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How Financial Markets Compare to Roulette

Personal_Finance / Gambling Nov 09, 2020 - 01:16 PM GMT

By: Dylan_Moran


On the face of it, there are no similarities between financial markets and roulette. One is a potentially life-changing investment, and the other is the spin of a wheel that could double your money. The former is about research, and constant and careful analysis of the market, while the latter is luck-centric. Place your bets and see what happens, people.

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However, you should never judge a book by its cover. Once you delve deeper into the subject, you start to recognise the connections that link the two together which make the relationship very strong. If you still can’t spot them, here are three ways in which you can compare financial markets to roulette.


Nothing in this world is for free, except roulette and playing the stock markets. Operators are savvy – they understand the need to appeal to a broad group of people to increase their bottom lines. Online and land-based wagering companies are industry leaders at free-to-play marketing as they are happy to offer a casino bonus to new customers who want to spin a wheel. The industry is so big that promotions are everywhere, yet the sector is pulling in £4.3 billion in gross gambling yields. Investing in the financial markets is similar since the market has a trillion-pound valuation – therefore, the competition for consumers is fierce. To combat this, trading platforms regularly offer customers the chance to play with free money or to simulate trading to show them the ropes.


Although the markets have been researched thoroughly, there are no definite ways to guarantee success. As such, the element of risk is high because both sectors can be unpredictable because anything can happen and result in a loss. But while most people believe this is the end of the argument, people who play roulette and the financial markets attempt to minimise their exposure. In investment circles, the process is known as diversifying a portfolio. In roulette, it’s called ‘bet spreading.’ Regardless of the name, it’s essentially the same tactic as the mechanisms try to reduce the risk of losing and increase the odds of a high ROI.

Chance Vs. Analysis

Please don’t assume roulette is a pure game of chance because it isn’t if you’re a non-casual player. Like the financial markets, users of the platform often review and evaluate the latest techniques to avoid the risk involved in playing. For instance, the Martingale Strategy involves keeping bets small so that you can double your wagers if you lose, giving you the ability to eliminate losses quickly. However, the D’Alembert Strategy teaches players to increase the stakes by one if they lose or reduce it by if they win.

Yes, there is an element of chance, but it’s not as if people throw their chips down on a random number and hope for the best. The number of separate betting options on a roulette table – red or black; odds or even – make analysis pretty much mandatory. Of course, financial markets are the same as the best investors research stocks, shares and bonds and pick their favourites based on performance.

There will always be differences between roulette and financial markets as they are two different platforms. Still, this doesn’t mean they are worlds apart. If anything, the inclusion of analysis, the desire to avoid risk, and the means to play with free money mean they are closely linked.

By Dylan M.

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