James Bond never loses. That’s make-believe. If you play one number at a time, you’d be bucking 38 to one odds. Your chances of winning would be the same as you being struck by lightning……inside the casino. So 007 playing only number 17 is mythical. Forget it. Play bunches. Look, a single number play returns 35 to one, instead of the natural 38 to one.
That should tell you the house has the edge going in. So what; it’s their house, their casino.
If you don’t like it, leave—get out. But, we wanna have some fun, so we stick around. And using our head, we have a few opportunities to come home with more folding dough than we had leaving la casa. Safe bets in Roulette are the 2 to 1 wagers, call them Outside Numbers: You get 12 numbers from each of the three columns. Pays, as we pointed out, 2 to 1. Next, there’s a wager called Low/High. You can bet numbers One-through-18, or 19 through 26. This pays even money, one-to-one. Cute bets, all of them, although they leave out the zero and double-zero. Ouch.There are two more even money bets: Odd or Even (numbers of course) pays even money, 1-1. And you may choose Red/Black, your call even steven 1-1.Let’s talk bunches. Bet two numbers and get 17 to one. Laying down on three numbers gets you eleven to one; four numbers returns eight to one. The ‘basket’ bet five numbers, up at the top where you find the zero, double zero and the one, two and three, that’s the five number wager returning six to one. And the six number bet gets a return of five to one. O.K., so what’s your pleasure? Let’s give you an old two method. This one is called Sweet 17. We are betting the $5 minimum, and it goes like this: Place one chip on the corner of the single zero and the #1. Take two chips and place them stacked on the corner lines between the #7 and the #10. Next move down the table to the corner lines between the numbers #25 and #28. Looking at the numbers, you have the basket—zero, double zero, and #1, #2, and #3. Pays back five to one. Next you’ve six numbers: #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, and #12. Pays five to one. Finally, six more numbers:#25, #26, #27, #28, #29, and #30….pays five to one. You now have 17 numbers, two short of an even 50-50 bet against the house. Not a 100% cinch, but it’s close……keeps us in the hunt. Let’s say the ball falls in the number #11 hole, we win. We get back five dollars for each chip; we bet two chips so that returns $10 bucks, plus the two we bet. The total in hand is 12 dollars. We lost three; the one chip on the basket bet and the two chip wager #25 through #3o.We ended up $9 ahead of the game. Consider we only have to win six of the sixteen bets to still be ahead $4. I can have a lot of fun playing Roulette this way. Later this week we have another Roulette method, scary but fun.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: If you’re willing to admit faults, you have one less fault to admit.