This is a roulette system (that is also applicable on craps by the way) devised by a guy called Mike Caro. We include it in here due to the claim that it reduces the house edge down to practically zero. (It doesn’t by the way).
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I think this kind of claim makes a good example. The house edge is set by the physical characteristics of the roulette wheel (how many pockets, etc) and the pay table of the game. You cannot alter it by playing a system (you can minimise it by playing the right type of roulette- French with La partage Rule), but our point is that, depending on which variant you are playing, the house edge is a constant).
Anyway, on to The Caro System, for interest purposes.
Caro’s system was designed for 2 zero roulette (or American roulette). Here’s our first tip- play European Roulette with 1 zero. The house edge is half that of American.
Anyway, continuing on…..You start planning your bets on the the zero, and move clockwise (left to right), down to double zero on the right and continue clockwise round the wheel.
The numbers are arranged as follows:
G0 B28 R9 B26 R30 B11 R7 B20 R32 B17 R5 B22 R34 B15 R3 B24 R36 B13 R1 B2 R14 B35 R23 B4 R16 B33 R21 B6 R18 B31 R19 B8 R12 B29 R25 B10 R27 G00.
There are 2 basic rules to the Caro Roulette Strategy.
Instead of betting just red or black or just odd or even, you bet on even red numbers or odd black numbers.
You don’t bet on the following numbers:
11,12,13,14 and 30.
So does this system work? Well, it won’t increase your house edge. but then it won’t reduce it either. If part of Caro’s startegy is to play American Roulette (which we think it is) then it is certainly a dud. That will double your house edge to 5.2% (versus 2.6%). if you are going to test it, don’t be a Roulette Wally for Pete’s sake! Test it on European Roulette.
You know what else makes us nervous about the Caro Roulette System? “Caro” is Spanish for “expensive”. Could be a coincidence? (Cue “Twilight Zone” music)