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Players have been trying to beat the roulette wheel for centuries

 

If you are on the radar of the roulette world, you will no doubt be inundated with emails promising you ways to break the bank at roulette. Unfortunately, these systems are all destined to fail in the long run. If there genuinely was a way to beat the casino, roulette would very quickly die out. Whether online or on the Las Vegas Strip, casinos are simply not in the business of giving away money, and they wouldn’t last very long if they were.

There are, however, a few ways to get the best odds at roulette. While these will never guarantee a win, they will often reduce your losses. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective strategies.
 

Choose the right wheel

The green zero slot is one of the biggest elements of roulette odds. With a zero on the wheel, even money chances are no longer even, and all other odds are reduced. Playing on a European wheel, having a single zero gives the house an edge of 2.7%. This means that even money bets, such as red or black, odd or even, don’t pay out 50% of the time, but 48.6%. Single numbers are also reduced from odds of 35-1 chance to a 36-1, although you will still only be paid out at 35-1.

 

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the zero gives the house a 2.7% edge

 

With an American wheel, there are two zeros, which cuts your odds even further. Here the house edge doubles to 5.26%, which means that on more than one in twenty spins, no one wins. Clearly, American wheels should be avoided and European wheels chosen wherever possible.
 

Choose the right game

You can increase your odds of winning, or at least decrease your odds of losing, by seeking out French roulette. This not only uses a European wheel, with just a single zero, but also has additional rules for even money bets. These rules include ‘en partage’, where you get half of an even money bet back if the ball lands in the zero, or ‘en prison’ where your even money bet rolls over to the next spin. This second bet will not pay any winnings, but if you ‘win’ on the second spin you will get your full stake back.
 

Analyse the wheel

Ever since Blaise Pascal stumbled on the roulette wheel as a by-product of his research into creating a perpetual motion machine, people have been trying to learn the quirks of individual wheels to swing the odds in their favour. Even with constant improvements in manufacturing, no roulette wheel is perfectly random, and any given wheel can be mathematically analysed to reveal its subtle biases.

Once again, there are endless companies offering gadgets and gismos that will analyse roulette wheels to tip the odds in your favour, from infrared lasers to mini computers. Unfortunately, not only are these devices notoriously unreliable and hard to use, they are also illegal in most casinos.

Even if such machines were user-friendly, reliable and legal, casinos are not stupid and they will always be one step ahead. Since such devices became common, casinos have got into the habit of switching around the wheels, spinners and slot components between tables, to even out any inaccuracies; meaning that all your hard work and research one day, will be useless by the next.
 

Limit your losses

 

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Even Fibonacci’s famous maths can’t predict the fall of the ball in roulette

 

Most roulette systems are not about improving the odds, as much as limiting your losses. Popular systems such as Martingale, Fibonacci and Paroli, where you increase your stake after each loss, can be very effective at evening out the odds, especially when playing outside bets at even money, but they will rarely do much more than keep you level on the night. At the end of the day, however, every spin of the roulette wheel is random and every outcome is as likely as any other, regardless of what has happened before. So cumulative betting systems such as these, which assume that the outcomes will even out over time, are in essence fundamentally flawed. Just like a coin toss, where ten consecutive heads does not alter the chances of a tail on the next flip, there is still a 50/50 chance of red or black with each spin (or more accurately 48.6/48.6/2.8).

We all dream of breaking the bank at Monte Carlo, just like Charles Wells. We all hope for the win of a lifetime, like Ashley Revell. But whatever system you believe in, there are guarantees with roulette – which is, after all, half the fun of playing!

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There are many reasons why poker is the king of all card games. The challenge and excitement of playing against a table of people naturally bring a social aspect to the game. There’s also the unique language and colorful expressions spoken by poker players that make them appear as a cool secret society. Sometimes the action creates a downright party.

And then there’s the irresistible competition. Whether it’s a casual poker game between friends or a tournament hand at a casino, poker typically involves a bet of some kind. Raise the stakes and watch the intensity of play soar.

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Hold ‘em or fold ‘em – that’s the big decision that every player of Texas Hold‘em has to make. Of course, the problem is that you have to make that call before you even see the rest of the cards you can use to make your hand.

The first two cards, dealt face down for only you to see, are called the hole cards or pocket cards, and based on these cards, and these cards alone, you have to make a decision about the potential strength of your hand. So how do you decide whether to raise, match or fold, when you only know 40% of what you have to play with?

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Blackjack online has long been one of the most popular games. It started out hundreds of years ago and was played physically around a table. It’s only in the last twenty years or so that blackjack has become an online sensation. Online blackjack combines the basic elements that make gaming fun.

There’s the entertainment value; card games have been around for millennia because we all enjoy them. Online blackjack gives our intellect a good workout. We have to make many decisions and often. The decisions are not always as easy to see as one might expect.

Blackjack has the ability to sharpen our wits, to see the trees for the forest, to build up our self-confidence. There is even some evidence that online games like blackjack can reduce the impact of such problematic conditions as dyslexia.

