# Avoiding the Worst Bets in American Roulette

To play roulette can be both exciting and fun. Avoiding the worst bets in American roulette will help spin you into the wheel of winning! First, let’s understand the differences between American and European roulette. Unlike European roulette that only contains one zero, American roulette has two zero numbers, which is a single and a double zero. In American roulette, the house had an additional advantage of 5.26% (versus a 2.63% in European roulette).

The addition of zeros isn’t the only difference between American and European roulette. American roulette is thought to be less confusing to play. Why, because American roulette uses “non-value” chips. What does this mean? It means that all the chips that belong to the player are of the same value that is determined before the game starts, at the time the chips are purchased; the player cashes in these chips at the roulette table. The confusing part about European roulette is that it uses regular casino chips of different values as the bets.

In American roulette, the roulette table is much smaller than the European one. Instead of a long stick (called a rake) used to collect the chips, as is the case in European roulette, the dealer in American roulette will gather the chips by hands; there’s just no need for a rake when the table is much smaller.

Avoiding the worst bets in American roulette is important in playing the game. There are certain important points you will want to avoid when playing American roulette. Some players attempt to beat the game by implementing various strategies and tactics.

One such tactic is called the Martingale betting strategy. This strategy occurs when a player doubles the bet after each loss in an attempt to win and recover from all prior losses and win an additional profit that is equal to the original bet. The Martingale strategy does not work. Why? It is flawed. It is flawed because as the player continues to play, he or she will inevitably suffer a great financial loss. Over the long term, this strategy will not work. Do not attempt to try it unless you want to lose your money.

Another American roulette betting tactic no-no is called the Fibonacci system. Leonardo Fibonacci (born into the 12th century) studied a number sequence with a specific rule to determine the next number in a sequence. No matter how the American roulette games play out, the Fibonacci as well as the Martingale tactic, will not work. A player is bound to lose sooner or later; you cannot overcome the advantage of the casino.

Avoiding the worst bets in American roulette also involves not buying into a common misconception. This common mistake is to assume that the green numbers are “house numbers” and that a player can gain the house advantage by betting on them. While the house does benefit from having these green numbers (these green numbers are the zero and double zero), these numbers do not benefit the players more as they are not more or less likely to come up than other numbers.

Another betting mistake is betting only on red spaces. Why? The probability of betting on 19 red spins out of 38 is only 37%. The point of breaking even is 19 spins because the bet on Red spots is 2 to 1.