Roulette Myths and Psychology by

There are many myths that surround the roulette table. Here on you can learn about some of those roulette myths and the psychology behind the stories right here.

Roulette Myths & Psychology:

The odds of every roulette bet is exactly the same on the next spin as it was on the spin before. However experience has shown us that there is a limit to - how many times in a row the small roulette ball will land on a red number - or how many times in a row it will not land on a red number. However the reason for this can be easily explained with mathematics.

This is also a statistical fact: The outcome of the next game has nothing to do with what the outcome was on the spins before - or any other game in the past for that matter. As the famous nuclear scientists Niels Bord said to his father at the age of ten: 'The roulette ball has no memory dad'.

Still, many players bet on 'sleeping numbers' - numbers that have not been hit for a long time. There is no mathematical logic behind such a bet - the chances of that number coming up is 1 out of 36 numbers on every spin - so just because one number has been 'sleeping' does not make it more likely that the roulette ball will land on that number the next spin. On the other hand, a bet on a sleeping number has just as big a chance of winning as any other single number bet - so go ahead if you are a fan of 'sleeping numbers'.

Similar superstitions can be experienced with many casino games - casinos are filled with myths, superstitions and 'advice' that does not have anything to do with mathematical facts and statistics. Superstition is a common thing when it comes to gambling - I bet casinos would do well to have a special shop for lucky charms like rabbits feet and horseshoes.

You have probably also heard the expression - 'this is my lucky night'. I don't exactly believe in luck, but I do believe that a player who has started out lucky by winning a bit will play with more concentration than the player who started out on a losing streak. I believe that this is a natural human reaction - call it roulette psychology or human nature.

One could say that the player who is winning is open to receive some luck - or one could claim that the player who is winning is more focused and don't make any mistakes. Compare this to the player who starts out by losing, who will often become a bit depressed and start playing foolishly in an attempt to 'catch up', or who may adopt the 'it doesn't matter what I do, I'll lose anyway' - mentality (which becomes a self fulfilling destiny). Call it good luck or bad luck or call it human psychology.

Whatever you call it, you should stop playing roulette if you don't have fun and if you feel that you keep losing no matter what you do. Gambling is entertainment, not a fast (or predictable) way to earn some money.

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