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Easy to learn and filled with exciting moments, online roulette continues to be one of the most popular games at Bovada Casino. Few casino games can match the fun and excitement of roulette – the game’s simple nature makes it a popular choice for many beginner casino players looking to win their first big money payout. While roulette may be a game of chance, there are still certain mistakes to watch out for when playing for real money. With so many players looking to improve their odds at the casino, we’ve put together a list of the most common mistakes made at the roulette table and how to avoid them; increasing your chances to win real money!


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#1 – Choosing the Wrong Game

There are several variations of roulette available at Bovada Casino, each with their own unique twist on the popular table game. Before you take a seat and begin betting, it’s important that you’re aware of the different types of roulette available for real money play. The two most common versions of roulette are European Roulette and American Roulette. The two games are nearly identical to one another, except for one important difference – European Roulette has a single zero (0), while American Roulette has two zeros (0 and 00). This may seem like a tiny detail, but the extra zero in the American version of roulette actually pushes the odds in the house’s favor. Since both games offer a 35 to 1 payout when betting on a single number, you’re better off playing European Roulette to get the best possible odds.

#2 – Ignoring the Odds

With so many betting options in roulette, paying attention to the various betting odds is critical. Many beginner roulette players get intimidated by this and simply splash their chips on a few lucky numbers without understanding the odds at play. These betting odds can help you figure out your preferred bet types, based on the level of risk involved and the potential payout to be won. Placing your chips on a single number can pay out huge with 35 to 1 betting odds, while a two-number combination lowers the betting odds down to 17 to 1. If you really want to play it safe, you can focus on bets with even money (1 to 1) payouts such a red/black or even/odd. Avoid this rookie mistake by getting familiar with all of the different betting odds available at the roulette table.

#3 – Over-Betting

As one of the more common mistakes seen at the roulette table, over-betting can be done in a number of ways. If you’ve already placed chips on a particular set of numbers, there’s no need to also bet additional chips in between them. Another common over-betting mistake in roulette is covering an entire section of board like a complete column or dozen. Not only does this make a mess of the roulette table, but it’s also not necessary since you can make the same bets with a single chip. Found on the outside of the board, streets bets (covering an entire column) and dozens bets (covering a dozen single numbers) are the correct way to handle these situations.

#4 – Forgetting to Bet 0 and 00

Many beginner casino players tend to forget about the 0 and 00 slots in roulette. Regardless of whether you’re playing European or American Roulette, covering these green slots is an important safeguard for anyone betting the outside of the board. For example, let’s pretend you wanted to make a big bet on red, which pays out at even money. The roulette wheel is comprised of 18 red slots and 18 black slots, but the casino gets their slight edge from the green zero(s) at the top of the board. By betting the zero(s), you can cover yourself in case the ball ends up in a green slot. With a 35 to 1 payout on the zero(s), you’ll only need a small bet amount to protect your investment.

#5 – Only Betting the Inside

Every roulette player dreams of scoring a massive payout by betting big on a single number. With payout odds of 35 to 1 you may be very tempted to go after that big payday. While it’s always good to dream big, betting exclusively on single numbers with long odds is not the best long-term strategy for roulette. The inside of the board is filled with single numbers, but the outside of the roulette board provides you with some safer bets. The outside of the roulette board is where you’ll find red/black bets (1 to 1), even/odd bets (1 to 1), dozens bets (2 to 1), column bets (2 to 1) and more. Not only are these outside bets great for switching things up from time to time, but they also provide better odds of winning compared to the single numbers on the inside of the board. 


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There we have five common roulette mistakes you now know to avoid. Be sure to check out all our casino games strategy articles to learn more ways to increase your odds of winning when playing.