Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world. You just have to walk through a casino to see where herds of people will be standing, poised with anticipation at the ball spinning and cheering as the ball drops!
This popularity and excitement has very much moved into the online casino space too and it is easily one of the top played games at most online casinos. With Roulette, whether it is in a casino or online, the game is based on pure luck and there’s no scientific way to accurately predict what number the ball will land on. However, numbers can play an important part in various cultures around the world and for this reason, it has influenced what people believe to be lucky or not so lucky numbers to play in a game of Roulette!
Let’s take you through some of the lucky and not so lucky numbers according to different cultures, myths and stories. Do you have a lucky number you always play?
Let’s take the number 7 as a start, it is very much perceived lucky in the west whereas the infamous 13 is seen very much as unlucky. Hotels in Las Vegas, so aware of the myths of ‘unlucky 13’ won’t have a 13th floor in most of their hotels!
However, as we mentioned, different countries have different beliefs. If you take Italy for example, they believe the number 13 is lucky, so if you’re betting with an Italian you can be sure that they will think the opposite to you!
The number 8 is also another number seen as very lucky in China. Numbers that add up to 8 like the number 26 are also seen as lucky (it also sounds like “easy profitable” in Cantonese, But take the number 4 for example, in Chinese cities, buildings often don’t have a fourth floor as the number is seen as that unlucky.
If you ask people what the most popular number is that they place a bet on, almost definitely a large proportion of people will say ‘17’.
Reason: It is because it’s placed in the centre of the table, making it an obvious focus point to bet on for most. MIT has described the number 17 as the “most random number”, so if people were asked to pick a random number on Roulette most people would go straight for 17.
If you need another reason to believe the popularity of the number 17 then look no further then James Bond himself!
James Bond when played by Sean Connery, played the lucky number in a game of roulette in the film Diamonds are Forever. In the 1960s, it has also been said Connery bet on the number 17 and its come in 3 spins in a row and he ended up winning over £20k!
After 17 another number generally perceived as quite lucky is the number ‘7’. You’ll see lots of games as well as Roulette using Lucky number 7 in their titles.
3 is a firm favourite amongst some players with the popular phrase ‘good things come in three’ having something to do with it.
Eastern casinos may tell you a different story with a lot of luck attached to the number 2 with the phrase ‘double your luck and double your chances!’
The number 0, usually ends up being a number that players dislike. Some think because of the placement of the number at the top of the board and of the unlucky associations with the house edge that it’s bad luck, for some, however, it represents an insurance policy if they are section betting.
As you can see a lot of connotations to various numbers being lucky and unlucky when played in the game of Roulette. Do you have a lucky number? Only one way to find out. At The Phone Casino we have a range of live and virtual roulette games you can try your hand at.
We also have a blog ‘Introduction to Roulette’, so anyone trying their hand for the first time be sure to check out this blog too before you play!