Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Roulette: The Game of Remarkable Comebacks


In casino gambling, sometimes even the most knowledgable players turn to blind luck to make it through their day. Of course, luck can never be relied on; either things will go the right way for you or they won't. The great thing about casino gambling is that luck has to be with you for only a moment to make a difference in what could've easily been a bad day.

Roulette is, in my opinion, the best game to play where you can turn blind luck into a great casino story to tell your friends.

Recently, my family dragged me down to the casinos of Atlantic City. I'm not going to lie to you - I wasn't feeling very lucky and would've much preferred to stay home. Since I was 'forced' to go, my goal was to go into hiding, play slow and steady, kill time and grind it out until my folks were ready to come back home. I thought I had everything covered.

Well, I spent a little time at the $10 craps tables, but mostly I played $20 pai gow and then some $15 blackjack. I couldn't for the life of me get anything going and instead of treading water, I was bleeding money the whole afternoon. After about 4 hours I was down $435, which could've been worse but it was obviously far from the result I wanted.

I was close to broke and ready to go home as I met back up with my family. Suddenly I had a crazy idea. "I have to do one more thing before we go. I've gotta go to the roulette table." My family gave me an indifferent shrug and followed, as they're mostly slot players and all table games are Greek to them.

The plan was to throw down a few more bucks and try to get back all the money I lost in one shot. I went over the math in my head as I walked over to the roulette table. I was down $435, so I knew a $40 bet at 11-1 could get me back to even. Hopefully.

I found a roulette table and gave $40 to the dealer, to which she handed me 8 red nickels. I reached and put all the chips on '28 Street'. (It's a three number bet - either 28, 29 or 30 would win for me.) The dealer spun, I stood near the roulette wheel, and prayed!

The ball slowed down and bounced around the wheel for several tense seconds as I rooted for one of my three numbers. It popped into number 2 and stayed there for a moment - and then dropped into the number two slots over.

Number 28, black, even.

I went absolutely crazy! I screamed and pumped my fists, hollering and running up and down the aisle as the dealer paid me $440 on my $40 bet - eleven to one - and the floor supervisor tried in vain to get me to calm down. My family was in as much disbelief as I was that I had such a dramatic comeback.

Just like that, I got my money back! I tipped the dealer $5 leaving me with exactly as much money as I came with. I'll take a draw over a loss any day! On that note, we left and headed home. Dinner that night was on me.

It'd be irresponsible of me to recommend you try something like this on a regular basis. American roulette has a house edge of 5.26%, so over the long run this move will lose you more money than you'll win - theoretically 5.26% of what you bet. Roulette's not the best game to play if you plan on sticking around the table for hours and hours because of this house advantage. For a single spin, however, it's pretty much a given that you're relying on luck, so house edge really doesn't matter as much.

If you do choose to try this out the next time your back's against the wall, here are some recommendations:

It's better to bet in a way so that you get just enough to be even for the day as opposed to trying to hit a home run, so to speak. If you're down $350, try betting $10 on a number straight up for a possible 35-1, or $45 on a corner (4-number) bet which would pay 8-1. Sure, you could win more if you bet, say, $25 straight up on one number and it hits, but the odds of it happening are a bit on the long side, and you'd be down that much more money if the play didn't hit.

Consider this type of play a last resort. If it doesn't work the first time, don't try it again! If you do, you could easily be caught in the trap of chasing your money, where your bets would get bigger and bigger with the hopes of hitting just once. Rarely does a bank-chasing situation have a happy ending.

A blind-luck roulette play could very well get you through your next day at the casino, but here hoping it doesn't come down to all that.

Until next time, take care and good luck in the casino!

Shawn Tinling runs 21 Nights Entertainment (http://www.21nights.com), a casino entertainment and events company in New York City. He's an avid player and a full-time casino events dealer.


MORE RESOURCES:

New Hampshire Magazine

The real impact of casino gambling in NH
New Hampshire Magazine
As someone who spends nearly every hour of every day thinking, talking, writing about politics, you can take it from me: your vote this fall will not repeal Obamacare or keep it, it will not lower your taxes or increase them on the rich, it won't stop ...



Channel News Asia

More non-casino gambling operators join centralised self-exclusion scheme
Channel News Asia
SINGAPORE: The centralised self-exclusion scheme, which allows Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) to exclude themselves from casino and non-casino gambling venues, saw 23 new members on Tuesday (Sep 23). The four-month old ...

and more »


Al Jazeera America

The winners and losers of casino gambling
Al Jazeera America
Today 39 states host casino gambling of some kind, in addition to an explosion of Internet sites. Because of this new competition, betting meccas across the nation are increasingly feeling the heat. New Jersey's gambling revenue, for example, fell by ...
Up Close: Casino GamblingWABC-TV
As Casino Gambling Busts, Atlantic City Firms Play OnMondaq News Alerts (registration)
Atlantic City: When The One Trick Pony FailsMetroJacksonville.com
Toledo Blade -Newsday -NJ TODAY
all 463 news articles »


Ohio casino gambling: Has it met your expectations?
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
Slots on the second floor of Horseshoe Cleveland Casino, which celebrated its second anniversary on May 14. (Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer) (Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer). Print · Amanda Harnocz, Northeast Ohio Media Group By Amanda Harnocz, ...
Editorials from around OhioWTRF

all 16 news articles »


The Diane Rehm Show

The Future of Casino Gambling
The Diane Rehm Show
A dealer works the blackjack table during the grand opening of the newest building at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on December 17, 2010 in Coconut Creek, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images. The Future of Casino Gambling. Across the country, states ...

and more »


abc40

Massachusetts bishops issue statement for repeal of casino gambling law
Attleboro Sun Chronicle
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, walks to the front entrance of St. Martha Church in Plainville during a visit last October. Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 10:23 am, Tue Sep 16, 2014. Massachusetts bishops issue statement for repeal of ...
Casinos spending big to fight ballot questionWicked Local Hopkinton
Roman Catholic bishops support casino law repealTurn to 10

all 48 news articles »


Letter: Taube on casino gambling in North Jersey
Shore News Today
It's crazy to consider gaming up north at a time when four casino properties recently shuttered as a result of increased gaming competition in the northeast. Those in favor of gaming up north claim that projections show it will help Atlantic City. But ...



School executives association neutral on casino gambling; opposes open ...
Chalkbeat Colorado
The Colorado Association of School Executives, the advocacy group that represents school administrators statewide, has decided to take a neutral position on Amendment 68, the November ballot measure that would allow expansion of casino gambling and ...



Lieutenant governor candidates split on casino gambling; Democrats agree on ...
The Republican - masslive.com
The four candidates for lieutenant governor are split on whether to repeal the state's casino gambling law. Steve Kerrigan, a former aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy and the head of a non-profit that helps military families, is competing with Mike Lake, CEO ...

and more »


Aljazeera.com

Is casino gambling a safe bet for Japan?
Aljazeera.com
In conjunction with a booming tourism industry, Japan has set its sights on allowing casinos in time for 2020 Olympics. Michael Penn Last updated: 04 Sep 2014 09:16. Listen. Email Article. Email. Print Article. Print. Share article. Share. Send Feedback.

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.