6 Ways to Stop Losing at Roulette

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It’s hard to find roulette games that use the best rules. And even when you do find these games, you’re still playing the game at a disadvantage. I enjoy playing roulette as much as most other gamblers, but I don’t play for real money as often anymore.

Personally, I’ve switched to free roulette play for the most part, and you might consider doing the same thing once you learn how often roulette results in losses. You’re going to understand exactly how that happens in this article.

You’re also going to learn everything that you need to know if you decide that free roulette play isn’t for you.

1 – Have You Considered Free Roulette?

I’m going to share a secret that came to me when I was testing roulette systems. I spent parts of several years testing different roulette systems because I enjoy systems.

When you test a roulette system, the only way to do it is by using free roulette games. Roulette systems always break down eventually, so you don’t want to risk your own money when you test them.

What I found was that I get the same level of enjoyment and entertainment playing roulette for free as I get from playing roulette for real money.

This came as a surprise to me because I hate playing free poker but enjoy playing poker for real money. The difference is that I can actually win playing poker and I have no long-term chance to beat roulette.

If you’ve never tries playing roulette for free I strongly recommend trying it. You might find that it’s just as much fun as playing for real money, and it’s sure to be much easier on your bankroll. And if you tried it in the past and didn’t like it, try it again using one of the popular gambling systems like the Martingale.

2 – Refuse to Play American Roulette

Close to 100% of available roulette tables use one of three rule sets. These tables are usually known as American, European, and French roulette. But these names can be misleading because they’re not universally used.

I’m going to quickly cover all three of these rule sets in this section and the next two sections. And I’m also going to show you why you must refuse to play any roulette games that don’t use a special rule set that’s only found at French tables.

American Roulette is basically any table that uses 38 spaces, including a 00. I mentioned that almost 100% of roulette tables use one of the three popular rule sets above. If you ever find a roulette table that doesn’t use one of these three rule sets, you can ignore it. These rare roulette games are terrible, so you should never try them.

You should avoid roulette tables that use American rules because the edge the casino has is almost twice as high as it has on European Roulette tables, and it’s almost four times worse than roulette tables with French rules. You need to refuse to play roulette at tables that use American rules.

3 – European Rules Are Better But Not Enough

European rules for roulette are almost exactly the same as the rules found at American Roulette and French Roulette tables. You’re going to learn about the important French rules difference in the next section.

The only difference between an American and European roulette table is how many spaces are on the table and wheel. European rules have 37 spaces, with no 00 space. Everything else, including the pay outs, is the same as an American rules wheel.

This small difference makes a big difference in your return, and you can see why if you do a simple math equation.

You get paid 1 to 1 when you bet on black on each table. You win 18 out of 37 times on one table and 18 out of 38 times on the other. If you bet $20 on each spin, you lose a total of $20 on 37 spins at one table and $40 on 38 spins on the other.

While the average doesn’t quite equal an extra $20 playing on an American table, it’s close. This is why a European Roulette table is always better than an American one. But a French rules table is even better. Let me show you why.

4 – Prison Is Best

You might find the title to this section a little weird, but there’s a good reason for using it. A special rule that’s only available in French Roulette table is called “in prison,” or in some places it’s called “en prison.” They mean the same thing.

On any even money wager, like black, if you lose your wager, it’s put “in prison” until the next spin. When you win the next spin, your money is then released from prison and you get it back. You also get the payout from your wager on the second spin.

The only way to lose your money that’s in prison is to lose the second spin. This effectively cuts the edge that the casino has in half when you make one of the even money payout wagers.

Roulette tables that use the prison rule are difficult to find in land-based casinos. But they’re easy to find when you play online roulette or play the game in mobile casinos. And this is the only version of roulette that you should ever play if you want to make profit in the long term.

5 – Do Roulette Comps Matter?

How many casinos have you gambled in? How many comp programs are you signed up for?

Hopefully, the answer to these two questions is the same. You should only gamble where you can get comps, and you should get comps everywhere you decide to gamble regularly.

Comp schemes don’t change the games that you’re already playing. You can play the same roulette games that you always play in the exact same way. But instead of getting nothing back for your roulette play, you can win other rewards to make up for it.

I want to be clear about something to make sure that you understand. No comp scheme is going to eliminate your losses when you play roulette. But it’s better to get compensated with a free meal or a one-night stay that you were likely going to pay for anyway.

Overall, though, roulette comps don’t make a big difference. So, if you don’t want to give your information to the casino, that’s understandable. But the fact is, comps programs still reward you in some way, shape, or form. And in most cases, it’s better to get something for your losses than nothing at all.

6 – Using Roulette Bonus Offers

Have you ever received a bonus to play mobile or online roulette? At first, it might have seemed like it was too good to be true. And if you had the same experience as most online gamblers, the odds are good that it did turn out to be too good to be true.

Here’s Exactly What Roulette Bonus Offers Do:

Roulette bonus offers give you more money to play roulette with, which means that you can play longer than usual and well before you run out of money.

Notice that the last sentence ended with you running out of money. This is exactly what happens if you continue playing roulette every time. You run out of money.

No bonus is going to keep you from losing. Every time you place a wager at the roulette table, you’re losing money, and that happens whether or not you’re playing with a bonus.

Does this mean that you shouldn’t use roulette bonuses?

This isn’t what I’m trying to help you understand. I recommend using roulette bonuses whenever you can get them because they don’t change the long-term results of playing.

It’s better to play with twice as much money in your bankroll because it allows you to be entertained for a longer period of time. Keeping your bankroll afloat is the only thing that roulette bonuses are good for; it’s not necessarily helping you make more money.


When you take advantage of free mobile or online roulette games, you can’t win any money, but you can’t lose any money either. And if you can learn to enjoy playing free roulette as much as real money roulette, you can save a lot of money.

If you can’t get the same excitement playing roulette for free as you get playing for cash, it’s important to learn which roulette variants you should choose. Look for wheels that have the “en prison” rule.

While you should get comps wherever you can as a roulette layer, they don’t make an astounding difference in the end. Most often, roulette bonuses aren’t as good as they look either.

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...

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