

The Best Strategy to Use When Playing Spingo

In this previous post we introduced to you what is Spingo and gave you the reasons if the game is worth your time and effort.

Basically, Spingo is the combination of two favourite casino games: Roulette and Bingo. Designed by Microgaming, this unique game draws inspiration from the spinning action brought by roulette. It has a wheel and numbered slots. Meanwhile, the chutes to where multiple balls come out bears significant semblance to the game of bingo.

Like roulette, Spingo works in such a way that the player predicts the result of each spin. The game, however, uses a total of 21 balls with two each numbered from 1 to 10, plus one ball that has a number zero. The wheel, on the other hand, has 25 coloured slots (8 yellow, 8 red, 8 blue, and 1 green).

For more basic information of the game and how to play it, please refer to this link. As of this particular post, we’re only going to talk about the strategy on how to win.

First off, let’s look at the house advantage on each type of bets you could make when playing Spingo:

Number bet – 4.76%

Colour bet – 4%

Zero numbered bet – 4.76%

Green colour bet – 4%

Colour and number bet – 2.48%

Even/Odd bet – 4.76%

Low/High (1-5/6-10) – 4.76%

Go for Combinations

As you can see, the colour and number bet has the lowest house edge in Spingo. And so, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise when experts of this game recommends making combination bets. For instance, you want to make a bet on the number nine. You could definitely just make a straight up bet.  However, you’re further thinning out the house edge if you bet on each of the three possible results of nine: Red 9, Blue 9, and Yellow 9. Furthermore, the payout of the number and color combination is 31:1, which is the largest in the game. The specific number (1-10), on the other hand, only pays 9 to 1.

Cover as Much as Possible

If you plan to wager with the amount larger than the minimum, it’s best to do it while covering a huge part of the betting layout. For example, if you intend to make a £10 bet on yellow, it would be better if you put instead ten £1 bets on all the yellow numbers. Similarly, this cuts off the house edge significantly while you raise up your odds of winning.

Other Bets

You can always experiment with the type of bets that you can make in Spingo, and it’s quite profitable, to say the least. For instance, instead of betting £3 on the number 6 (which would win £27), why not bet £1 on a Blue 6, Yellow 6, or Red 6. This way, you can make £2 (32:1 payout) more of profit if any of the three bets come out.

As with roulette and any other online casino games, Spingo still relies heavily on luck and there’s no way that a player can influence the outcome of a spin. Even more so that most of Spingo games available to play online is RNG or Random Number Generated.

We still have to see more playing strategies to be made of this game. But to play Spingo still has a lot of potential for excitement and profits to be made like our favourite online roulette.