4 Roulette Facts You Probably Don’t Know About

Roulette is one of the most recognizable and popular casino games. It’s been a centrepiece of many movies and TV series across the years and has become somewhat of a trademark when it comes to casino gambling.

The game’s popularity can be explained by its fast-paced gameplay and simplicity, which is why it’s a go-to game for many gamblers. That being said, there are some things about roulette that even seasoned gamblers probably don’t know. In this article, we will go through four of them.

Fact 1: The Devil’s Game

If you have been in the company of experienced roulette players, you might have heard them call Roulette by a different name – either the Devil’s Wheel or Devil’s Game. The name sure sounds interesting or scary depending on whom you ask, but where does it come from?

We have to admit, the real reason is not as interesting as one might think. There isn’t a spooky story involved like a pact of one man with a devil over a game of roulette. The real reason is very simple. The numbers on the roulette wheel add up to 666, and in the Bible, this is the number that represents the devil.

The nickname may come from a very simple reason, but for most gamblers, it also has a symbolic meaning. Unlucky roulette streaks have made many of them feel like they spent the night in hell rather than in a casino.

Fact 2: All or Nothing

Our next story sounds like it comes straight from a Hollywood movie. In 2004, an Englishman bet all he had on a single roulette spin. The man’s name is Ashley Revell, and he decided to sell everything he had, his home, and his close included and put it on a single spin of the roulette wheel.

After selling all of his possessions, the real estate agent had £76 840, which translates to around $136 000. He then booked a plane to Las Vegas, visiting the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

After joining a game of roulette, Ashley bet all of his money on red. And he actually won! Well, you could have guessed the outcome the moment we said the story was like from a Hollywood movie. He won around $270,000, and the best thing is that the whole thing was filmed by Sky, a British TV Channel. The movie is available on youtube as a part of the series Double or Nothing.

Strategically, this was the best way to win money on roulette. In roulette, the house has an edge, and if you decide to put your money on the stake, the best way is to place the fewest bets that you can because, in the long run, your chances of being profitable get slimmer and slimmer.

Fact 3: The Strategy Won’t Help You

Casino games can be split into two categories, the games of luck and the games of skill. Games of luck always have the house edge built-in, while the games of skill are played against other players, and you only pay a fee to the casino for hosting the game.

Roulette is a game of luck, and as such, the house edge ranges from 1.35% to 7.7%, depending on the type of roulette. Thanks to this fact, a winning roulette strategy doesn’t exist, no matter how much online “experts” want you to believe otherwise.

Because it doesn’t matter how well educated, smart and knowledgeable you are, you can’t compete with math and the theory of probability. Even the “best” roulette systems only look good at first sight, but after quick math and real-world testing, we can conclude that it was just too good to be true.

To give you an example, let’s talk about one of the most popular gambling systems in the world, Martingale. The main strategy of this system is to double your money after you lose a bet. When you win, you will cover your losses and win some more. This strategy sounds decent in theory, but in reality, there are two important facts why it doesn’t work. The first one is that you don’t have an unlimited bankroll, and the second one is that casinos have betting limits.

When you decide to play roulette, have fun, don’t try to use some kind of a system because it will not work, and you will be so focused on implementing it that you will forget to have fun.

However if you are interested in strategies check out our roulette strategies section. Due to the high interest of our readers, we explained the main 4 strategies with examples.

Fact 4: Roulette Etiquette

You have probably watched James Bond play roulette, and like with all things 007 does, he made the game look elegant. But the thing you probably don’t know is that roulette is one of the casino games that has a set of rules and behaviours that players are expected to follow. If you want to play roulette at a casino, you should know a few of them:

  • You should only buy chips in between spins. This rule prevents the game from being interrupted.
  • If you are hungry, you should eat away from the table. Eating at the table is bad manners and will just make a mess.

While above is the list of good manners, there are also some rules that players must follow to protect the integrity of the game:

  • Players can have monetary possessions like chips and cash at the table, and they can have personal possessions like drinks and cigarettes at hand too, but bigger things like purses are not allowed. This is because they block vision and can be used to cheat.
  • Players are not allowed to give money to the croupier directly. They must put it on the table.

After the croupier’s famous declaration of “no more bets”, players could not make any more changes to their bets.


Even though roulette has been a part of the gambling scene for decades, there are still some things that most players don’t know. We hope that we have helped you learn something new and useful that you can use to impress your friends the next time a roulette story comes up.

Author: Lucas Arauz
Lucas Arauz is our senior casino analyst and chief editor of TopCasinoSites.BET. He loves playing all kind of games but roulette is his favourite. He's looking for payouts, withdrawals, safety and other aspects of a casino site. Alex is passionate about learning new languages and travel around the world.

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