Card Counting

Professional gamblers are well aware of the card counting schemes that almost broke Las Vegas. Card counting has long been one of the primary strategies for blackjack. It’s pretty obvious that one should count the cards in blackjack; we do the same in parlour card games like rummy and pinochle. The card counting schemes that were so successful were a degree of difficulty beyond the ken of most everyone who isn’t a mathematical genius at MIT!

Winning at Blackjack

So, how does the average player beat the house in blackjack online? Well, the answer lies in what is known as due diligence when we’re trying to make big life decisions such as career, where to live, whom to marry and so on. Due diligence in blackjack means five basic rules of thumb: thoroughly knowing the variation you’re playing, staying calm at all times, enjoying the game, playing to have fun, and stopping when you’re tired or bored. It’s okay to say that, after an hour, you got bored. If you really love blackjack, you’ll be ready to play again in a day or two.

Help is on the Way

In addition, here are a few do nots to increase your winning chances by omitting losing habits or practices.

  • Never drink while playing. Land-based casino’s love to ply their players with drinks. One drink will lower your ability to think clearly, two will go much further in getting you to make poor decisions. So, when you’re playing at home, play until you’re ready for that drink and then stop playing!
  • Never make your next decision based solely on your cards. Learn all about observing the dealer’s card and deciding based on that information.
  • Never follow a betting system. They’ve been debunked again and again and pop up again and again. Betting systems do not work. Observation and deduction do work.
  • A corollary of the above is never bet progressively. If you do so, you’ll surely lose much more over time than if you stayed with a sound betting plan.
  • This leads to possibly the most important advice: never bet money you can’t afford. This means never bet money that you can’t safely earmark for purely entertainment. At bottom, online blackjack or any game played online should properly be seen as entertainment.
  • Never believe in hot streaks or cold streaks. Over time, you’ll win and you’ll lose. If you play well, the total amount that you’ll win or lose over time will be about 1% of the money you’ve bet.
  • Play online blackjack with single decks or two decks. Also try to play multiplayer games. When you play several hands, you can count cards much better than if you’re playing one hand in a game that is reshuffled after each hand.
  • Never take insurance. This ranks with betting systems as something that is regularly debunked by professionals, in this case statisticians, and is now well known as a losing bet over time.

You’ll find that playing blackjack online is simply a wonderful way to pass the time and stay sharp doing so!

Is the Martingale betting strategy still effective in today’s modern gambling scenario? Read this post to know how it’s applied to Roulette and Blackjack.

There are two kinds of reviews you would generally get about the Martingale system. While the beginners hold strong opinion about the same, an expert player will tell you to try any method other than the Martingale. With its origin way back in the 18th century, this Martingale strategy is specifically for games with a heads or tails format. Let us take a look at how this system works in two of the most popular casino games; roulette and blackjack.

Roulette

In order to make the Martingale system work at the roulette table, you will have to confine your bets to black or red in 50/50 propositions. In case you lose a spin after placing the bet, you need to double the ante on the subsequent turn of the wheel. Say for an instance, if you bet $20 on black and lose the first spin, you’ll have to bet $40 on the next spin, and further $80 on the third spin if you lose again. As a result you get a one unit profit, and you need to start the sequence again once you win the bet.

Blackjack

Similar to the condition applied at the roulette table, here also you have to double the stake for every losing hand, and the betting sequence continues till the time you win a hand. So basically, if you do your math right, you’ll end up with one unit profit. For example, with a starting stake of $5, you end up wagering $40 after losing three hands. This gives an exposure to $75, and after winning the hand, you are left with a profit of $5.

So Does It Really Work?

Martingale system may have proved to be effective for games like roulette or blackjack, but it is certainly not a solution for other variations. Mathematically, it’s an authentic strategy, but complicated in the gaming world. Unless you have an extremely large bankroll, you cannot make the most of this system. For example, if your opening stake is $10, and you lose 6 successive hands, you’ll have to bet a whopping $640, which is beyond the limit of many players.

Now even if you have enough bankroll to take on the house, the rules imposed by the casino will cause this system to fail. Most of the online casinos have a limit on the maximum amount you can bet, and this makes it really difficult to implement the system. Just because you have enough funds to keep doubling your stakes until you win, the table’s limit will avert you from doing this repeatedly.

Relying on this system completely to make huge profits for you is the costliest mistake you can make for yourself. Unless you uphold the basic principle of this betting system, it will fail both in theory and practice. It may be good in small doses, but getting used to it can hurt you real bad in the long term. Hence, one should look beyond this strategy if they are to make big winnings with a lower bankroll.

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If you have ever had the chance to play Lucky Lady’s Charm deluxe slot at an online casino, you have certainly soon realized that it is not a complex game to play, neither that you must be a professional gambler to win. One thing can be said though, it is an enjoyable game where all the luck you need in order to win is just on the screen in front of you, brought to you by a charming lady who reminds me more of a Hollywood actress than a fortune teller of the circus.

Lucky Lady’s Charm deluxe game is a highly popular Novomatic slot machine based on the famous video slot classic and turned into a dynamic online version that most ladies and gents love to play. Now the advanced version of the most popular game has come with a host of new features, looks, sounds while retaining all the charisma of the original.

