# Twenty-Eight (28)

The number 28 on the roulette wheel. What´s it all about then? This is a pretty popular number on the wheel, especially in Asia, because it has the number 8 in it- which is fancied as a lucky number. That´s superstitious, we know, but people are superstitious!

Just like the number 6, the number 28 is a perfect number. What does that mean? Well, if you add up all of its divisors, you get back to your original number. So in the case of 28 this would be 1+2+4+7+14.

There are only 2 perfect numbers on the roulette wheel. And those are 6 and 28!

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## How To Make a Roulette Bet on 28

The number 28 is a black number that sits just anti-clockwise from the zero pocket on a European or French Roulette wheel, and right next to the 0 pocket on an American Wheel (not the 00).

So to cover this number, you could go for an even-money bet on black, even or the high numbers. Or you could make a finales bet on 8, which will cover all the numbers ending in 8, so 8, 18 and 28.

If you want a 2:1 pay-out, you can cover it on the third dozen or the lowest column as well as a number of Inside Bets like the Street Bet, the Corner Bet, the Split Bet and the 6 line bet.

a 007 bet will cover it (this is more of a novelty bet to be honest), as will a complete bet on 28 or any of its surrounding numbers. We like to cover it with a Black Splits bet from time to time.

You´ll also cover the number 28 if you lay a Neighbour of Zero bet (Voisins du Zero). this bet covers all of the number anti-clockwise of zero out to black 22.

## Number 28 Facts

One very cool property of the number 28, if you like number tricks anyway,  is that it is the only known number which can be arrived at by adding first positive natural numbers (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7), OR by adding the first primes (2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11) OR by adding up the first non primes (1 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 9). Spooky!

28 is the atomic number of Nickel and in physics it is known as a Magic Number along with 2, 8 and 20. We are not going to go into too much detail of what makes a Magic Number except to say that it is a number of nucleons (either protons or neutrons) so that they can be arranged into complete shells within the atomic nucleus.

It does sound pretty cool, as in "hey croupier, can you lay me 10 pounds on each of the Magic Number, thanks".

The number 28 is also the average human menstrual cycle (in days).

There are 28 countries in the European Union (as of 2016, although only 27 meet up these days as one country is leaving). There are 28 days in February- the shortest month in the Gregorian Calendar, except in leap years when there are 29.

In China, the number 28 is somewhat of a celestial number, there being 28 Chinese constellations, and Twenty Eight is a popular game played in India-  it´s a trick-taking card game for 4, in which the Jack and the Nine are the highest cards.

## Numerology

If you follow numerology, you might be interested to know that the number 28 signifies leadership, team-working and business skills.

People born on the 28th are said to be self-determined, and lead from the front, but often find themselves alone. It´s an independent kind of number.

Famous people born on the 28th include the singer Jake Bugg, Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, King Henry VIII (yep, he was a leader type), Jessica Alba and King Edward IV (lots of kings there, maybe there is something in the numerology stuff?)

## Summary.

The number 28 is always going to be a popular number on the wheel as it contains 8. It gets its fair share of bets. But just remember, the odds of the ball landing in the number 28 are the same as the odds of landing in any other number! 1 in 37 on a European Wheel and 1 in 38 on an American Wheel. Unless you have discovered a biased wheel of course.

But that's not going to stop you playing 28 if it´s your lucky number is it? We just thought we´d mention it.

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