Isn't your view, Mike , just a " hypothesis " ?
Do YOU make a profit from your hypothesis ? Do you - personally - know anyone who does ?
You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to claim that we " have to play the wheel " to make a profit.
Yes I do make a profit and so do others, but I can't prove it to your satisfaction - too bad. This thread is about the GAME as opposed to the WHEEL. It's not my opinion that the GAME can't be beaten, it's a fact, and a very obvious one at that.
Roulette as a GAME is simply an RNG where all numbers are equally likely to come up. All "events", therefore, are also equally likely. Throw in the unfair payout and the GAME is unbeatable, period. No if's, buts, "virtual losses", probabilities, statistics, patterns, progressions, astrology, numerology or any other nonsense changes that FACT.
On the other hand, the WHEEL is a physical device. Roulette as a "system" consists of the main physical factors ball, wheel, and dealer. The outcome is partially determined by the laws of physics, and so not TOTALLY random.
This really should be blindingly obvious. Roulette AS A GAME is unbeatable, because it's been designed that way. You cannot beat the GAME by manipulating stakes or using statistics because the GAME is totally random, meaning unpredictable.
I have made no secret of the fact that I bet groups of numbers that are scattered around the wheel, to take advantage of the randomness of the game
Sorry, but that's absurd. It's like choosing lotto numbers 7,23,19,34 ... instead of 1,2,3,4... because the former are more "random". Randomness means that ALL patterns are equally likely, so the patterns which you think look more "random" are no more likely than those which have some kind of "regularity" to them.