6 Misconceptions about Playing Roulette Online

by Tim | Nov 24, 2021

6 Misconceptions about Playing Roulette Online

Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in both online and brick-and-mortar establishments. If you play roulette online, you’ll know that the game’s ease of play and enjoyment are the main reasons for its popularity. 

There are, however, quite a few myths surrounding the game, which naturally happens to anything that has been around as long as roulette. The problem is that these myths can actually be a detriment to your game, so it’s important that you don’t let them get to you!

Here are some of the most common myths around online roulette games, including Immersive Roulette, American Roulette, and European Roulette.

1. Past bets influence future outcomes

Many people mistakenly believe that if the ball has landed on a specific number, colour, or sequence in previous spins, it is less likely to land on it again in the next one. For example, many people think that if the ball has landed on the number 12 twice in a row, it is less likely to land on 12 again in the next spin than any other number.

This simply isn’t true. Each spin is an entity unto itself. The wheel is set up in such a way that each number and colour have exactly the same odds per spin as every other number, regardless of past spins or patterns. This means that the ball is as likely to land on number 12 for the third time in a row as it is on any other number on the wheel. Roulette wheels are completely random and don’t have any patterns of play.

2. There are lucky numbers

“Your lucky number” written on yellow paper with white paper around it.

We humans are a superstitious bunch and it’s a natural part of our psyches to try and identify patterns. In roulette, people have the misconception that they see a certain pattern on the wheel when in reality there aren’t any. 

People tend to bet on their lucky numbers and when they win big on these numbers, they completely forget about the five other bets on that number that lost them money. A big win has the tendency to erase the memory of past failures. Always keep in mind that roulette tables are completely random and there are equal odds for every number.

3. You must stick to one bet

It’s easy to understand that people have their favourite type of bet and they generally stick to it if they are winning. However, it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to stick to one bet every single time. There are so many different options out there and it’s a great idea to experiment. You can always try out the different bets with free online roulette to see how they work.

It’s actually in your best interest to use a variety of different types of bets rather than sticking to just one, as this will lead to a better ROI for your time at the roulette wheel.

4. You don’t need a roulette strategy

A top view of an American Roulette wheel and table.

While you don’t have to follow the official strategies such as Martingale, that doesn’t mean that you should just walk up to a roulette table, throw money on it, and pick the first number that you see. It’s important to consider your bets and your bankroll. You can try practising different betting strategies with the free daily spins in our no deposit mobile casino to see what works for you.

All in all, the best strategy is generally the one that weighs out the risk and reward of the game. It’s a good idea to spread your bets out a little on the table for the majority of the time and get paid out in small increments to keep your bankroll going, and then to place a high-risk bet like a straight-up every now and then. This means that you’ll continually collect smaller winnings with the possibility of hitting it big on your high-risk bet, without risking all your money in one spin.

5. You can beat the house edge

Many people mistakenly think that there are ways to beat the house edge in roulette. The truth is that no matter how many games you play or which version of roulette you’re playing, there will always be a house edge. The house edge is built into the wheel itself and nothing you do can change that.

Of course, you can lower the house edge by choosing the right games for this purpose. French-style roulette wheels tend to have the lowest house edge, while American roulette wheels have the highest.

6. Online roulette wheels are rigged

Because online games take place on a computer and there is no live dealer (unless you’re playing online live roulette) many people mistakenly believe that the games are rigged in favour of the house.

This simply isn’t true, however, as the companies that create casino software ensure randomness on all of the games. The results are produced by an RNG (random number generator) which means that every single round is completely random.

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