Roulette is a game that has been designed purely for entertainment.
The grandeur and big wins associated with roulette make it one of the most popular casino games, and easily one of the most recognizable. But how can you go about getting the most enjoyment from the game as possible?
Here are my top five tips for getting the most out of playing roulette.
1. Play roulette at your own pace
Play when you want to, and bet as much as you're comfortable with. The only way to play roulette is the way you enjoy it the most; there are no set rules to it.
Just because the guy next to you is betting copious amount on each spin, it doesn't mean you have to do the same. If you want to bet the minimum each time, go ahead and do so. If you're having fun, that's all that matters.
If you feel more excitement from a $5 bet than the person next to you feels from making a $5,000 bet, then you're getting more out of the game than they are.
2. Your roulette strategy is the best strategy
There is no strategy that is better than any other, so place your bets however you want.
The snake bet is a prime example of a fun bet that makes no sense, but it's no worse than any other kind of bet you can make.
If you think you have a good system going, then stick to it and see how it goes. Place your bets as strategically as you like and don't let anyone tell you you're wrong.
At the end of the day the house always has the edge, and the way you place your bets isn't going to change it.
Note: Just avoid the 5 number bet.
3. Set yourself a hard limit before you start
Whether you play slots, craps, baccarat, blackjack, or even that other little game called roulette, it's never going to be much fun if you're risking more money than you can afford to lose.
Always play with an amount of money that you would be comfortable with losing.
We can all dream about hitting those big wins from time to time, but the reality is that there is a good chance that we can lose our money too. If the thought of losing X amount of money makes you feel a little bit ill on the inside, then you shouldn't be playing with it in the first place.
4. Take your time playing roulette
Roulette is a leisurely walk, not a frantic commute. It isn't going to be much fun in risking it all on one spin and losing, so stretch our your play and get your money's worth. The smaller the bets you make in relation to the amount you are playing with, the more time you are going to be able to spend at the tables.
Take your time and enjoy yourself at the table, you're in no hurry to keep playing... online casinos are open 24/7.
If you're thinking about heading to your local casino for the first time and want to know more about how they work before you go, check out this helpful guide to the casino floor by my friend Randy Ray.
5. Don't feel compelled to play roulette
If you ever feel like you have to play, then you really shouldn't be placing any bets. If you've won a decent amount and want to leave the table, then go ahead and leave. Keep your winnings and enjoy them.
Dostoevsky said that the ultimate goal of a roulette player is to be able to keep their cool when gambling:
A gentleman must look upon all these gaming tables, be it roulette or trente-et-quarante, as nothing more than an amusement, organized solely for his pleasure.― Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Gambler, 1866)
You should only play roulette because you want to, and not because you feel that you have to. Play it safe and set yourself limits.
Roulette is an exciting game because it exposes you to the world of randomness. We all "know" that the laws of probability allow for strange occurrences and patterns to take place, but the roulette wheel is where you can get a first hand experience of it.
And that's why roulette draws people in.
However, you've got to keep your cool. The unpredictability can take a hold of you in an instant, and it's easy to get swept up in the experience as you move from one spin to the next. The trick is to be in charge of your actions at the roulette wheel, and not the other way around.
Always remember that roulette is your game, and you are in control of what takes place at the table. Play however you want, and don't let anyone dictate otherwise. Especially not the roulette wheel.
If you're enjoying yourself whilst placing bets, then the roulette wheel is doing its job properly. If you're not sure, exercise your inner strength and walk away. There's more to life than risking money on one more spin of the wheel.