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Biggest mistakes new players make while playing roulette

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Roulette is one of the easiest casino games for a new player to learn. The rules of the game are simple; place your chips on the betting table, with a ball is spun on the iconic roulette wheel. Where the ball ends up on the wheel determines whether you make a win or not.

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Once you have watched the game in action for a couple of rounds you’ll have a good grasp on how to play and some idea on betting strategies you might want to use. In roulette there’s two main approaches you can take; you can make safer bets and play more conservatively, like choosing to bet that the ball will land on odds or evens.

The other approach is to place riskier bets in the hope that you’ll strike a win and receive a larger payout in return. Regardless of how you choose to approach roulette as a new player, there are some universal mistakes that a lot of new players make. Here are common mistakes punters new to roulette make, and how to avoid them.

Heading into a roulette session without setting a spending limit. People who are new to roulette often have no concept of engaging and immersive the game can be. Roulette is a fast-paced game and it’s easy to wash away serious amounts of money if you have no idea of how much you are spending and how much you are okay spending.

What you should do: Before playing any casino game, it’s important to have a clear idea of how much you are comfortable losing in the one session of play. Setting up a fixed bankroll is essential to ensuring you don’t go over your personal limits, but also in having an overall enjoyable time at the tables. Once you have lost the amount you’ve set out for yourself, call it quits for the day.

They unwaveringly stick to a betting system, even if it’s not working for them. There are many betting systems and strategies out there for roulette. While some players may feel that certain strategies work for them, there is no absolute winning formula for roulette. As an example; many follow the Martingale betting system, where a punter doubles their bets after every loss with the thinking that they will hit a win eventually and recoup their losses. However this system only works if there are no maximum bets and you have the capacity to double every losing bet without running out of money. More often than not, roulette tables have a set maximum bet which prevents players from going to high with this system.

What you should do: Again, there is no ultimate winning strategy that is guaranteed to win you lots of money. If you want to use a betting strategy only do so keeping within your means – don’t bet more money than you’re comfortable losing for a betting system.

They don’t know all their betting options. How the roulette works is pretty easy to pick up but new players are often unaware of all their betting options in the game of roulette. This limits them in how they can play the game.

What you should do: Learn all the bets there are in roulette and keep your options open. You can make inside bets which are; single number, split, street, corner, six-line, trio, basket and top line. Or you can make outside bets which are; 1-18 and 19-36, evens, odds, red, black, dozens, columns, and snake bet. For more info on betting options in roulette, visit our rules page.

They don’t know the odds of the game. There are many different possible outcomes that you can bet on in roulette. The exact odds vary depending on whether you are playing American, European or French roulette variations, but in general the riskier the best the higher the payout. Yes, this could mean you win more money, but if you’re consecutively betting on individual numbers it’s most likely that you’ll chew through your chips fast.

What you should do: Learn the odds of roulette and make smart betting choices based on that information. For more on the odds of American and European roulette, visit our odds page. The higher payout bets are less likely to be landed, so be aware of that when playing.