# Infographics Prove That Roulette Is The Worst Bet In Vegas

## A computer placed 5,000,000 bets so that you wouldn’t have to.

If you bet on a single number in roulette, your odds of winning are 37:1. Meanwhile, your potential payout is only 35:1. Any idiot can see, the house has an edge here. No matter what, they will compensate you less than your risk. Over time, they’ll end up ahead, not you.

But 35:1! That’s a lot of money. If only we can all sneak in a few lucky wins before the great equalizer of probability catches up…

Jay Jacobs, an information security specialist focusing on risk and data analysis, wanted to flesh out this house edge in real wins and losses. So he created a simulation of 20,000 people playing 250 spins of roulette. Each put down a reasonable \$5 bet on a number for each spin. And we can see who won big and lost big over time.

“Rather than simply stating, “the house edge for roulette is 5.26%,” (which has almost no meaning to anyone but statisticians), I decided to focus on the question, ‘what am I going to walk out with,'” Jacobs writes Co.Design. “Because everyone can understand money in (or missing from) their pocket.”

On this chart, every gambler was followed by a continuous line. The color changes by whether they won or lost each night over 2-4 nights of gambling. The green means money. The yellow is a slight loss. The red means tears. And the whole thing is sinking to the right, like the Titanic.

That said (and maybe we shouldn’t point this out), there are winners! Someone walked away with about \$2,000. And a large chunk of people made out with anywhere from a few bucks to a few hundred bucks.