Beating the Roulette Odds the Old Way

french_rouletteIn the past, roulette players crowded around the table, leant on it and even laid their hands on the outside rim of the wheel. During the off hours the chips and the balls were usually removed from the table, but the roulette wheel remained open and insecure. Nowadays, this is no longer the case. When roulette wheels are not used, they are usually protected by plastic security covers.

As we mentioned in the prior article, a number of methods to beat the odds have been devised by players over the years. Now, we shall dedicate some time discussing those, which deserve attention the most.

Past Posting

Past Posting was first used in gambling activities, such as horse racing and is related to a bet made on the winner after the race was over. At present, this ”approach” is predominantly used in the game of roulette. Since there is only one dealer at American roulette tables during most of the time, this makes the game insecure against past posting. What is more, in American roulette it is the most frequent form of fraud employed by players. Right after the ball drops into a pocket, the dealer will look at the wheelhead in order to announce the winning number. A player with sharp sight will also notice the number and while the dealer’s attention is for a moment diverted from the betting layout, it is an appropriate time window to place a palmed chip on the winning number. There are even players who will not palm just one chip, but impudently push an entire stack of chips from a loser to the winning number. A skilled past poster is able to achieve this with a swift motion of his/her hand, an act that would be barely noticed by others around the table.

A curious fact to note is that post posting is commonly exercised by a team of two (a bettor and a spotter). The spotter usually positions himself/herself in proximity to the roulette wheel and once he/she notices where the ball has settled, he/she alerts the bettor. The latter usually stands at the far end of the table layout and has already bet a stack on the center column. Once he/she is alerted, he/she will push swiftly the stack of chips towards the left column, or towards the right column. In case the winning number belongs to the center column, the bettor will leave the stack as it is. Because this is achieved with an expert precision, it cannot be noticed that easily.

Another action, which is not easy to spot as well, is when a bettor is holding chips in his/her fingers and also has a few more chips hidden in the palm of his/her hand. It is as if the bettor begins to place a late bet, but eventually he/she pulls back his/her hand and does not put any chips, which he/she is holding in fingers. Such an act will seem unoffending to the majority of observers, as they will not know that palmed chips have been placed on the winning number. Such a team may devise an even more complex scheme, where the dealer’s attention will be diverted by one person, while the other team member will slip money chips beneath the win marker. Since past posting scams are almost countless, to control them requires much effort.

Dealers are trained to be constantly on the watch for past posters. In case a dealer detects such a scam for the first time, he/she will probably not allow the placement of that bet. In case such a scheme is spotted for the second time, the floor supervisor will be informed, after which the security cameras at the casino will be viewing the betting layout. This way the scam will be put to a halt. And if the casino’s video records point to deliberate action, the case will probably be prosecuted.

People around casino roulette table

Fixing the frets

When the roulette ball is released, it begins to bounce around inside the wheelhead and will usually come into contact with several frets before dropping into a numbered pocket. As we already mentioned, the wheel’s frets are made of brass or aluminum and are firmly attached to the wheelhead. In case the ball hits one of these pocket separators, it will usually rebound energetically.

If, however, a pocket separator is loosened, it will as if absorb the energy of the ball and will not let it bounce. If a separator is loosened properly, it will cause the ball to settle into an adjacent pocket. What is required for such a scenario to occur is that the ball needs to eventually hit one of the loosened pocket separators before it settles into a different pocket. In addition, loose separators are best combined with a livelier ball, which tends to bounce around more and comes into contact with most of the frets before falling into a pocket. Pocket separators can be loosened by using a pair of pliers. The professional, however, will make use of a small homemade tool with a slot, which is as thick as the fret itself. He/she will slip the tool over the fret and twist it slightly. Such a ”procedure”, usually executed in a matter of seconds, was prevalent in the past when roulette wheels were more accessible to casino visitors.

When one intends to loosen the frets, he/she will usually do it at two or three pockets only, so that the overall effect remains almost unnoticed, but yet sufficiently strong to be taken advantage of. One would fix the center column on the American wheel, for example, by loosening the pocket separators from number 35 through 17, with the exception of 0, 7, 9, 28 and 30.

Roulette wheel and winning number

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