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Sunday, February 20, 2011

How to gamble and win in Roulette (Casino)?

This strategy is something that I'd heard off before but remembered again when my brother suggested that I try this just before we were heading out to Malaysia. Just an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur is Genting Highlands – the Casino Capital of Malaysia and possibly the only place in the country where betting is allowed (incidentally Malay Muslims are not allowed to gamble there since it is against their religion). While I was relatively successful at this, an obvious warning is to try this at your own risk and with capital that you are ok with losing. J e.g. Don’t gamble away your return ticket money because you feel you are going to strike it rich in the next roll of the die.

What is Roulette
A game where the ball rolls and falls on a coloured (red/black) number (0-36) and people bet on which number/colour is going to come next. You can bet on a individual number, a series of numbers (1-12, 13-24, 25-36, 1-18, 19-36) or a colour (red/white) or even odd/even or even the first (1,4,7 and so on) second (2,5,8, etc) or third (3,6,9, etc) column of numbers.

The strategy is quite simple.
1.       Pick a fair machine (The odds are shown on the screen and if the table has around 50% odds of black/white and a 50% odds of odd/even), you are good. Atleast my hunch on this was, the Casino is possibly not doing any manipulations on this table. I’ve heard of casinos where there are magnets placed below certain numbers electronically so that certain numbers come up.
2.       You place the smallest bet on an odds that you think has a good chance. For this example, say you bet on Red. You place 1$ on Red.
3.       Check the results of the bet
a.       If you win, which starts a new series. Go back to Step 2.
b.      If you lose, you double your bet on the same call (Red). Go back to Step 3.

4.       The only downside is that your losses can start going up exponentially (e.g. In our second visit to the Casino, we were 400Ringgit Up just 20 mins before our bus was supposed to leave and in around 5 rounds when there were effectively 10 Reds on the Trot, we ended up losing around 300Ringgit = 4500Rs).

5.       If you want to take it slower and play it safer, you can bet in the following series
a.       Place the min bet (say X). Let the total amount so far that has been bet (Y) = X.
b.      Let the incremental amount that you bet (smallest unit of currency) be equal to Z
c.       If you lose, the next bet will be Y+Z and Y is updated to 2Y+Z
6.       E.g. Let min bet be 20Ringgit and the smallest unit of currency/coin available be 5 Ringitt.
a.       Bet X=Y=20
b.      Bet = Y+Z = 20+5, Y = 20*2+5 = 45
c.       Bet 50, Y=Total amount bet so far = 95
d.      So on an so forth.
e.      Pros:
                                                               i.      Every round of betting, you will end up with more than what you started off
                                                             ii.      You have more cycles per round before you run out of the money you have put
f.        Cons:
                                                               i.      The downside of course is that the upside is smaller. :-)
7.       An obvious warning is that the Casinos will not appreciate someone coming in and playing a strategic game and winning. So do keep a low profile and if the dealer looks at you suspiciously. Just take your winnings and move on to the next table/casino. :-)

Do try this on your next Casino Trip (Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Singapore, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Atlantic City are a few places I am aware off, I am sure there are tons of them in Europe) and let me know how this worked for you.

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  1. Your strategy to win at roulette is very simple and easy and it is really helpful.

  2. Thanks Alex. You have a great blog yourself.

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