Covering the Table is one of the more popular strategies roulette players like to employ when playing roulette at the casino or online. It is an idea that is designed to maximize the chances of a winning bet, but there are many variations of it. However, the general principle behind Covering the Table is to cover as many numbers as possible to maximize your chances of winning.
The simplest idea is that you cover 35 numbers on the roulette table. On a European Roulette table, there are 37 numbers you can cover – it doesn’t matter which ones you go for, but maybe to keep it easy, just cover 1 to 35. On an American Roulette table, there are 38 numbers. Again, it doesn’t matter what ones you bet on, the idea is still the same. The idea is that you will win far more often than you will lose. In fact, in theory, you will win 35 times out of 37 or 38 spins, depending on which table you use. Of course, because you are only being paid 35-1 for a number landing, even if you win 35 times out of those 37 or 38 spins, and then lose, you break even, and if you lose before you win 35 times, you’re at a substantial loss. This kind of betting is exactly why house edges are built into games like roulette – you can’t cheat the system by covering as many numbers as possible, you are at a statistical disadvantage, and the only thing you can hope for is that your run does not end abruptly, or you somehow manage to defy the odds. It’s a risky strategy to outlay 35 units in the hope of winning 1 unit, but because your chances of winning are so high, it is one a lot of players will use when trying to get themselves a small profit in a short period of time.
All Covering the Table ideas are similar to the strategy above in that they try and cover as many numbers on the table as possible, but there are various strategies where you do not have to risk as much as when you cover 35 numbers on the table.
For example, if you only wanted to wager 17 units covering the table, you could bet on 17 ‘splits’ leaving out one split on the table (and the zeros). So now 34 numbers are covered for only a 17 unit outlay. Again, the odds will say you are more likely to win than you are to lose, and if you win, you make a profit of 1 unit. However, when you lose, you will lose the 17 units you bet. It is a slightly safer option than covering 35 numbers as single bets, simply because you are risking half as much. However, your odds of winning decrease slightly, purely because you have one less number covered.
You can also cover the table betting on the ‘streets’, which are the rows of three numbers. On a roulette table, there are 12 streets (1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and so on) you can cover. Using this strategy to cover the table, you can bet on 11 streets, leaving one clear, giving you coverage on 33 numbers. So your outlay will be 11 units, and a winning bet pays 11-1, again giving you a profit of 1 unit should your number land. Like the ‘splits’ option, this is again slightly riskier, with one less number covered, but, again, your outlay is much less than the previous options.
Betting on the ‘six-lines’ is a variation of the ‘streets’ bet, but you bet on what are essentially two streets (1-6, 7-12, etc.), five in total, and leave one ‘six-line’ clear. This gives you coverage of 30 numbers for an outlay of 5 units, with a payout of 5-1, meaning your profit is 1 unit every time it lands. As with the previous examples, your odds become slightly worse, as you are covering less of the table, but your risk is a lot less, with only 5 units at stake at one time.
There are other variations that give you almost total coverage on the table, but they, like the ways mentioned above, are all risky with little reward at the end of them. The fact is one loss can clean you out if it does not come at the end of a winning run equal to what a loss would cost you. So, with a 35 unit bet, if you lost just once before you won 35 times in a row, you would be at a loss, and potentially a big loss at that. Covering the six-lines instead means you only have to win 5 times in a row before losing to ensure no damage, which is why it is conceivably the best option when covering the table.
Of course, using a Covering the Table system when playing roulette will not guarantee you riches, but it is a fun way to play at the table, as long as you use one of the lower-risk strategies, as you do not want to wager 35 units on your first spin, then have the ball land on the one number you did not cover which would destroy your bankroll – it would take 35 winning spins just to break even!PlayRoulette.org » Strategy »