.. Playing Smart ..
Roulette is often considered to be one of the easier games to play in the casino. Unfortunately, with that label comes a host of players who think that means they don't need to pay attention at the table! This isn't exactly true, and those players are not employing the best of roulette strategies.
Proper roulette strategies are not systems. A system is a methodology for betting which essentially gives you a set of rules to follow as you wager, supposedly (but not likely) altering the edge of the game, increasing the odds of winning. There are literally thousands of systems for roulette being sold around the world, but these should be ignored for the most part, and shouldn't be considered strategies. In general, systems are often faulty or pose potential risks that may not be obvious at first glance.
Roulette strategies, as opposed to systems, offer methods by which to play, but simply as a guide, not as steadfast rules. Strategies do not claim to mathematically beat the house at all, they usually offer simpler advice on things like setting win and loss limits.
As a smart gambler, one of the best roulette strategies you can employ is one that revolves around bankroll management. Take this example: a player starts with a bankroll of $100. To protect their investment they set a loss limit of $100, their entire session bankroll. This means if the player looses this money in the course of playing, they have set a personal rule to not return to the session after getting more money. The player also sets a win limit of $300, meaning if they manage to go $300 over their original bankroll they will stop playing, and limit the risk of losing those winnings in a downswing. This is as basic as roulette strategies get, but it is extremely effective, if you learn to follow your own rules.
Slightly more advanced and protective forms of roulette strategies may involve something like a player starting with the same $100 bankroll, but limiting play to initial luck. This means they play through their $100 until they have either lost it all (same session loss limit) or won a predetermined amount. To keep things simple in this example, let's say the players predetermined amount is also $100. This means if the player wins $100 once they start playing, they will take their original $100 bankroll and put it in their pocket - they will then only be playing with their winnings. The player may choose to set a wins limit on their newly acquired bankroll, but the beauty of the strategy is that they have basically set a loss limit of zero. Once you pocket your original bankroll, even if you lose all you're playing with, you've lost nothing at all.