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What Is Column Betting in Roulette?
Hi! I’m Aussie! Back on my homeworld, intergalactic roulette always used to be my favourite gambling game. My friends and I would often gather around the supersonic wheel our casinos used, and bet thousands upon thousands of credits. Suffice to say, we had a blast! Zuzu even got mistaken for a ball once and almost ended up in the wheel herself (hilarious, now wouldn’t you agree?)
Now, imagine my joy when I found out all you Earthlings had a similar game here! Needless to say, I’ve already spent more hours at your roulette tables than I could possibly count. And in that time, guess what? Well, I’ve picked up a few nifty tricks that I want to share with you now. Below, you’re going to find out more about some of my favourite strategies — column betting systems!
Most roulette betting systems focus on outside bets such as bets on colour, even/odd numbers, columns, or dozen bets, rather than straight-up wagers on individual numbers.
However, here, we’re going to talk about one of the most popular choices when it comes to outside bets — column betting systems!
On the roulette table, we can see three column bets; these have a payout of 2 to 1, and the odds of winning are nearly 33%.
Now, column betting is one of the most popular betting choices for most roulette players, right after even-money bets. Column bets are similar to Dozen bets, since both options pay out 2:1; which means that if you bet 1 unit and win, you get two units and your initial bet back. This makes three units in total!
Why Are Column Systems so Popular?
Now then, let’s see why Column systems are so popular among roulette players…
Like all other outside bets, they enable you to get some pretty quick coverage of the table as a whole; which is always helpful for you, when you’re trying to maximise your odds! The risk is also lower, of course, than when placing straight-up bets on single numbers. However, the house edge always stays the same — 2.7 % for European roulette, and 5.26% for American roulette.
Anyway, if you opt for any of the Column betting strategies, keep in mind that the house edge is the same, but the odds are quite different.
- Straight-up bet odds: 1 in 37 (2.7%)
- Column odds: 12 in 37 (32.4%)
- Even-money bets: 18 in 37 (48.65%)
One-Column Betting Strategy
With this strategy, you can choose any column that you want, and then place a bet on it.
However, the problem with this kind of bet is that you’re only wagering on one third of the table. That means your chances of winning are lower than on even-money bets. The upside is that you can make more money if you do end up victorious, which can hopefully offset any loss you might make.
Also, some people believe that if you play a column or a dozen that hasn’t won over the course of 10 to 20 spins, you’re going to have a higher chance of winning. Unfortunately, this theory has no mathematical proof to support it.
Two-Column Betting System — How to Play
This system is part of a hedging strategy where you try to have most of the table covered, in order to boost your winning odds on a single spin. The downside is, however, that if you get unlucky, you end up losing twice as much money as you would otherwise! In American roulette, the table coverage of this tactic is 63.2%; while for the European version, it is 64.8%.
By covering more numbers by means of placing two dozen or column bets, you can increase your chances of winning. In order to successfully implement this strategy, use the following example:
“Hedge” one column — for example, bet $10 on one, and then $5 on the other. If it lands on a number in the 1st, you get $20 + the $10 that you originally bet. In other words, you double your money! But if it lands on one in the second, you get a $10 + $5 bet, meaning you break even.
Now, you can wait for a dozen or a column to go through a lot of spins without hitting; but just as with the first strategy, there is no mathematical proof that this is actually going to work. People practice this method because of superstition and their belief in luck. Remember — you can use it at an online casino, but do keep in mind that there is no guarantee a particular dozen or a column will be a success, even after 100 rounds!
In the end, using one of these roulette strategies to bet on columns or dozens implies the possibility of losing a significant amount of money. So you need to just go to the roulette table with a certain predetermined bankroll and stick to it! Of course, its size depends entirely on your risk tolerance and budget. Just make sure not to overdo it!
3/2 Roulette System
To maximize their chances of winning, players try to play on as many numbers as possible. The 3/2 system, on the other hand, has been designed for betting on a maximum of numbers while optimising the gains. It consists of playing approximately 70% of the roulette table — no more, no less!
There are two ways to put the 3/2 system into practice:
- You bet two units on the second column and three units on red.
- You put two units on the third column and three units on black.
The idea of a 3/2 system is placing two simultaneous bets — an even-money bet, and a bet on a column, or 12 numbers. In all, you bet on 26 numbers; and, according to the supporters of this method, you multiply your chances of winning.
Example: red (18) + 2nd column (12, but four of them are red; so it’s actually eight additional numbers). In total, you’re betting on 26 pockets (hence the percentage — 100/37 x 26 = 70.27%).
Example of 3/2 Roulette Betting System
To make things more concrete, let’s provide an example with European roulette. Imagine that you choose the first solution above, by putting two units on column #2, and then three units on red. If you have $50 available, you can bet $20 on the column and $30 on red, and then click on “spin.” If the ball stops, for example, on the number 27, which is not part of the second column, this means that you’ve actually lost your first bet. However, 27 is a red number; so this means you’ve still won your second bet, all the same!
Let’s do the calculations now. You lost $20, and you doubled your initial wager on red, $30 x 2. You now have $60 in your pocket, which means you’ve just won $10. However, if the ball had stopped on a black number that was part of the second column, you would have lost $30 instead; still, you’d also have also multiplied your $20 wager by 3 — your profit would still amount to $10. Not bad at all!
In both cases, you put three units on one colour, and two units on one column: it’s that 3/2 ratio that the system’s name originally came from.
All these roulette column systems I’ve just explained to you are a fun change from all those boring old even-money bets. So if you wish to spice up your roulette gameplay, try a few of these out for a change. Although neither the two-column, the 3/2 system nor any of their variations will help you make a fortune, you can still have a blast giving them a shot. But just make sure you remember the essential basics of any gambling game — be responsible! In other words, never bet with money you can’t afford to lose. Best of luck to you, my cute little human buddies!
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