Luck Or Skill? Debunking Common Myths About Roulette

Roulette is a casino game that has been in play for many centuries, and many people find themselves actively involved in it. But the fact that it has been around for years means it has had enough time for people to build myths around the game. And these myths are not limited to only one version of roulette – they spread even to live dealer roulette online. 

There are a lot of other casino games. Still, for example, online video poker is often considered a game of skill, distinguished by its strategic elements that engage players in decision-making. In contrast to the misconceptions surrounding roulette, where luck is often thought to be the primary factor, video poker relies on a player’s choices to influence the outcome.

These myths sometimes sound like facts, but that doesn’t mean they are true. And when newbie players hear of these fallacies, they may lose interest in playing the game. 

We have taken it upon ourselves to debunk several of these myths. Dig in to find out what some of them are. 

Myth One – You Must Stick To One Bet Type 

It is pretty standard to find players who still believe in this myth. They think they should stick to it if they have had multiple winning streaks while using one betting style. While this may be true in certain situations, it is not always true. 

There are many different styles of betting to try, and no one is better than the others. The only reason this might seem so is that one may suit your style of play more than others. But this does not automatically mean that the others are invalid. 

In fact, you are encouraged to use different betting styles. This way, you can ensure you get the most out of your wagers over time as you play on. 

Myth Two – You Can Beat the House Edge 

To debunk this, you can never beat a casino’s house edge. For those unfamiliar, the house edge is simply the percentage of the player’s profit that the casino keeps over time. 

As such, no matter how long and how well you play or the variant of roulette you play, you can never beat this edge. Usually, this house edge is built into the wheel itself, so how do you think you can find a way around this? 

Choosing a different roulette version can lower the house edge to something more favorable. For instance, the French game variant has a lower edge, reducing it from 5.26% to 2.7%. Another way to lower the house edge is by playing in casinos that stick to En Prison rules and La Partage, which further reduce the ede on certain plays. 

Myth Three – Hedging The Board is Possible 

Another common misconception certain players have is that working through different betting styles makes it possible to hedge the board. Hedging the board means placing wagers on various outcomes to create at least one that yields profits. But this is simply a fallacy. 

As expected, you can win bigger when you bet on high-risk games. However, regardless of the way you spread out your wagers in an attempt to hedge them, you can never beat the house. The house always has an inbuilt advantage to prevent this. 

However, this doesn’t mean hedging the board is entirely invalid in roulette games. It’s just that it’s a strategy best used in a couple of spins rather than depending on it for the long run. 

Myth Four – All Online Roulette Wheels Are Rigged 

For several reasons, some players believe online roulette wheels are rigged. This is because they can’t see a live dealer, nor do they understand the implications of the casino house edge. As such, they feel the game is always in the house’s favor. 

However, this is untrue because rigged wheels imply lousy publicity for the online casino. No one wants to play at a place where it’s impossible to win, and so such complaints would only spoil business for the gambling platform. This is one reason why rigged systems in casinos are not possible. 

Furthermore, some agencies and corporations ensure all casino games, including roulette, are random and fair. These agencies test the games first before giving the gaming platform a license. Also, many gambling companies share their audit grades with the public to prove that the games are random. 

Myth Five – The Gambler’s Fallacy 

This fallacy is widespread among many people, even those who are not gamblers, and the majority don’t realize there’s a name for it. The Gambler’s fallacy is the idea that previous outcomes impact subsequent results. But this is not so, especially in statistical analysis in games of chance. 

It thus becomes essential to understand that roulette wheels are an exercise in randomness – the odds of the outcome being red or black is 50% each. As such, prior outcomes rarely, if ever, impact future outcomes, especially if this is on a small scale. On the other hand, though, on large scales like several thousand spins, there are chances that the outcome may be similar. 

But usually, regardless of what happens in the previous round, the outcome for subsequent rounds may remain the same. And this is true in both live roulette and online roulette. 

The End 

Online roulette is a game based on chances and a couple of strategies, so it is essential not to be swayed by the numerous myths out there. Listed above are some common misconceptions many people have about online roulette. If you hear of other myths not discussed above, dig out if they hold water. 

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