There are many reasons why roulette tables can easily become overcrowded. For one, roulette is a mainstay of almost all major casinos worldwide. It doesn’t matter what country you’re in, the basics of roulette play remain the same. Of course, American roulette differs from its European counterpart somewhat in that the former has a board with a double zero, but the essence of play remains the same.
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Another reason for its large-scale popularity is that roulette doesn’t require too much in the way of cerebral strategy. The player gives himself up wholly to chance and the spin of the wheel. It’s quite unlike a game of blackjack, for instance, where the house advantage can be reduced a few percentage points through advanced tactical techniques, close study, and careful strategy. In roulette, the house advantage remains at just under 3% on European tables and a little over 5% on American tables. So, what can we say about player behaviors at the table and their effects on the nature, quality, and quantity of the bets that are made?
Firstly, you’ll tend to bet far more on the squares within a close radius of your chair or standing area. So if you’re standing at the table’s edge, furthest away from the wheel, there’s a higher likelihood that you’ll bet on the second- and third-dozen group of numbers than you will on the first. It’s a simple matter of reach. Especially when the table is overcrowded and it’s a struggle to place your chips on the side of the board that’s opposite to where you’re standing, the kinds of bets you make are frequently a question of convenience and not wishing to bump and bother other players.
It doesn’t mean that you’re at some added advantage spreading your bets all the way across the board. Roulette doesn’t favor betting patterns not does it reward random play. The roulette ball has an equal chance of landing on any number (provided, of course, that the wheel is properly balanced). But if for nothing else than your own satisfaction, it’s useful to be aware of where you’re betting and why.
Simply push your way through the flurry of arms jumping back and forth, and place your chips on a chosen square. It might mean you have to maneuver your way through the masses, but this is real money stakes we’re talking about. A simple “excuse me” is all that’s required.
A final word of advice: ensure that if you’re stretching out to place your bet on a square or corner that’s located far away that you make your bet unambiguous. Dealer’s are careful to reproach players who consistently make ambiguous bets – that is, those bets where it’s unclear whether the bet is a 2-way split, a straight-up or a corner. Casinos will never tolerate any players who do this deliberately.
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