UK-21's Roulette Stuff.

Roulette wheels have been around for over two hundred years now and since they've been available for degenerate gamblers to try their luck with countless people have fallen foul of them - some with catastrophic results; stories of ruin, bankruptcy, imprisonment for gambling related theft and suicides are all too common, both in the past and at present. If you add all of the numbers on a roulette wheel together you'll find they total 666 - the sign of the devil. No doubt there's a subtle message in their somewhere?

I use to be of the opinion that roulette was a completely random gambling punt, but I've changed my view in recent years. As the outcome from spinning the wheel is a combination of a mechanical device (the wheel) and some repetitive human interaction (the croupier) I now take the view that, in theory at least, as a result of undertaking some statistical analysis of the outcomes there may be occasions when weaknesses can be determined within these two factors and that these might be taken advantage of. Although this assertion is open for debate, in recent years the main manufacturers of roulette wheels have all taken steps to identify wear in their wheels that might result in a trackable bias forming and in the case of Cammegh have built in a specific feature to their wheels to frustrate any advantage players who might wish to put a dent in their operator's profits. Why spend the time, effort and money on developing this if there isn't a risk?

As a result of my unhealthy facination with the wheel of doom, in recent years I've taken an interest in the subject of Roulette advantage play and have chanced a few bob myself. I applied a method based on identifying a consistent dealer action that resulted in a statistically abnormal frequency of results occuring that were between "x" and "y" number of slots along from the last number spun - with mixed results. The problem, of course, was identifying that elusive dealer with the consistent action (it was more often the lady croups than the men) working with a non-Cammegh wheel. I spent many hours playing wheels with micro stakes only to find that the vast majority of the croups' results fell within statistical norms and there was no discernable abnormality to run with. In terms of hourly return, at the level of stakes that I was prepared to punt roulette advantage play certainly ain't a great earner!

In support of my roulette endeavours, I created a number of Excel workbooks and I offer these up free for use by others - simply click on the links below to take you to each page. Please make yourself aware of the terms of use before downloading.

Enjoy with my compliments.

Roulette simulator

Roulette wheel bias analysis tool

Wheel track and layout combination bet comparisons

The book I wrote . . . Understanding Roulette.

Over the last ten years or so I've read many books on the subject of Roulette, and just about all left me more than a tad depressed at the authors' level of understanding of the numbers behind the game, and at the information they provided and their recommendations for getting rich quick; by adopting their "system(s)", creating your own based on tracking past results, "not betting against the wheel" (whatever that means), doubling your bet everytime you lose etc etc. Back in 2018 I bit the bullet and published my own book on the subject - something I hoped would be a pragmatic alternative to the nonsense in circulation and illustrate why, if you play the wheel of doom, the longer you play the more likely it is that you'll end up out of pocket - unless you're an advantage player and have identified an exploitable weakness in your regular wheel or croupier of course.

If you feel the urge to take a look, I've included links below to my publisher's web page and to its Amazon web page. Due to the vagueries of the books market, and common distribution and retail arragements, my intention of dropping a cover price on it of £7.95 had to be ditched and the lowest I could publish it at, that allowed for all of the third parties to take their slice off of each sale (ie retailer markup and distributor's fees) and still leave me with a few pennies was £12.95. You can purchase the Kindle/Electronic version for £4.99 if that seems a tad on the steep side.

What's inside? If you visit either of the two pages below, or query Mr Google, you can "look inside" and see the table of contents and get a feel for the flavour of the content. You certainly won't find any "get rich quick" schemes between the covers (if you're after something like this, save your money and purchase something else) but explanations of why, when you play roulette, you win some, lose some and over time there's a greater probability of having less in your pocket than you started with than more. There is a chapter on advantage play, although if I were to publish it now I'd re-write this one and elaborate on the points made. I've also included a chapter on problem gambling (something I've never seen in any other title about the wheel of doom) and contact details for help if you feel your punting endeavours have crossed the line to somewhere dark.

Overall this title represents my endeavours to counter all of the nonsense that's published around getting rich playing roulette with such monotonous regularity - an interesting exercise to write and produce it, but as it's got a fair way to make it on to one of the best-sellers lists I doubt I'll be repeating it any time soon. If you do feel the urge to part with the money equivalent of one or two spins of the wheel and check it out, then I hope it goes some way to putting you in an informed place regarding the prospects of having a longer term relationship with the wheel of doom!

Understanding Roulette for sale by my publisher (Troubador Publishing)

Understanding Roulette for sale at Amazon

2nd January 2023.