Let's take a look at the number 8 in roulette. If you have been trying to buy domain names recently, you may have noticed that domains that contain the number 8 are often a lot more expensive than domains that don't. Well, not in all cases, but generally speaking. A corner bet in roulette pays out at 8:1.
How to Play the Number Eight in Roulette.
Play a straight up bet on black 8. It sits between 23 and 30 on a European roulette wheel and 12 and 19 on an American Roulette wheel. Play a free roulette game and test it out.
You can also play a black even or low even money bet to cover this number.
Play the first 12 dozens or the middle column, or play another inside bet like a corner bet to cover it.
On the call bets, Finale 8 en plein or a cheval will cover it of course, or you could play a Number Combo bet including 8.
And- an interesting one this- the number 8 is one of the 2 middle numbers in the Tiers du Cylindre bet, the other being 23.
Why is Eight Lucky to Some People?
Why is that? Well, the number eight is seen as a very lucky number to many people, and this is particularly true in China. That's because the Chinese word for 8 (八 Pinyin: bā) sounds very like the word which means "prosper" or "wealth" (發). Even in Cantonese (which is widely spoken in Southern China, e.g. in Hong Kong), the words for "eight" and "fortune" also sound alike ("baat" and "faat"). Multiple eights, as in 88, are said to be even luckier, which is why telephone numbers and licence plates containing the number 8 are highly prized in Hong Kong and can change hands for vast sums. Don't say the number 5 before the 8 though, as 5 sounds like "not" in Cantonese, so 58 sounds like "not lucky". The number 3 sounds like the word for "alive" in Chinese by the way- it´s also pretty lucky out East.
How do you say roulette in Chinese? That would be 輪盤賭, which is pronounced Lún pán dǔ.
Anyway, a slight red herring there- let's get back to the number eight.
Other numbers like twenty-six and seventeen are seen as lucky to some people as the add up to 8.
The number has some interesting properties, mathematically and in other areas.
It is the first number that is not a prime or a semi-prime (a semi-prime is a number that is made from mutiplying 2 primes- so the number 4 is a semi-prime).
It is also a Fibonacci Number (see out Fibonacci Roulette System page to understand more about this sequence). Fibonacci numbers are often thought of as very natural numbers that keep popping up in the natural world. A cube has eight vertices (straight lines or edges).
It's also a cubed number (2 cubed) like the number 27 (3 cubed).
8 is the atomic number of oxygen, and all spiders have 8 legs. An Octopus has eight legs- as you can see, 8 is a number that is very common in the natural world.
There are 8 planets in our solar system (now that Pluto has been demoted!), and it takes roughly 8 minutes for light from the sun to reach the Earth.
888 roulette is perfect for players who like their eights.
The number 8 plays a big part in many of the world's religions. For example, the Dharmacakra, which is a Buddhist symbol, has 8 spokes and the Noble Eightfold Path is a key part of the religion. In Judaism, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight days. In Christianity, there were eight people on Noah's Ark and for Hindus, 8 is the number of wealth and abundance.
Other Facts About 8
In Japan, eight (八 hachi, ya) is also a lucky number, and In astrology, Scorpio is the 8th sign of the Zodiac.
In chess, each side of the board has eight pawns and the board is made of 8x8 squares.
The Pythagoreans called 8 “Ogdoad” and thought of it as a “little holy number”.
Day 8 of the Chinese New Year is ear-marked for the yearly gathering of all the gods in Heaven.
8 In the Tarot, eight is the card for Justice or Strength.
The Summer Olympics in Beijing China were started on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm.
In Nuclear Physics, 8 is a Magic Number along with the number 2.
The number 8 exudes wealth and power to numerologists, but it is also a very balanced number (just take a look at the shape.)
Traits of the 8 are drive, ambition, authority, efficiency, organization, management, discipline and control.
So there you have it. The number 8- seen by many people as a lucky number, particularly in Asia. But don't be fooled- it has the same odds as the other numbers on a roulette wheel!