Beginner's Guide to Roulette

Roulette is one of the most popular gambling games in both brick-and-mortar and online casinos. The term roulette derives from a French word meaning “little wheel.” The game is, in fact, played with a spinning wheel, but the standard roulette wheel is relatively large. In addition to a wheel, a roulette game uses a table, and in real casinos, this is a social game with numerous people around the table.

Roulette Basics

A roulette wheel usually has 37 or 38 pockets. Of those 37/38, 18 are colored black, 18 are colored red, and the remaining, the zeros, are colored a neutral color, usually green. Players place their bets on a marked table. The croupier calls for the final bet, and then spins the wheel and drops the ball in. When the wheel comes to a stop, bets win or lose based on the number of the pocket where the ball has come to a stop.

Roulette Variants

The original roulette game is now referred to as the French variant. Both the American and the European variants are more common. The American wheel has 38 pockets, including a single zero and a double zero. The European wheel has 37 pockets and just the single zero. The French variant uses the same wheel as the European, and the main differences are table layout and wheel position. Online, Mini roulette is a common variant that uses a wheel that has just 13 pockets, including a single zero.

Live, Online and Live Online

The traditional way to play roulette is in person at a casino. A popular alternative is online roulette, which is usually a single-player experience played on a virtual wheel and table. Live online is online roulette that provides some of the in-person atmosphere by streaming video of the wheel, table and croupier. Players can even hear the dealer, but must communicate via a text-based chat system.

How to Play

To bet in roulette, place your wager on a specific number or one of the special bets. The most common special bets are red and black, odd or even, and high or low. Tables tend to have bet limits, and in both live and online scenarios, those bet limits are posted directly on the table. The odds of winning are the chance that the ball will land in an appropriate square. In European roulette, the odds of hitting red are 1:18.5 and the odds of hitting a specific number are 1:37.

Bet Options

All roulette bets exist in one of two categories: outside bets and inside bets. Outside bets are the simple bets, including a specific number, red or black, odd or even, and high and low. Inside bets are wagers placed on group of numbers. Most players who play inside bets will play multiple inside and outside bets to achieve more favorable overall odds.

A bet placed on a single number is called a Straight-Up bet and pays 35:1. A Split is a bet placed on the line between two numbers; if either hit, the bet pays 17:1. A Street is a three-number combo bet that pays out 11:1. A Corner is a four-number combo bet that pays out 8:1. A 6-Line is a six-number combo bet that pays out 5:1. A Column is a twelve-number combo bet that pays out 2:1. Bets placed on black/red, odd/even and low/high are even money bets that pay out 1:1.

Roulette Strategy

Roulette is very much a game of chance, and there is no direct action that you can take to increase those odds. You can, however, put yourself in a better position to succeed. The most important step is maximizing your bankroll, since the more money you have, the better the long-term odds are. Deposit bonuses and loyalty programs are the best way to maximize your bankroll.

When it comes to play strategy, the most important choice is the roulette wheel. Always opt for European wheels that don’t have double zeros. As for what the best bets are, that depends greatly on what your goal for playing is. If you’re there simply to have fun, then you will want to make small bets, which will maximize the amount of time you have to play. If you want to double your money, bet black-red, and if you want to triple your money, bet a column. Small bets on black-red are a good option for clearing a wager. If the goal is to win big, bet the max on a single number.

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Author Kingsino Staff
Date August 20 2012
Tags Beginner Guide, Roulette