An Easy Guide To Roulette

Roulette Guide

It doesn’t get more exciting than roulette. Every graceful spin of the wheel brims with anticipation. Can you handle the excitement as the wheel decelerates and the ball begins to ricochet? Even if lady luck doesn’t have your number this time, there’s a fresh spin in seconds. The best thing about roulette is that it’s possible to play without any skill whatsoever. It’s not only as easy as slots, but it offers better payouts and is infinitely more glamorous.   Learn how to get the most out of your game with this handy guide.

The Wheel

Roulette games revolve around a wheel. The standard wheel features 36 numbers arranged non-sequentially and corresponding slots beneath each number. You’ll notice that the colour of the numbers fluctuates between red and black. If you play European roulette you’ll see a green ‘0’ slot on the wheel. If you play American roulette you’ll see both a green ‘0’ slot and an additional ‘00’ slot.

After players make their bets, which we’ll discuss shortly, the croupier spins the wheel in one direction and a small ball in the opposite direction. The ball travels along the interior edge of the wheel, ultimately slowing down. It doesn’t take long before the ball comes to rest in one of the slots beneath the numbers. This winning number determines who wins and loses.

How Roulette Bets Work

When you place a bet in a game of roulette, you’ll be guessing where the ball will land. Every roulette table features a grid containing all the numbers that appear on the wheel plus some special designated blocks where you can make quick combination bets.

Betting outright on a single number is known as a straight up bet. You can wager on a single number by placing chips on that number but you can also bet on multiple numbers by spreading your chips around onto individual numbers. That’s only one of many ways to hedge your bets.

  • You can place your chips on the line that borders two numbers for a split bet.
  • The corner bet spreads your wager over four numbers.
  • A street bet on the edge of a row lets you wager on all three horizontal numbers in that row.
  • A line bet lets you play two adjacent street bets or six numbers at once.

Most new roulette players quickly notice that the numbers on the felt are arranged in three columns and a dozen rows.

  • Place your wager on any of the 2:1 boxes to bet on all the numbers in that column.
  • You can bet on a dozen numbers at a time using the 1st 12, 2nd 12, or 3rd 12 boxes. You’ll be wagering on 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36 respectively.
  • Choose the black or red box to bet on the colour.
  • Bet whether the number will be even or odd using the designated boxes.
  • Select the 1 to 18 box for a low bet or the 19 to 36 box for a high bet.
Place an outside bet for the best results in roulette.

Understanding Roulette Odds And Payouts

In European roulette betting on single number pays 35 to 1 yet the odds of hitting that number are 1 in 37 due to the inclusion of the 0. That spread is how casinos make their money.

You’ll want to refer to this roulette odds and payout table as you play:

  • Straight Up Bet (1 Number) 2.7% Probability And Pays 35 to 1
  • Split Bet (2 Numbers) 5.4% Probability And Pays 17 to 1
  • Street Bet (3 Numbers) 8.1% Probability And Pays 11 to 1
  • Corner Bet (4 Numbers) 10.8% Probability And Pays 8 to 1
  • Line Bet (6 Numbers) 16.2% Probability And Pays 5 to 1
  • Dozen Bet (12 Numbers) 32.4% Probability And Pays 2 to 1
  • Column Bet (12 Numbers) 32.4% Probability And Pays 2 to 1
  • Red Or Black (18 Numbers) 48.6% Probability And Pays 1 to 1
  • Even Or Odd (18 Numbers) 48.6% Probability And Pays 1 to 1
  • Low Or High (18 Numbers) 48.6% Probability And Pays 1 to 1

As you can see in the table above, you’ll stand to win £3500 betting £100 on a single number. Of course the odds of that happening are only 2.7%. Meanwhile you can double your money betting on black with almost 50:50 odds. It really comes down to how much you can handle, but most people tend to make a combination of bets.

Variations Of The Game

Roulette Game Variations

As mentioned you’ll find European and American versions of the game. The difference is the addition of an extra ‘00’ slot on the wheel, which slightly reduces your odds of winning. Given a choice always play European roulette unless you get a rush out of defying the odds even further.

Some casinos offer what is known as racetrack betting. This allows you to make wagers on particular parts of the wheel. The numbers on the roulette wheel aren’t arranged sequentially. This racetrack simply mirrors the order of the numbers as they appear on the wheel. You can bet on individual numbers or three physical sections known as Tiers du Cylindre, Orphelins and Voisins du Zero.

Live And Online

These are exciting times for roulette players. Many online casinos now offer live dealer games. Unlike traditional online roulette, which plays like a video game, live dealer roulette broadcasts an interactive roulette table featuring a live human croupier onto your computer. Experience all the thrills of a captivating human dealer spinning a real wheel before your eyes. It’s as authentic as it gets.

Roulette Stakes And Limits

When playing roulette, you are free to make as many bets as you choose within the posted limits. Minimum bets on some sites start at ten pence or less. If you are a high roller, you can find sites that let you wager £10000 or more. We recommend managing your bankroll. Pacing yourself is part of any effective gaming strategy.

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