Your odds in roulette depend on what you bet. If you are betting a number your odds are 1 in 35 or 2.8%. That means the odds are your favorite number will NOT come in 97% of the time you bet on it.
I feel the need to reply to this in case anyone might believe it to be true and actually wager their money according to information in the above post. If you bet a single number in roulette, your odds are actually 36 in 38 (because there are 36 numbers and two green zeros on the wheel) or approx 94.7 percent. In other words, for every dollar you bet, you expect to win back 94.7 percent - which is the same as saying that for every dollar bet, you expect to lose 5.3 percent.
To the best of my understanding, your odds in roulette do not depend in any way on what you wager. They are always fixed, static and terrible. For every dollar you bet in roulette, the odds are that you will lose approximately 5 percent. There is only one thing that affects your odds in roulette and that is whether you play in North America or in Europe. If you play in North America you expect to lose approx 5 per cent of every dollar you bet (because they have two gree zeros on the wheel). But if you play in Europe, you expect to lose only about half that much because they have only one green zero spot instead of the two like in North America.
If I am wrong about this and anyone would like to post an explanation that explains why I am wrong, I'll be happy to retract it.
But there is a good question as to what is the best game to play. If you study the game of Blackjack and perhaps employ card counting and make close to zero mistakes, the odds are that you expect to lose only about 0.5 percent of every dollar bet (which is about ten times better than Roulette). I don't know if craps are any better. But I'd be very interested if anyone who knows would offer an opinion.
P.S. I have written a Blackjack simulation that proves my contention of the 1.5 percent expected loss rate and if anyone would like to see it, I'll be happy to send the program to you so you can see for yourself. I am a professional software engineer, by the way and spent about three weeks writing and perfecting this software, so you should have a reasonable expectation that it is not just some toy or hastily constructed amateurish stab at the problem. By the same token, it is only fair to say that you can probably find more than a hundred other people on the net who have written similar simulations and offer them for free (as freeware or shareware).
The only other issue that I'd like to raise is why would Tony Soprano (who makes a part of his living with gambling) be playing casino Roulette in North America? Surely David Chase has people to advise him that is just completely stupid and unrealistic.