Chapter Three: Becoming The Sophisticated Roulette Player
My goal with Roulette 2000 is to empower you with knowledge so that you can be a more sophisticated roulette player. I cannot guarantee that you will get rich with these strategies. And I will not spoon-feed you with mechanical betting formulas. Instead, I will give you the knowledge to know better and worse betting opportunities and how to maximize your odds of winning, as well as offer some suggested betting sequences. How you use that knowledge is entirely up to you, but my advice above all is to be smart, be patient, and don't get greedy.
Finally, read this entire book. Let me know if you have questions. Don't skip ahead to the betting patterns and rush out to start betting. Understand what you are doing and why you are doing it first.
Patience is the key. No gambling strategy yet invented will get you rich overnight. Even the best card counters at blackjack set modest goals of how much they want to win each day before they quit; such goals are usually a modest percentage (like 10%) of their session bankroll. Roulette players tend to be greedier, which is why the casinos love us so much. Set more modest goals, play smartly, and be content to gain your profits slowly but surely.
Tracking the Numbers
Every spin of the roulette wheel provides valuable data than can be put to good use, so the sophisticated player begins by recording each spin you witness. If you come up to a table with a results board (typically a lighted display panel), make sure you ask someone if the list is accurate before writing down the numbers. Sometimes a board misses a spin or double-records a number.
It is not necessary to record spins for every strategy that Roulette 2000 describes, but it is useful for most of them so we might as well get this understood at the outset.
I include a sample grid to use for practicing the strategies, but before you go to the LIVE casino, buy a mini legal pad (5 inches by 8 inches). On the top sheet, on the left hand side create a column that goes down the page that looks like this:
Then draw a series of lines down the paper to create columns. Make a small hash mark next to the appropriate pair when one or the other number hits. To track individual numbers, you can put the hashmark in the upper left hand part of the space to record the first number of the pair, and the lower right hand corder for the second number in a pair. Or use two different color pens. It does not matter how you do so as long as you do so consistently. As I will explain in a moment, you will also write down the numbers for each spin on the next page of your mini legal pad. Each column should record 20 hits. No more, no less.
After a set of 20 you start the next column of marks. In the first column, write a nice big 0 where a pair failed to hit in that set of 20 spins.
So it should look something like this after your first 20 spins:
The purpose of this top sheet is to track individual numbers and pairs. By doing this you will quickly see which pairs are hit and which are not. You can also track dozens and high/low with a quick glance. The above marks are fairly typical. Generally, you will have about 6 pairs that do not hit in a set of 20 spins.
On the second page of the mini legal pad also draw columns down the page, drawing a horizontal line after the 5th line, 10th line, 15th line, and 20th line. On this page you list the actual numbers hitting. I also put an A, B, or C next to the number to indicate which column it is in. This sheet serves three purposes. First, when you reach the 5, 10, 15, and 20th line you can check your hash marks to make sure your records are complete on both sheets.
Second, later if you want to see exactly how long it has been since a specific number hit, you have a complete record. Third, the list enables you to notice unusual column phenomena, such as a streak of 6 As in a row or an unusually long drought of a column like 15 or 20 spins without a B. In chapter two I describe how to bet in such situations.
This list would begin something like this:
etc., again in columns of 20 numbers each so you can cross check your record with the top page of hash marks. It is easy to get distracted and miss a number on one list or the other. Keeping both records allows you to cross check and make sure you are recording them all.
With these two sheets I can monitor just about any type of pattern I would be interested in betting on. After 60 spins your top sheet may look something like this:
0/00 || | 0
1/2 0 || |
3/4 | 0 ||
5/6 || | |
7/8 | || ||
9/10 0 0 0
11/12 0 | ||
13/14 || | 0
15/16 | | 0
17/18 | | 0
19/20 || || ||
21/22 | 0 |
23/24 0 | 0
25/26 | | ||
27/28 | | |
29/30 || || |||
31/32 ||| | ||
33/34 0 || |
35/36 0 0 0
Later in Roulette 2000 I will identify some specific uses of these charts.
For now, just get in the habit of recording spins in this manner. By keeping such records and taking them home with you later, you can accumulate a substantial data set to study and to test strategies with. If you did not do as well at the casino as you would have liked, keeping a record can help you analyze what happened later.