Here’s Why You Should Never Play Triple Zero Roulette

Martin Derbyshire September 16, 2018
Roulette wheel on zero

The number one strategy gamblers should employ when playing Roulette is a proper game selection.

Choosing the right Roulette game can make all the difference between winning and losing.

That doesn’t mean you should track Roulette wheels until you find one with a consistent flaw, then exploit it. Wheel tracking will have you spending far too many fruitless hours standing around and watching.

In fact, it is hardly a tried and true strategy and its pretty much useless at PA online casinos, where the physical wheel, in all its flawed glory, will be replaced by a computerized random number generator.

When it comes to Roulette, proper game selection means something much more simple. For the most part, it’s all about choosing French or European Roulette over the American Roulette version of the game.

The Roulette wheel

French or European Roulette is played with a wheel consisting of 37 numbers. That means there is a single green zero. An American Roulette wheel has 38 spaces because there’s a both a green zero and a green double zero.

If you think one extra space on the wheel doesn’t make much of a difference, think again. The addition of the double zero on an American Roulette wheel has a major impact on your odds of winning. In fact, on average there is a three to four percent return to player (RTP) rate difference.

American roulette has an RTP of 94.7 percent, compared to an RTP of 97.3 percent for the more traditional Roulette games.

The house edge

There’s no getting around the fact that Roulette is a game with a house edge. Over the long haul, the house will always win. However, you’ve got a better chance of winning in the short term if you play a version of the game where the house edge is lower. Plus, theoretically, you’ll be able to stick around a lot longer before going broke.

In other words, American Roulette should be avoided at all costs. However, even American Roulette is a better bet than the new Triple Zero Roulette games some casinos have begun to offer.

It’s simple math really. Triple Zero Roulette wheels have 39 spaces because there’s a green zero, green double zero, and a green triple zero.

Another extra space on the wheel means another major impact on your odds of winning. In fact, the RTP on Triple Zero Roulette is an abysmal 92.3 percent.

Introducing Triple Zero Roulette

Several casinos have tried to incite players into playing Triple Zero Roulette with lower table limits. However, that doesn’t change the fact the house edge on the game is higher than just about anything else on the property.

Losing small amounts of money fast can have the same disastrous effect on your bankroll as losing large amounts over a longer period of time.

American Roulette should still be avoided at all costs. However, an even greater effort should be made to stay away from Triple Zero Roulette.

Las Vegas first

After being introduced at The Venetian Las Vegas in 2016 by Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem owner Las Vegas Sands Corp., under the name Sands Roulette, the game has since spread to a number of Las Vegas casinos. Las Vegas Sands Corp. is in the middle of divesting its PA casino interests. It will likely be finished doing so before Sands Roulette comes to the Commonwealth.

However, should it or any other casino, online or off, try to bring Triple Zero Roulette to PA, gamblers need to be aware it is a terrible game for players and should always be avoided.