One of the most unused strategies in roulette is the cover all. If you’re unfamiliar with this approach, it’s where you place two chips on a number (for example purposes let’s say number 23), and then place chips around the white border. Most casinos have $10 minimum tables, so since it’s an even amount, it’s easier to explain.
If your number hits straight-up, the total amount of money you win (on a $10 cover-all) is $136. This is paid out as follows:
1. A straight-up hit is 35 to 1. Since you placed two chips on the number, you win $70
2. The middle side of a border pays 17 to 1. You hit on both sides so that’s an additional $34
3. Each of the corners pays 8 to 1. This would be an additional $32
Granted, some casinos around the world are going to offer different odds.
What happens if you don’t hit the number straight-up, but black 21 falls? In this case, you would be paid for the one side and two corners that are aligned on the right side of the 23 (or left side of the 21). On a $10 bet your return $33, which isn’t huge, but it’s still a nice return.
Most importantly, when you play a cover all in the 2nd column (in the middle), you are actually playing 9 numbers. This is extremely beneficial if the gambler is trying to “stretch the game.”
However, playing a roulette cover all can also be a bit risky. It is very important to analyze the numbers that have hit over the last hour. If there isn’t a low number (1-12) in the last 10-15 spins, there is a good chance it will be coming up soon. Unfortunately if you do not analyze the numbers and just start playing your favorites, it could be a recipe for disaster.
Another recommended strategy is keeping your bet the same. Often times a roulette player will hit big on a cover all, and then think their chances of hitting again are great. This is not the case, and you should never approach a strategy this way. We all know gambling is a game of chance, and even though you can increase your odds by analyzing numbers, it could be another hundred spins before you get lucky again.
Covering an entire number is meant to stretch the game, stay up or down $50, and hopefully hit your number somewhere in between. Personally, I’ve stuck to one number for an entire evening and cashed in as much as $800 worth of chips. Then again, I’ve also lost as much as $300 doing the same thing.
In the end, the gambler who is able to leave the table when it’s cold, and know when to get up when they are on a roll, are usually the ones that come out on top. My point is; know when you are beat, and don’t ever get too greedy. Those who can do both will have a more enjoyable time utilizing the cover all strategy when playing roulette.