How many strategies exist in roulette? Millions. In fact, if you go to any roulette table any place in the world, every player at the table will have a system or strategy for how to “beat the house”. The strategies generally fall into two categories, physics and money management.

Physics

People who believe in physics strategies believe that each table is subject to the rules of physics based on its location. They consider things like the placement of the table in the room, the polish on the table, how it sits on the floor, and many other factors.

The approach of people who believe in the physics model is to watch the table for a while to see how the ball reacts to each spin. In addition, they watch the dealer and see how he or she pitches the ball onto the wheel. They watch for nuances of spin, the angle of the throw, power of the throw and other factors. They see how consistent the dealer is for the outcome. They observe if they get more odd or even balls, or black vs red outcomes.
If the dealer changes they have to restart their research and watch again, seeing if the new dealer is different. There are sub-strategies, or beliefs, in the physics of roulette but they all boil down to observational skills.

Money Management

The other types of strategies have to do with money management skills. These strategies basically believe there is no significant difference between tables and outcomes are all random. There are a lot of varieties of money management, but they are mostly based on bet progression. That is, putting more money down on bets as you lose so that you’ll recoup your winnings when your numbers “hit”.

The problem is, there is no guarantee that your number will “hit”. The belief your time to win is called the “Gambler’s Fallacy” and it has been the ruin of many a gambler.

The choice of the number isn’t precisely random, but it’s uncontrolled enough that you can’t know when your number or color will hit. The other major flaw with the system is you have to keep increasing your bet amount to make up your losses and still try and win. Only people with extremely large amounts of money have that kind of financial stamina.

So What Will Work For You?

Roulette is a fun and exciting game to play and watch. Just because the odds aren’t in your favor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. After all, gambling isn’t in your favor most of the time, so approach it with an attitude of entertainment, not income. The best strategy is to set limits, for both winning and losing, and walk away from the table when you hit those limits.