Avoid Playing American Roulette
Never play American roulette! American roulette, or double zero roulette, features both a zero and a double zero on its wheel. This gives the player another opportunity to lose when making a bet. European roulette, or single zero roulette, has just one 0 on its board, making it much more player friendly. The house edge in single zero roulette is 2.6%, which is very reasonable for a casino game, especially one as entertaining as roulette, this number doubles to a 5.2% house edge in double zero roulette, which is not fair to the player. If you want to have any shot of fairing well in the long term you will do everything in your power to avoid American roulette, period.
Avoid online casinos that only offer American roulette, ignore actual casinos that fail to offer European roulette. Double zero roulette simply crosses the line, it is a case of casinos becoming too greedy. Most casinos in vegas do offer some form of European roulette because there is simply too much competition not to, but casinos in smaller areas often only offer single zero roulette.
Avoid 5 number bets. All bets in roulette have the exact same house edge (2.6% in single zero roulette, 5.2% in double zero roulette), except for one, the five number bet. You get to choose any five numbers you wish, if the ball lands on any of the numbers, you cash in on a big 6 to 1 payout. This may seem like a nice deal, but it is not. The house edge in this bet is a whopping 7.9%, light years ahead of the 5.2% you will experience with all of the other roulette bets. Only beginners who do not know better make 5 number bets. This bet seems like a decent blend of a high payout and a nice probability of winning, but that is not the case. You will never succeed in the long run when you are getting a 6 to 1 payout and you only have a 13.1% chance of winning the bet. Avoiding 5 number bets is a great way to make your bankroll last longer.
Limit the number of spins that you play. This is one piece of strategy that you will not see elsewhere. Whenever I play roulette I focus on winning and then getting out as soon as I can. The edge favors the house in roulette, there is not getting around that. If you insist on playing 1,000 hands, theoretically, you will lose more money then you take in. After a large enough sample size, odds and probabilities start to take over. You can not escape the math involved here, trust me. You can know everything about the game of roulette and still lose consistently, that is just the way the game is.