It may appear mundane to first look at what roulette actually is, but it is necessary. Most players subconsciously consider roulette to be the table. i.e. they place bets based on what they see on the table, but the table has nothing to do with the winning number. The winning number is determined by the wheel and ball.
Many players refer to Einstein having said it is impossible to beat roulette. His exact comment was “You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.”
Note he said the word TABLE, NOT WHEEL. And he was right, because:
- The table is a deliberately scattered representation of the wheel to make bets represent scattered areas of the wheel.
- The table and payouts combined mean that even when you win, you are awarded UNFAIR PAYOUTS.
Now let’s look at each of these points closely . . .
If you’re familiar with the layout of the European (single 0) wheel, you’d know numbers 32 and 0 are next to each other on the wheel, but on the table they’re at complete opposite sides. Numbers that are close to 0 on the actual wheel include 32,26,15,3,19. So the relationship between the table and wheel is deliberately randomized. If the wheel had numbers in sequential order such as 0,1,2,3,4 etc. then players would be more inclined to look at roulette for what it really is, and therefore develop strategies that at least have a chance of winning. And casinos don’t want that.