There are many myths and legends surrounding roulette: here are a few!
Checking the wheel
Some people and books claim that roulette wheels are skewed with one side heavier than the other. Due to gravity, numbers on the heavy side come out more often. This, I think, was true when the quality of the equipment was poor. However, modern roulette wheels are of much higher quality and rigorously tested. It is only in a casino using a very old wheel that you can find a biased wheel by testing thousands of spins. Based on the stories I have heard, your chances of finding such wheels are probably higher in Europe.
If you don’t believe what I’m writing in this section, here’s what Encyclopedia Britannica says in the topic on roulette:
It probably dates back to the invention of the roulette wheel, but every day of the week, a player is reinventing it somewhere, or reinventing a variation of that system, and thinks it’s new. Over the years, hundreds of “foolproof” winning systems have been devised, but no matter what system is used, in the long run, it cannot overcome the house advantage of 0 or 0 and 00. This advantage of the house is the only system that consistently wins in the long run. “
I am often asked if the dealers can influence the spin so that the ball comes to rest on a certain area of the wheel. I do not believe that a dealer can do this, while still respecting the general casino rules regarding the strength of the turn. Many dealers think they can influence the turn. However, if they could, it would be easy to win an accomplice, and lose the other players, while looking completely legitimate. Yet, you never hear such stories happen. No one is caught the hand in the bag or denounced, despite the alleged ease of doing so, so what are the odds of that happening?