How to win at Roulette, According to Nottingham University
Let's face facts; technology has changed beyond all recognition during the last two decades, across almost every market and industry that you may care to name. This is a particularly relevant trend within the conjoined gaming and gambling sectors, where the online revolution has taken hold and created an entirely new demographic of casual players all over the world.
While the online gambling market may have taken the sector by storm, however, traditional, bricks-and-mortar outlets remain enduringly popular in the modern age. Of course, this has a great deal to do with the fact that such outlets have begun to integrate online technology, but it also underlines the classic appeal of land-based outlets across the globe.
Is it easier to win at Offline Roulette? Science suggests that it is
Of course, there is another strand to the unique popularity of offline gaming. This relates to the influence of science, as experts have long-since held the belief that it is possible to predict the outcome of each spin through leveraging physics and pre-determined algorithms. As a result of this, the last three decades have seen extensive research into this possibility and the potential for offline players to consistently beat the house.
Back in the 1970's this aspiration was far less glamorous than it may initially have appeared. After all, participants would often be required to walk into busy casinos with a computer strapped to their chest, as solenoid electromagnets thumped against their body to indicate where they should place their bets. Guided by purpose-built computers and complex algorithms, players would be able to predict the outcome of the next spin and lay down their wagers accordingly.
Now, we should caveat this by saying that the project was not completely successful and failed to deliver any definitive results.The theory behind the graduate's efforts was solid, however, having been derived from the basic principle of gravity and Newtonâ€™s laws of motion. This knowledge enabled researchers to determine where the ball would leave the rim on the roulette wheel, affording them a greater chance of isolating potential results.
The primitive computers and algorithms failed effectively to account for the route that ball would take to a numbered slot, however, while they were also unable to deal with variable atmospheric conditions and the presence of human sweat. These facts, coupled with the cumbersome nature of computer devices in the 1970s and 1980s, meant that early researchers were unable to report any definitive findings.
Have Modern findings helped to Negate these issues?
Fortunately, research has continued into the physics that underpin offline roulette, helping to determine once and for all whether players could consistently use technology to beat the Omni-potent house. Certainly the modern advancements in technology have helped in this respect, but the question that remains is whether they have identified a viable strategy that can empower offline players?
Of course, the main issue with previous generations of research is that researchers had to fabricate their own computers from scratch, while also being forced to develop innovative and untested algorithms. This not only led to design faults and the application of unproven technology, but it also led to the creation of cumbersome machines that were difficult to smuggle into casinos and disguise effectively.
Additionally, previous algorithms were ill-equipped to cope with the subtle but impactful changes in atmospheric conditions, which influenced the speed of the ball and its final resting place. Such variable factors were also exacerbated by the random nature of each roulette wheel, as each one is different and none share the exact same physical dimensions. When you also consider that humans are liable to sweat when under pressure and the hot lights of a casino, this created challenges that older computers could not surmount.
Students at Nottingham University found that the requisite processing power for such efforts could be fitted into a single unit, however, which would replicate the size of a mobile phone. They subsequently took the previous research and sought to replicate this in the modern age, embedding a single processing unit in a custom-made shoe and using a discreet smartphone camera to capture the movement of the ball and the wheel. These negated many of the aforementioned issues, creating more sustainable methodology and consistent results over time.
So, can you really beat the House by using Technology?
If we place the issues of discreetly using technology in security-conscious casinos to one side, it would appear that offline players have a far greater chance of beating the house today than they did during previous generations. The issue of Internet connectivity is also prominent, although this can be negated to some degree by the emergence of 4G connections and free Wi-Fi in casinos.
There are still numerous pitfalls when using technology in an attempt to beat the house, however, and modern players are far better served by applying numerical skills and strategy in an online casino. This may change with the popularisation and sophistication of smart technology, particularly if smart glasses evolve to the point where they reliable and accessible to mainstream customers.
By then, however, offline gambling may have already become a thing of the past.