The spinning wheel of roulette is a game of chance, pure and simple. No need to study intricate rules or to try to outsmart your opponent as is the case with poker for instance. That said there are ways and means to improve your chances of winning. Your betting decisions do influence your chances and if you make use a number of strategies, you increase your chances to beat the wheel as well.
Whether you are in a land-based casino or playing roulette online, look for an European roulette table the reason being that European roulette has one zero whereas American wheels have two.
You have a 50-50 chance to win or lose at roulette, the ball spins until it stops and if it stops on your number, you win. A roulette table seat as many as eight players at any one time and you can bet on any number, colour, or a combination of the two. Players can continue to place bets up and until such time that the ball drops into the wheel. The croupier clears the table after a round and a new round starts.
The Roulette wheel has an equal amount of red and black colours on the wheel and the ball can land on any one of them. The black/red strategy is based on the premise that there is an equal chance for the ball to land on either black or red and the system of roulette is based on this probability.
Bet in the following way: First, bet on a colour. Second, should you win you should pocket your winnings and continue to bet with the original amount that you started with. Keep this up until you lose a round again, and then double up. Third, raise your bet bit by bit with the next wins, only up to the amount that you can afford. The next time you lose, take the loss. You then start the strategy from the beginning again.
Remember not to switch colours because they both have an equal chance of winning, stick to the colour that you started with.