ANOTHER MISTAKE TO AVOID
If you have ever visited a Casino then no doubt you have seen people keeping notes of what numbers have come up in previous games. This is very common and encouraged by Casinos often with a free supply of pre-printed cards and pens to help you with the process. In online casinos a large list of all the previous numbers are usually there for you to see the sequence they came out.
The theory is that because there is an equal chance of each number dropping in, and because the law of chance dictates that numbers will always average out in the long run, then surely if a number has not dropped in for a high number of spins it must be due any time now. So you keep betting on that number because it must – by the law of averages – be a winner very soon.
The only trouble is that there is no truth in this theory what-so-ever! My advice is completely forget this idea because it has no bearing on reality. I don’t care if a number has not dropped in for 10,000 spins, this does not mean that it has any more chance, or is any more likely to be the next winner than any other number for the forthcoming game or games.
Of course the odds of that number not being a winner for 10,000 spins are astronomical, true, but it is the odds at the beginning of the 10,000 spins when it is unlikely, not after the event. Once it has happened there is exactly a 36-1 against chance of it landing in that number for the next spin.
What has happened in the past has no influence on what will happen in the future. Remember this fact the next time you see someone betting on a certain number, or a color etc., because that particular bet has not won for a while. It may or may not win, if it feels like a good idea and you’re prepared to take the risk then go for it by all means. But whether it wins or loses is down to luck and not down to the fact that it was due to win.
PLAYING WISE – PROFIT AND LOSS RATIO
As a rule of thumb, expect to lose the value of your average stake per bet over 37 games. For example, if you are placing five dollars on the table each spin, then after 37 spins, if the odds are running exact, you will be five dollars in loss. Of course, it is unlikely that the odds will be exact, but it gives you a rough idea of what the odds are against you. Put simply, for every $37 you bet, if it runs exactly to the odds, you will end up with $36. This is why the Casino always has a slight advantage. The more you are betting the more you must expect to lose over a certain period. So what do we do?
If you want to win money you’ll have to drag yourself off the table when you’re in a reasonable amount of profit. This is the hardest time to walk away because you’re feeling great, you’re winning money and you want to win more – it doesn’t works like that. Although you could win more, there is always that slightly more chance (as described above) that you will lose. Then you will be chasing your previous winnings again, but wishing you had quit while you were ahead.
In reality what will happen is that the money you begin with will rise and fall slightly, with the pull being a little more in the favor of a fall. Of course it can shoot one way or the other quickly and without warning but this is the nature of the beast. Most of the time however you should find a slow and steady sway between profit and loss.
Set a pre-determined win or loss cut-off point, and finish that session when you reach it. Place a bet that is, say, 5% of the total amount you are prepared to lose on red or black. Whether you win or lose keep placing the same bet until you either win half what you started with, or lose the whole lot. I like playing on the colors/high-low/odds-evens because it cuts the banks slight advantage further due to you only losing half your stake when zero drops in.
Here’s a good system: Notice that the table is split into three length-way rows (i.e. 1-34, 2-35, and 3-36). The row with the numbers 3-36 has eight red numbers and only four black numbers. We can use this fact to our advantage. Place one chip on red and two chips on row 1-36 and two chips on row 2-35.
Now, most of the time you will win but if the ball sways in favor of the row 3-36 the odds are in our favor it will keep landing on red so our losses are less than they would have been. However because it will more than likely sway in favor of one of the three rows over a given period, we don’t have to be too lucky to have picked the right one as we have covered two out of three (also, hopefully, it will keep landing in red too).
Because you should win small amounts most of the time (with bigger losses less often), you may like to try raising your stake slightly on a loss. Simply raise your bet on a loss and lower your bet on a win. This helps to cancel out losses and partly safeguards wins. (NEVER keep doubling up even if you can afford it as this is definitely a recipe for losing a fortune sooner or later.) Stick with this system until you either lose your pre-determined amount (e.g. say twenty dollars if you are prepared to lose this much), or win half of it (e.g. ten dollars).
Base your strategy on a longer term plan. I hope you won’t start off in an unlucky fashion but if you do, please don’t dismiss the above strategies because there really is no better way of winning more than you lose. But remember you are still GAMBLING and as such you are always putting yourself in a situation where you could lose your money in the hope of winning some.
Many online Casinos offer introductory bonuses to get you to start an online account. A typical introductory offer is to double your initial deposit (even if it’s not advertised on their website many will offer you a big bonus shortly after downloading their software, just wait a few days without making a deposit).
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