One thing many people don’t utilise often enough when playing roulette that can increase their odds considerably when taking the pesky ‘0’ and ’00’ slots into account is the surrender rule. This rule is not found on every roulette table, though if you look hard enough you’ll find that you can see it around.
The surrender rule works in your favour by returning some or all of your money back to you if the ball happens to land on either the ‘0’ or ’00’ slots. This means that the effect of the casino’s house edge is either reduced or even taken away altogether, however this rule only applies if you are betting on ‘even odds’ places on the board, meaning you are betting on either red or black, high or low, or odd or even.
In the case when the surrender rule is in place, you’re betting on an even odds bet and the ball lands on one of the zero slots, you will either have half of your bet returned to you, or in very rare cases where you can find one of these tables, all of your money will be returned.
As I’ve mentioned it can be quite rare to find one of these tables either in the real world or in an online casino, however that’s not to say they don’t exist. When you do find one you’ll generally notice that they’re American roulette tables and not European versions, and they only return half of your bet, and not all of it.
When employing betting strategies like Martingale and betting on even odds parts of the board it can mean your odds of winning are increased, however you’ll find it’s not as good as the potential winning benefits you’ll get from a roulette beating computer program or some other similar roulette beating strategy.