Bad Habits That Make Roulette Players Lose Money

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You can develop several bad habits when you play roulette. And every single bad roulette habit costs you money. But it’s easy to eliminate all of your bad roulette habits.

In fact, you can eliminate all of your bad roulette habits in the time it takes to read this article. And there’s nothing complicated about it. You just have to learn what the bad habits are, then follow the simple steps to break these bad habits.

Here’s a list of five bad habits that real money roulette gamblers fall into and how each habit costs them money.

Using Roulette Betting Systems

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past four decades gambling. And in that time, I think I’ve tried just about every casino system known to man. And the thing that I’ve found is that there isn’t a single real roulette system that can beat the game unless you cheat or find a biased wheel.

A biased wheel is the dream for roulette players worldwide, but the simple fact is that they really don’t exist. And if you do find one, the casino is going to figure it out quickly and replace the wheel. And cheating is a terrible idea because when you get caught, you’re likely going to jail.

Almost every roulette system promises huge wins. But they actually deliver huge losses. It doesn’t matter how good the sales pitch and the math looks; the fact is that if you use a roulette system, you’re going to lose money. And you’re probably going to eventually lose more than you’d lose if you simply played and made small wagers.

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Please learn from my experience. Smart gamblers learn from the experience of others so they don’t have to suffer the same losses, proving that something doesn’t work. My experience shows that roulette systems simply don’t work.

You can save a lot of money by accepting this and moving on. If you simply have to prove it to yourself, test your system using free online roulette. And make sure you test it using a minimum of 100,000 spins.

And I’m going to let you in on a secret: Even if your system shows a profit on 100,000 spins, it’s still not going to be a long-term winning system. I know this because there’s math behind roulette and there isn’t a system that can overcome this math.

Placing More Than One Wager per Spin

You can place as many wagers on every roulette spin as you want. Many gamblers place two or more wagers per spin. And some roulette systems require multiple wagers per spin.

The problem with placing more than one wager on a roulette spin is that it increases the amount of money that you risk. And roulette is built in a way that increases the amount the casino makes when more money is risked.

Here are some simple numbers to show you this in action. You’re playing roulette and make a $30 wager on red. And over the course of a month, you make 1,000 bets. This means that you’re risking a total amount for the month of $30,000. Now, instead of making a $30 wager on red, you make this wager and make a $30 wager on odd. This means that you’re risking $60,000 over the course of the month.

I’m going to cover more about roulette odds and the house advantage in the next section. But for this example, you’re playing on a roulette wheel with a 2.7% casino edge. Your expected loss on $30,000 worth of roulette wagers is $810. Your expected loss on $60,000 worth of roulette wagers is $1,620.

It doesn’t matter that sometimes you win both wagers and that you win one or the other wager most of the time. The casino edge is based on all of the outcomes, including wins and losses. And the edge the casino has is going to come true in the long run.

The only thing you’re doing when you make two or more wagers on one roulette spin is losing more money.

Playing on the Wrong Roulette Wheel

All roulette wheels look about the same. They have some red numbers and some black numbers, and they have at least one green space. But not all roulette wheels are the same. And the variant of roulette you play on has a great deal to do with how much you win or lose.

The first thing you need to do is learn how many spaces each roulette wheel has. Bad roulette wheels have 38 spaces or more. A roulette wheel with 38 spaces has a casino edge of 5.26%. If the wheel has more than 38 spaces, the casino edge is even worse.

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A roulette wheel that has 37 spaces has a casino edge of either 2.7% or 1.35%. These wheels look the same, but the casino edge is different based on the rules being used. In order to play on a roulette wheel with a 1.35% casino edge, you need to find a wheel using French rules.

French rules have the same casino edge as other 37 space wheels on most of the available wagers, but on the even-money wagers, the edge for the casino is only 1.35%.

The main takeaway from this section is that you should play French Roulette. Any other roulette wheel makes you lose faster and costs you more money in the long run.

Betting Anything But the Casino Table Minimum

Every roulette table has a minimum bet amount and a maximum wager amount. You already learned that the more you risk playing roulette, the more it means you lose.

Why would you ever risk more than the bare minimum when you play roulette? I hope the answer from this point forward is that you’re never going to risk more than the minimum.

The best advice I can give is to play roulette online if you’re going to play at all. The online roulette tables usually have smaller bet limits, so you can play for $1 in many places. Even if you have to risk $5, it’s much less than when you play in a live casino.

You also might be able to secure a roulette bonus when you play online, and you control the speed of gameplay.

Chasing Gambling Losses

Almost every casino gambler falls for the trap of getting behind, making larger bets, and hoping that they win enough to make up for their losses. This is called chasing your losses, and this is one of the mistakes that gamblers should never make.

I hope you understand from what you’ve already learned on this page why chasing losses is a bad idea. But if you’re still not sure, don’t worry. I’m going to explain it again.

When you chase your roulette losses, you bet more. And what did you learn about betting more in the section about placing more than one wager on each roulette spin? You learned that it simply makes you lose more money.

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The belief of most roulette players when they chase losses is that because they’ve been losing that they’re due for a win. This is a type of gambler’s fallacy, and it’s been proven time and time again to create more long-term losses.

It’s true that in the long run that red and black are going to come up a roughly equal number of times. But the long run covers millions of spins, and anything can happen over the course of five or 10 or even 100 spins that doesn’t have anything to do with long-term expectations.

Anything that you do, including chasing losses, that puts more money at risk when you play roulette is just costing you more money in the long run. This is why you should stop chasing your roulette losses.


Roulette systems do only one thing to roulette gamblers, and it isn’t good. Systems give you a false sense of hope, but in the long run they just cost you more money than you lose if you play using small wagers and a good wheel.

When you place more than one wager on a spin, you’re simply increasing how much you’re risking, which increases how much you’re going to lose. This is the same issue you have when you get in the habit of risking more than the table minimum amount at the roulette table.

Learn about the different types of roulette wheels so you can always play on the best wheel, and never chase your losses. This is how you avoid bad roulette habits.