Showtime- Roulette vs Blackjack!
Which one is best to play? Karamba explores the options for you!
Imagine you were given the choice between only two casino games: Roulette or Blackjack? What would you pick? It’s a tough choice, and ultimately it boils down to personal preferences. Let’s take a look!
It’s Showtime Folks! Roulette vs Blackjack
The Roulette Facts You Need to Know
Every Spin is Random
The most important thing to remember when playing Roulette is this: every outcome is 100% independent of all prior outcomes. Let that sink in for a moment. This means that if 17 red numbers land consecutively, the next spin is not more or less likely to be red, or black, or green. It could be any of them. Likewise, if the number 7 has not landed in the past 100 spins, it does not mean that it is more likely to come up on the next spin. This seems utterly bizarre, but it’s true.
Roulette Odds Never Change
Over the long-term, the odds of any individual number in American Roulette will always be 1/38 on every single spin. This is because there are 38 numbers on the Roulette wheel and every number has an equal probability of coming good. Recall that there is a 0 and a 00 in American Roulette, in addition to numbers 1-36.
Better odds on European & French Roulette Wheels
Now let’s take a look at European Roulette and French Roulette games. The odds of any number occurring in these games is significantly better for the player at 1/37. Why? Because there are 37 numbers on European and French Roulette wheels. A green 0 and numbers 1-36 characterise these games. Therefore, your odds increase from 2.63% in American Roulette per number to 2.70% in European Roulette and French Roulette.
Debunking Roulette Betting Strategies – They Simply Don’t Work
Many folks are unaware that betting strategies simply don’t work. At best, they are ineffective bankroll management techniques. Many such betting strategies exist, including Martingale, Reverse Martingale, Fibonacci, the James Bond system, and D’Alembert among others. If you fancy your chances on black numbers in Roulette, remember that the odds are always 18/38 in American Roulette and 18/37 in European and French Roulette.
The same is true of red numbers in Roulette, odd numbers and even numbers. In fact, everything is always fixed in Roulette games. Since each new spin is a new game with the same odds, it doesn’t matter what happened previously. Can we apply the same thinking to the game of Blackjack? Let’s find out.
The Ever-Changing Odds in a Game of Blackjack
So, to cut a long story short, the chance of hitting an odd number in Roulette, or an even number, is 18/38. That translates into 47.37%. Simply put, you will win this bet 47.37% of the time and lose this bet 52.63% of the time. It’s almost like a coin toss, with a slight advantage to the house. Note the difference between 47.37% and 52.63%? It’s exactly 5.26%! Even on individual number bets where the odds are 1/38, or 2.63%, the house edge is still 5.26%.
If Roulette has fixed odds every time you spin the wheel, can the same be said of Blackjack? Absolutely not! Every card that is dealt from a regular 52-card deck in Blackjack changes the odds dramatically. Let’s imagine all the 10-value cards in a regular deck of 52 cards:
- There are 4 suits and Jacks, Queens and Kings.
- There are 4 x 4 cards out of 52 cards that are 10-value cards. In percentages that translates into 30.8% of the deck.
This means that you have about 3/10 of a probability of hitting a 10-value card during the first deal.
How do these odds affect your gameplay?
Well, there’s a 30% probability of being dealt a 10-value card by the dealer. However, if you are holding a 10 and a Jack, and the dealer is showing a King, that’s already 3 x 10-value cards that are no longer available in the 52-card deck.
Since there are only 16 of these cards in total, the odds of hitting another 10-value card on the next deal are significantly less. Remember, 52 – 3 (10 value cards) = 49 cards. Of those 49, just 13 are 10-value cards. That means there is a 13/49 chance of a 10-value card coming up next. In percentage terms, that’s just 26.53%. As you now know, there is less of a chance of hitting a 10-value card.
Which Is the Better Game to Play: Roulette or Blackjack?
Truth be told, both games are completely different, and it depends on you! Ideally, you can toggle between the two and enjoy Roulette sessions in between your card counting sessions, or vice versa.
A Few Tips Before You Go and Decide for Yourself:
- It’s a good idea to practice Roulette and Blackjack games in a demo play mode before you play for real.
- Bankroll management is important during games of Roulette and Blackjack. You will always want to ensure that you are playing at affordable wagers. Never bet more than you can afford to lose, since this will rapidly deplete your bankroll.