# Avoiding the Costly Mistake of Cross-betting in Roulette

The easiest wagers in roulette are single bets on one of more numbers. However, roulette is a game in which the player has many betting options including the ability to place multiple bets. Typically, these bets cover a variety of number combinations. On the other hand, the wagers can cover numbers specific to that wager, known as cross-betting. Given these numerous types of wagers, it can be difficult to pinpoint which is most beneficial.

## Consistent Expected Return

All roulette players should recognize, regardless of the wager, the expected return over the long-term remains the same. If the player wagers on only a few numbers they have less of a chance to win but have the opportunity to win much more. On the other hand, if the player bets on several numbers they have a <h2>better chance of winning but less amount of money. Either way their expectation is the same.

## Cross-Betting in European Roulette

A simple example in European Roulette is when a player wagers $10 on red and $10 on odd numbers. Since there are 18 red and 18 odd numbers, a detailed classification is required. The first group contains numbers that are both odd and red which are 10. The second group contains red but no odd numbers which are 8. The third group contains odd but not red numbers which are 11. The final group only contains the number 0.

If a number from the first group is rolled the player wins both the red and odd bets equaling $20. If a number from the second or third group is called the player only wins one bet which is even money. A number from the fourth group indicates the player losing both bets equating to $20. To summarize, the player can win $20 on 10 numbers, lose $20 on 11 numbers and break-even on 16 numbers.

## Decline in Excitement with Cross-Betting

Therefore, by cross-betting the player breaks-even on more numbers but has a less chance of winning and losing. An individual with this objective should not be playing roulette as a big part of the game is engaging in the thrill. Cross-betting removes this enjoyment. To ensure you do not lose more than you can afford it is advantageous to adhere to preset wagering limits.

Roulette can be a fun game for which the excitement of risk is a major part. Cross-betting takes away this enjoyment by allowing you to break-even more than winning or losing. Therefore, cross-betting should be avoided because it sucks the life out the game.