Lucky lady’s Charm Deluxe comes as an exciting 5-reel, 10-payline slot game that rewards its players with amazing chances of making good sums of money and bonuses. The game is full of excitement and amazing graphics that keep you occupied. The greatest charm of the game is the vast array of winning chances that the game offers its players and the fact that, of course, you do not need to go to the old style casinos, but rather enjoy the game in the cool comforts of your home at an online casino.

Symbols

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There are many symbols in the game that reward you like the Rabbit pad, the Four Leaved clover, the Coin, the Ladybug, the Horseshoe and the playing card symbols A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9. The Lucky Lady herself is the wild symbol and rewards the players with the double of the earnings when included in win combinations replacing any other symbol other than the Scatter. The Magic Sphere is a scatter symbol that multiplies the win when two or more are present on the screen anywhere and gives 15 free spins if three or more scatter symbols are present on the screen. The players get a chance to increase their earnings 3 times during the free spins and the earnings are added to the pot.

Gamble Feature

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Like many other online slot machine games of Novomatic, Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe offers the opportunity to double your wins after each successful spin. The player who wants to maximize his earnings or wants to try his luck in a gamble can take advantage of the gamble feature by guessing the card. If the player is able to successfully guess the color of the card, all his line earnings are doubled while if he fails to do so, he stands to lose his entire earnings as well.

Opinion

Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe Slot is a beautiful game like many other Novomatic slot games. The pay lines are a little less than many other online slot games, but the pay out of the game is an interesting part as it comes out on a regular basis for the joy of the players. However the strong points and the beauty of the game are the looks, graphics and sounds and, of course, the fascinating fortune teller you cannot NOT fall in love with.

By chance if you are the one who always craved to try on playing the video poker, but never had the guts to play the game. This might be due to the fact that even your friends do not know how to play this game or you felt that you going to look very foolish and all others are going to have an edge against you as you are a beginner or a learner. Now there’s a sigh of relief to the people who always wish to play the video poker game. You surely need to be thankful to the www as with the help of internet there is a web based version of the famous video poker game. The online version has expanded greatly with hundreds of web based video poker casinos. At last you can fulfill your long awaited dream and become a king in the video poker gaming world. Playing the online version of video poker game is just like a cake walk. You simply do not have to bother if you’re a novice gamer as you will be in a position to find lots of tutorial sessions that will provide you complete instructions to make you understand the game properly. Whatever possible thing that you always craved to know about the video poker is made available to you through the video poker websites. The best part is you get all the free information and also the free gaming. There’s simply no need to wait as you can immediately start practicing and excel in the video poker game. Don’t feel that you are the only one doing this. Even the professional gamers practice on these free games before going in the real money gaming.

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One of the most popular games at casinos has long been the game of blackjack which in some situations is referred to as the game of 21. In the classic version of the game, players must get as close as they can to the number 21 without going over. They must also have a higher counting hand than the dealer. Blackjack is well liked for its simple rules as well as its exciting play. While many people prefer this traditional version of blackjack, many others enjoy playing variations on the game.

A version of blackjack that can be found online at some online casino sites is a game known as blackjack switch. With the game of blackjack switch players actually play two hands simultaneously. When playing this version players have the option of swapping the second cards dealt to them. For instance, if the second card in one hand is a jack and the second hand is a five, they can be swapped. Since this variation takes away some of the house’s edge the dealer will hit on a soft 17. In the variation of blackjack switch, if a player gets a blackjack, it will only pay out even money not like the typical 3:2 in traditional blackjack games. Also, if the dealer’s hand has a value of 22, this will tie all bets and not be a busted hand.

Another possible variation of blackjack is a game called pontoon. If a player obtains a blackjack in this version, the payout increases to 2:1 unless the dealer also has one. Five card Charlies are possible in pontoon. A five card Charlie is when you have a hand of five cards without exceeding 21. One of the drawbacks of pontoon is that when the dealer and a player tie, the dealer always wins. The next time you want to play blackjack, check out the offerings at blackjackdomain.com.

There exist a few documentaries about card counting.

One of them is the 2005 Card Counting Documentary called – The Hot Shoe, directed by David Layton. Even though it does not always meet the expectations, it remains interesting and entertaining to watch even for people not already familiar with card counting. Here you will find Johnny Chang, Andy Bloch, Ian Andersen and others professional players talking about blackjack.

David claims he attempted to deal with the subject in all its complexities – the mathematics, the history, the politics and the practical realities of blackjack.

I talked to the leading lights in the world of blackjack—professional players, authors, casino personnel, detectives who identify players, lawyers and academics. If you want to know the real story, if you want to learn how to count cards, or if you just want to watch a fun adventure I think you will enjoy “The Hot Shoe”.

Another interesting documentary to watch is Ken Uston – “Breaking Vegas: Blackjack Man”, more the biography of a legendary blackjack player than focused on technical aspects of the strategy. You can watch this one just here through the embedded videos below.



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