Thirty Six (36)
The number thirty-six is the largest number on a roulette wheel. It´s a red number, just like the smaller number 1. On a European roulette wheel it sits between black 11 and black 13. On an American double zero roulette wheel, it sits between black 13 and black 24. The number six features quite a bit in roulette. 36 is just 6 times 6 of course, or 6 squared. And it´s 3 times twelve as well of course- another number you see a lot of in roulette.
How to Bet on the Number 36 in Roulette
You can make a straight up bet of course, on the individual number, but if you want to cover more table, you can cover 36 with a red, even or hi even money bet. The last column and the final dozen will also cover 36 for a 2:1 pay out if you win.
Then other that the usual Inside Bets like the Corner Bet, the Split Bet and the Six Line Bet, you could go for a 007 Bet (so called as it looks like a 007 on the table), a Final 6 en Plein bet, a Finales a Cheval on 3 and 6, a Number Combo Bet on 32 or even a Tiers Bet in French roulette. Plenty of options then.
So, what makes the number 36 tick? Other than it being the highest number on a roulette wheel.
Well, mathematically, it is quite an interesting number, being the square of 6 and a triangular number (you can form an equilateral triangle with 3 sides of 2). That makes it a square triangular number. The only other one on a roulette wheel is 1.
It´s also the sum of 2 primes or twin primes- 17 + 19.
If we are talking Imperial measurements, there are 36 inches in a yard and 36 is the atomic number of Krypton, a noble gas.
If you add the first 4 odd numbers and the first 4 even numbers together, you get to ……36.
36 holds a special place in Judaism, as the light created by God on the first day of creation shone for 36 hours exactly and the Holy book, the Torah instructs its followers 36 times to love, respect and protect strangers.
Many historians are not so keen on 36, noting that some disasters repeat in multiples of 36 years, such as the floods of Paris in 1658, 1802 and 1910.
There are thirty-six degrees in the interior angles of each tip of a regular pentagram, or 5 pointed star. It is also the number of outcomes you can get (not adding the numbers) on a roll of 2 dice.
The Thirty-Six Stratagems. The Meaning of 36 in China
三 十 六 計
The 36 Stratagems was a Chinese essay used to describe a series of stratagems used in politics, war, and civil interaction. They are from the Book of Qi, and in particular the Biography of Wáng Jìngzé a general who had served Southern Qi. There weren´t actually thirty-six stratagems- the number was used to signify “a lot”.
This probably dates back to the I Ching (the oldest of the Chinese classics), where six is a Yin number associated with cunning schemes you find in military strategy. 36 is the square of six, it represents multiple strategies.
Some of the more interesting ones are, that might have some significance to roulette players are:
Pretend to take one path while sneaking down another.
Play dumb while remaining smart
36 may seem like an innocuous number, but it hides a lot of secrets. Is it a lucky number in roulette? No luckier than any other number, but ultimately you´ll have to make the call on that one.