Nineteen (19)

number 19Red 19 sits between black 4 and black 15 on a European Roulette wheel in the Neighbors of Zero zone (not many numbers are the sum of their immediate neighbours). If you are playing on an American Wheel, you'll find it between black 8 and black 31.

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What´s The Deal With 19?
Well, 19 is a Prime number of course, which means that it is only divisible by 1 and itself (where the result is a whole number). It's the 8th prime number which is a fact that many number superstitious players latch on to, the number eight being seen as a particularly lucky number - especially in Asia. We are not talking scientifically, obviously. This is all superstition.

Like the fact that many see 19 as the beginning and end, as it contains the first and last single numbers; 1 and 9. Heavy, man! It is seen by many as a lucky number, as it features pretty highly in celestial observations. In particular, The moon appears in the same position with repsect to the stars every 19th year. This is the Metonic Cycle. Basically, the lunar and solar cycles match up every 19 years.

19 is the atomic number of potassium (chemical symbol K) and the final year that you can claim to be a teenager before heading in to your twenties. "19" also became a famous song- written by Paul Hardcastle, it's a commentary on the Vietnam War- 19 was claimed to have been the average age of US GIs killed in the war in South-East Asia. Steely Dan also wrote a song called "Hey Nineteen".

The 19th Hole refers to the bar in golf (one after the 18th hole) and the Chinese game of Go is played on a board with 19 vertical and 19 horizontal lines giving a grid of 18 rows and 18 columns (18x18 squares=324). That is why there are so many combinations. The pieces sit at the intersection of the lines, unlike in chess, which is why we talk about a 19 line board.

How to Bet on the Number 19.
Other than just placing a roulette bet on the single number for a pay-off of 35:1, you have a number of options if you want to cover the number 19 and cover a bit more of the table. Other options on the inside bets include a corner or square bet (eg covering 16,17,19,20), a split bet (2 numbers), a Street Bet (3 numbers) and a 6 line bet.
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A bet on red, odd or the high numbers will cover just under 50% of the table (remember the zero) and the bottom column and middle dozen bet will also do the trick for a 2:1 pay off if your bet wins.

If you fancy trying out some of the more exotic bets which you'll find on the more premium variants like 3D roulette and Premier Roulette (Diamond) a bet on the Voisins Du Zero (roulette neighbours) covers 19 as a split bet between 19 and 22. The Jeu de Zero just misses 19, but also covering the number are the 007 bet, and the Snake Bet.

One of our favourite bets for covering 19 in Red Splits which is a group of 4 Split bets: 4 red splits: 9/12, 16/19, 18/21 and 27/30.

Paul Hardcastle: "Nineteen"

In World War 2 the average age of the combat soldier was 26. In Vietnam he was 19
In-in-in Vietnam he was na-na-na-na-na-nineteen. Na-na-na-na-na-nineteen.

Read more: Paul Hardcastle - 19 Lyrics | MetroLyrics 


What else can we say about 19?
It's a very mystical number if you happen to follow Kabbalah, and in a pack of tarot cards the number 19 is the sun card- a very lucky card. If you have been married for 19 years, you ought to be buying bronze for your anniversary present and Indiana was the 19th State of the US. It joined the Union in 1816.

Do you know what happened on March 19, 1931? The US state of Nevada, the home of Las Vegas, legalized gambling.

Famous people born on the 19th include Dolly Parten, Bill Clinton, Matthew Perry, Alexis Sanchez, Pete Townshend and Bruce Willis.

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