Have you ever wished you could play a large number of roulette spins in a very short amount of time? It would be very useful to do this if you wanted to test a system or get a clearer look at the patterns, odds, and probabilities that emerge when you play a virtually infinite number of spins.
Of course, few of us have the time to stand at either a real or online roulette table for thousands of spins, then tabulate and analyse all the results. But luckily, roulette simulators can make this process much simpler. By using a roulette simulator, you’ll be able to quickly generate large numbers of spins and use those results to get a better understanding of how the game will play out over the long run (and over individual sessions) using a particular system or style of play.
A roulette simulator (sometimes referred to as an “emulator”) is a program designed to simulate the spins of a roulette wheel at high speed. There are both programs that can be installed on computers to simulate spins and websites that host their own simulation programs that can be used for free.
These simulators all have some features in common. First, they should allow you to specify a number of spins after which the simulation should stop. Secondly, they’ll all let you start with a given bankroll and a starting bet size, after which you can specify how that bet should change, if at all. They’ll also usually give you a chance to stop a target win goal, if you so desire.
That last part is critical, because it makes roulette simulators the perfect way to test a roulette betting system. In fact, many simulators found online actually have the most popular systems pre-programmed so that you can try them for yourself and see how they affect your results.
Exactly how much control you’ll have over the simulations will depend on the exact program you’re using. Most simulations are relatively simple, only allowing you to test a particular bet or some basic betting systems. In addition, many Internet emulators are designed only to allow you to try even money bets such as red/black or odd/even.
More complex programs like Roulette Xtreme cost money to purchase, but offer players much more flexibility. In these programs, you can create your own systems, analyse the results in depth, and even use pre-made spin tables (such as the million-spin data set offered by The Wizard of Odds) to verify your results.
Programs like these can also be useful for serious gamblers who are tracking what they suspect are biased wheels at a local casino. Programs such as Roulette Xtreme can take a given data set and determine whether a set of results fits within the range of expected variance, or if they are the result of a truly biased wheel, which could mean a big payday for the first person to notice it.
Roulette simulators are perhaps most widely used to test betting systems. Often, a simulation can reveal just how much a given system will affect your results over the long run. While the basic answer to this question almost inevitably comes back to “not at all,” that doesn’t mean that there isn’t important information that can be gleaned from a simulation. After all, even many knowledgeable players use systems to change their short term risk or to increase their chances of hitting a certain target. A good simulation could give you a better idea of your chances of coming out on top in a given session, or figuring out how often you’ll hit a target goal before going broke.
For newer players, a roulette simulator can be used in a more basic way. You can use the results of a relatively smaller number of spins in order to get a better feel for the probabilities and outcomes in a typical game. Some emulators even feature a graphical interface that will let you place bets and keep track of your personal results, allowing you to treat it as training before you play the real thing.
A good roulette simulator should give you as many options and as much information as possible. You’ll want to be able to control whether you’re playing a European or American game, as fits your needs, be able to make and change (or properly program) bets on every spin, and see both the overall results and breakdowns of your results over shorter intervals as well.
Of course, a good simulation also needs to be completely random. Any simulation that has an easily breakable “pattern” to it can be beaten and can easily produce misleading results. More nefariously, a simulation that’s not truly random could be used to “prove” that a system someone is selling really works, lending some undeserved credibility to a product that should be avoided.
Finally, your roulette simulator should be able to handle a truly large number of spins. A lot of players are confused about what “large” really means in this context, so let’s make it clear: we’re not talking about hundreds or even thousands of spins. Ideally, you’ll run through millions of spins in order to cut out virtually any chance that your system got lucky because of certain patterns or numbers appearing more often than they would be expected to by random chance. While a short simulation might be enough to help a beginner get an idea of how roulette works, you’ll need millions of spins to be sure that your results are an accurate picture of how your system works rather than a result of some lucky (or unlucky) variance.