When it comes to the game of roulette, you’ll have no doubt heard the phrase “red or black”, but what about “red and black”?
Is it a legal bet? Can you bet on both colours in roulette?
The answer is yes, you can. As a player at the roulette table, you can bet on both the colours red & black. There is no rule against this & it’s a very common bet to make.
So now that you know you can do it, let’s take a look at the odds of the red & black bet & whether or not it’s actually a good strategy.
A solid understanding of the odds and the willingness to take risks when the situation calls for it is the key to success in this game. So let’s dive into the odds on red & black in roulette.
If you think you can outsmart the roulette wheel by betting on both red and black? Well, think again, my friend. This system may seem like a surefire way to cover all bases, but it’s more flawed than a Kardashian on a game show.
Red & black are not actually 50/50. First of all, there’s always the pesky green pocket to contend with. If that little ball lands in there, you’re losing double the amount you would with a single bet. And if you’re playing American Roulette, with that troubling double zero, the odds are even more against you.
But let’s say, by some stroke of luck, the ball lands on either red or black. Congratulations, you just won an even-money bet! Except, wait a minute, you bet on both colours? That means you’re only breaking even.
To simplify, if you bet on either red or black with a minimum of £5, in the lucky scenario, you walk out with£10. However, in the black & red strategy, firstly, you cannot win both wagers as they are contradictory to each other it’s like choosing both head and tail to win the toss.
So, at best, you break even by betting on both outcomes and come out with £5.
The only edge it will give you is recovering your money. It’s a “fool” proof plan that is so simple that even a trained monkey could do it. You might not even win at all, but the good news is you won’t lose either.
Betting on both red & black sounds like a safe and conservative way to play, but is it really a viable strategy for long-term success? Well, in short, no, it isn’t.
While this approach may seem like a logical way to cover as much of the table as possible, it ignores one crucial fact – the green zero (or double zero, in American roulette).
Since the green pocket(s) are not red or black, any spin that lands on the zero will result in a loss for both bets, effectively negating the strategy. So, betting on both black & red is not at all a smart strategy to make more money, but yes, it is indeed a smart strategy to play safe.
This strategy allows you to stay on the table and play for a little longer, but it won’t make your position any stronger. Casinos always have an edge over the players. Gambling is designed in such a way that the house wins the most.
But this game is not only about money. It is also about the excitement it brings, the thrill it offers, and the fun of unpredictability and uncertainty. And unfortunately, betting on both red & black kills these other perspectives of the game, too, along with bringing in more money.