Can Roulette Dealers Make You Lose?
How Roulette Outcomes are determined!
Roulette is fashioned off the centuries-old game known created by Blaise Pascal. This French mathematician, scientist, and inventor was attempting to create a perpetual motion machine when he stumbled upon roulette.
The modern game features a wheel with numbers 0, 1-36 for European Roulette and French Roulette wheels, and numbers 0, 00, 1-36 for American Roulette. In all cases, roulette wheels are constructed in such a way that the ball has an equal likelihood of landing in any slot.
In European Roulette, the house edge is 2.70%, and in French Roulette the house edge can go as low as 1.35% when La Partage comes into play.
American Roulette has the least player-friendly odds at 5.26%, given that there is an additional 00 on the wheel, and the straight up odds are 35:1. All this mathematics and probability analysis says nothing of the human component of the game – the croupier.
This begs the question: Can the roulette dealer influence the outcomes of Roulette games, and if so how would that impact the player?
How Are Roulette Outcomes Determined?
Possible Ways That a Dealer Can Influence Roulette Games
In the days of old, Roulette dealers may have been conspiring with certain players to collect winnings off their bets by providing information to them.
Possible Cheating Methods – There are several ways that roulette scams would have been implemented, notably magnetised balls, unbalanced roulette wheels, biased roulette wheels, dealer intervention with spins (scratching roulette wheels, placing obstructions on the wheels such as glue, stickers etc.). In a modern-day casino or online casino, however, it is near impossible for such practices to take place.
Casino Regulations – As you may know casinos are subject to some of the strictest regulations in the world, and they are watched by the proverbial eye in the sky – cameras everywhere. The movie Casino starring Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, James Woods, and other heavyweight actors was perhaps the best example of how tight security is at Vegas-style establishments.
The casino has eyes everywhere – For starters, roulette croupiers are watched by their pit bosses and fellow dealers. All of these people are watched by players at the table, and everyone is watched by the cameras and fraud prevention security experts in the offices upstairs. All outcomes are recorded on the roulette board, and any bias that is apparent will immediately be investigated and reported.
Strict penalties – From a dealer’s perspective, it is disingenuous to attempt anything that would favour one player or another, or alternatively disadvantage a player. The dealer’s job is on the line, and criminal charges could be pressed if wrongdoing, fraud or criminal conduct is suspected.
Dealer bias could give you an advantage – On a more practical level, it may be possible for dealers to disadvantage players in less obvious ways. For example, once the dealer has called no more bets, there is a timeframe of leniency which may be permitted. A dealer who does not like certain players at the table may be stricter with allowing his/her bets than they are with players whom they do like. It could be argued that such tactics could lose players money, especially if the player makes a point of complaining after the fact.
Why Would a Dealer Want a Player to Lose?
This is an important question to answer, since it goes to the heart of why a dealer would blacken his/her name in the first place. It should be known that it is unethical, unwarranted, and illegal for a dealer to participate in behaviour that would cause a player to lose. Further, most people suspect that there is little that a dealer can do to change the outcome of a roulette spin. Or is there?
The mathematics behind cheating – Mathematicians and scientists argue that a dealer could possibly have a bearing on roulette outcomes by releasing the ball when the roulette wheel is in a certain quadrant. The theoretical probability of such outcomes is slim, but with the right amount of practice, it is possible that a dealer using the right momentum, velocity, dexterity, and movement when releasing the ball could land that ball in a specific quadrant of the roulette wheel with greater frequency.
When you win, the dealer wins – It remains to be seen how many roulette dealers have the requisite skills to release the ball with that amount of precision on every spin. Further, dealers typically benefit from players who win. If your number comes up on a roulette wheel, your payouts could be as high as 35: 1 for straight up bets. At £100, that translates into £3,500 in winnings. Roulette players who win are more likely to handsomely tip the dealer than players who lose. Plus, the roulette croupier stands to gain nothing from losing players since all the money goes to the casino and not to the croupier.
Is It Possible for Roulette Spins to Become Predictable?
Biased wheel vs biased dealer
Only a biased roulette wheel will generate consistently biased results. These would then be labeled predictable results given that they would land with a greater degree of frequency. We have already discussed how a dealer could be professionally trained to release the ball with absolute precision time and again. The confluence of rotor speeds and ball revolutions around the wheel would need to be perfectly synchronised for the dealer to generate predictable outcomes on spins.Signature moves can show patterns
Sure, there are margins of error in these activities, but the dealer would need to have a great degree of precision to make it functional at a moment’s notice. Most roulette dealers do not have the necessary skills to pull this off on a whim. However, it is theoretically possible to generate predictable spins knowing the dealer’s signature movements. After thousands of spins, the dealer becomes adept at doing things a certain way and you can more or less ascertain how many revolutions the ball will make around the wheel before coming to a stop in one of the pockets. The dealer may not target a specific number with any degree of accuracy, but he/she will certainly be able to target quadrants and it is these quadrants which players will be betting on.
Can the Dealer Target Individual Numbers in Roulette, or Avoid Individual Numbers?
We have just learned that it is entirely possible, although unlikely, for a dealer to intentionally alter the natural outcomes of a roulette spin. There is a difference between avoiding specific numbers on a roulette wheel and targeting specific numbers on a roulette wheel. The actions of dealers will be evident in the amount of force they use to spin the ball around the wheel.
Avoiding numbers is tough. For starters, the roulette wheel would have to be perfectly balanced and all conditions would have to be 100% favourable. A great amount of skill is needed to accurately spin the ball around the wheel at the precise velocity and under the right conditions to land in a certain slot. The dealer will also have to be mindful of the release point of the ball to avoid certain numbers from coming up.
It is possible to avoid specific areas of the wheel, from a cursory understanding of the physics. But is it likely? Highly doubtful. This is not something that typical roulette players ever need to concern themselves with since the dealer has such little wiggle room to work with when avoiding specific numbers on the wheel. In terms of targeting numbers on the roulette wheel, that is infinitely more difficult for the dealer. Spin speeds would need to be readjusted, and since dealers are only human – after all – this cannot be done with any degree of precision or accuracy.
Conduct the Roulette Tests for Yourself
To evaluate the likelihood of any of these outcomes – avoiding numbers or hitting numbers, get yourself a roulette wheel. Try as many different spin styles, release strategies, positioning and targeting techniques as possible. You will quickly learn that it is difficult, if not near impossible to land on a number, or avoid a number.
To cut a long story short, it is theoretically possible to have a dealer influence the outcome of a roulette spin, but it is unlikely. Unless you’re using a biased roulette wheel, and the dealer/player are in cahoots, it will be rather difficult to target a specific sector and even more difficult to target an individual number. The likelihood of a dealer influencing outcomes in roulette is so small that it is not even worth worrying about.