Roulette has been around for centuries. And one of the reasons the game holds such mystique is that we are all still beholden to its mathematics. Scientists have tried to use Chaos Theory to beat roulette, and even the great Alan Turing – he of the WW2 Enigma Code fame – tried to beat the system.
But while players for years applied everything from the Martingale System to the James Bond Strategy to classic roulette games, there’s a new dilemma facing them – the vast choice of roulette variants available today. That’s not to say that new types of roulette are better than the classic variants or vice versa. But there are decisions to be made: Not just in the choice of game you play, but in the strategy you employ.
Before you do anything, though, it’s important to recognise that the fundamentals remain the same. That means you should give yourself a roulette 101 before playing any game. You should learn about the different types of roulette bets, the odds and probabilities. You should even consider practising online in demo mode before you spend any real money. The randomness of roulette means practice doesn’t make perfect, but it can help players implement a strategy.
Quantum Roulette has become hugely popular
So, if you already know your column bets from your voisins du zero in classic French, European and American roulette, what are these new variants and why are they worth your attention. A good example of a popular new variant is Playtech’s Quantum Roulette, which can be played both live and in virtual formats.
As mentioned, there’s nothing to say that Quantum Roulette is better than classic roulette, but it does have some very attractive elements. Most notably, the fact that you can win up to 499 times your wager in a single spin. As roulette players are well aware, this is much greater than the 35 to 1 payout of a standard straight-up bet in classic roulette.
The huge payouts available from Quantum Roulette are made possible by fusing technology with classic roulette gameplay. RNG software works alongside the standard roulette play to ramp up the potential. Is there a catch? Not in the traditional sense of the word, as Quantum Roulette has an RTP of 97.30% – reflecting the real-world probability of classic European roulette.
So while there’s not a catch, there is a trade-off. In short, the payouts for standard straight-up bets are lower at 29 to 1, lower than the 35 to 1 you usually see in roulette. The trade-off, then, is substituting a lower return for those bets in return for the possibility of having your winnings ‘quantumed’ by the RNG software.
Goals should trump strategy in game selection
What, then, do we say about strategy? Well, it goes back to what we said earlier about knowing your types of bets, odds and payouts, and then weighing up the merit of each bet. But generally speaking, we would say that choosing options like Quantum Roulette should be more about your goals than specific goals than strategy.
What do we mean by “goals”? Basically, Quantum Roulette, as well as some types of progressive jackpot roulette, have higher ceilings (bigger prizes), but there is a trade-off further down the food chain.
It’s like a basic investment strategy of risk versus reward: If your goal is to simply make a profit (obviously not guaranteed with roulette of any kind), then maybe stick to low house edge variants of French roulette with options like house edge. But if you are shooting for the moon, then maybe go for a new variant like Quantum Roulette. Yet, you should be aware that more risk is involved.