Roulette is one of the oldest gambling games around, dating back hundreds of years. While the game seems to be based purely on chance, there are certain strategies and tricks you can use to maximize profits and minimize losses. The nature of the game is such that it's impossible to make certain that you turn a profit, but this article outlines ways to minimize your losses.

  1. Spin the wheel a couple of times before starting your turn. If you are playing at a casino, this step will help you determine if there are any biases. Some wheels may be more likely to land on odd numbers, for example, than others. Take a look at the electronic board above it, too.
    Observe casino game workers if they are the ones spinning the wheel. The worker may have been playing the game for so long that he or she spins the wheel with the same force every time, resulting in a bias.
  2. Play European Roulette, not American Roulette. The American Roulette wheel has an extra slot, 00, which slightly decreases the odds of winning. If you are given both options, choose European Roulette to increase your likelihood of winning.
    The house edge on a European wheel is on 2.63%. With the American wheel, it's twice that.
  3. If playing online roulette, be wary. The last thing you want is to give over your money to some scam. Make sure the site is reputable, associated with a reputable casino. There are too many untrustworthy sites out there to just take your chances. Also, make sure they have a random number generator. There are sites that rig the computer system against you. If you can verify this with others, do so.