Debunking The Belief In Roulette Wheel Memory

Beginning with the very first casino and the very first roulette wheel that was ever introduced to the public, people have often wondered if they can base their decisions for betting off of previous results. There are some people who believe in roulette wheel memory; they think that they can catch a pattern, bet into it, and walk away a winner in the end. Professionals, mathematicians and statisticians often refer to these people as naïve and misinformed.

There are numerous forums and discussion groups online in which people argue with one another about the existence of roulette wheel memory and whether or not it exists. Almost 10 out of 10 times, experts will agree that each spin is completely independent of the ones before and after it assuming that the wheel is not defective, the croupier is not cheating, and the software has not been manipulated in any way.

So, can the people who believe in the memory theory actually prove that it exists? Well, consider this: in order for a roulette wheel to even be allowed on a casino floor, it must be proven that it is not biased to any one side, color or set of numbers. Oftentimes, they will be tested over a period of 3000 to 5000 spins to determine whether or not such a bias exists by looking for relatively even number distribution. If things are not distributed fairly evenly, then it is returned to the manufacturer and not introduced to the public.

There is an argument to this, though. Roulette wheel memory, while it doesn't exist in the short term, absolutely does exist over the course of millions and millions of spins. Thus, over the course of 17 million spins, again assuming that there is no defect and that no cheating or software manipulation has taken place, each number will appear an equal number of times. How is that? What's to say that, after 17 million spins, the number 30 just never showed up? All of this is given to the Law of Statistical Propensity which states that, over time, statistics have a tendency to even out.

What does all of this mean for the gambler, then? Well, it means that you cannot really accurately predict what will happen. However, it also means that those gamblers who take the time to study the wheel for hundreds of spins and then place bets on the numbers that have yet to come up may actually be onto something. Since every one of them will inevitably have its turn in the spotlight, there may be some logic in this. Of course, roulette wheel memory absolutely does not exist, but the laws of mathematics certainly do and always will. Those who use this information to their advantage and play their cards right may just discover that they can beat the house at their own game after all. It takes a lot of patience and some dedication and it may not always pay off, but the odds are certainly in their favor.