Beating a casino and managing to actually win a lot of money by playing casino games is always sure to capture attention of many people. Even more so if there is a “system” involved, that somehow promises a surefire way to beat the casino consistently, without the need for luck. That’s why stories like the one we will cover in this article appear on the internet extremely often.
Birminghammail.co.uk reported that a player was reportedly banned from a casino after utilizing his “no-lose system” and winning £50k at roulette. The man with a name of Balvinder Sambhi claims to have been a regular at a local casino before getting banned, just like he has already been barred by other casinos in the past.
Sambhi claims to have developed a system with which he has never lost. Casinos don’t like that, so they ban him from playing. Seems fair, doesn’t it?
Well, it doesn’t. The thing is, no betting system can ensure these kinds of results. You can’t consistently win at roulette just by developing a betting progression and utilizing it. That just doesn’t work and we’ll get more into why in this article.
If you keep reading the article by Birmingham Mail, you will find out it mentioned the name of Sambhi’s book, in which he shares the secret system that helped him “win too much” and got him banned from a casino.
If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably because it most likely is. Mr. Sambhi’s system is almost definitely a scam and the article was just used to promote his book and sell more copies of his system to uneducated players.
How Sambhi’s system works
We aren’t aware of how exactly the system works, but it’s clear it’s a betting progression system, which is based on increasing the bet size after a loss. That means it’s a system extremely similar to the most famous (or infamous) roulette system, Martingale, as well as other similar systems that are extremely often presented as a guaranteed way to win roulette.
The idea behind Martingale and similar systems can be very tempting to many people. Martingale is based on placing a bet on red or black color and doubling it after each loss, getting back to the original bet after each win. It seems to be sure to work, because you only need a one win to break a series of losses and get back into profit. However, losing 7, 8, 9 or 10 spins in a row is more likely than it seems, even when the player has almost a 50% chance to win in each round.
Casino.guru took a closer look at Martingale and similar strategies and explained in detail why they don’t work. Thorough simulations of the strategies just prove the systems can’t work in real life and that anyone who is trying to sell them is merely a scammer who is trying to profit by exploiting people who don’t know any better.
Why any roulette system can’t work
To understand why stories like the one mentioned above can’t work, or are at least highly unlikely to work, it’s important to know how roulette works in the first place. The thing is, the casino always has an advantage over the players and there is virtually nothing the player can do about it.
The casino’s advantage, also known as “house edge”, is linked to the game’s mathematics and is closely connected to roulette odds. In European roulette, there are 37 different numbers – 1 to 36 in red and black colors and one green 0. That means that any bet on a specific number has a 1/37 probability of winning. If you manage to win, you only get 36- times your bet back.
That means you get 36/37 of your total bets back, statistically. The remaining 1/37 is what the casino makes money on, which means the roulette house edge is 1/37 or roughly 2.7% and it’s the same for any European roulette bet. And that’s European roulette, which has only one 0. There is also the so-called American roulette, that has a double zero (00) on top of the “normal” zero (0), while the payouts remain the same.
Does it mean you can’t win on roulette?
Of course, you can win money by playing roulette. Just not consistently. You can be lucky and manage to profit in a short term, however, if you keep playing for a long time, the statistical advantage of the casino will take over and you will end up losing money. There are strategies you can use to maximize your chances of leaving the casino with a win, however, no strategy will help you become profitable in the long run. If you stumble upon a strategy that promises long-term positive results, stay away from it, as it’s almost definitely a scam.
The idea of “sticking into the casino” and profiting by playing roulette or any other casino game is extremely attractive and these scammers know it. There are countless “surefire” ways to beat the casino that profit by exploiting people’s desire to get rich easily and their lack of knowledge regarding the way casino games work.
How about other casino games?
That being said, there are casino games that can theoretically be beaten. For example, in blackjack, the player can achieve an advantage by counting cards, but this behavior is easily noticed by the casino staff, which results in the player being forced to stop playing. Moreover, blackjack is being played with more and more decks of cards, which makes card counting less and less feasible. Feel free to watch this video by WIRED that shows you how card counting works in a nutshell.
So, what should you take away from this? Stay away from anyone that tries to sell you anything related to beating the casino. If you like to gamble, keep in mind that the casino always has an advantage over you and only gamble with money you can afford to lose. Casino games are not a way to make a fortune. If anything, it’s the opposite of that, so be aware of that and gamble responsibly.