How to Play Roulette

Roulette is a popular game that comes in a variety of styles. Most of the rules of the game are the same from variation to variation and the real noticeable difference is with the odds. An example of this can be seen with regards to European roulette and American roulette. The games are played the same way and the only notable difference is the American roulette wheel has an extra number on it which is “00”. The European roulette wheel has 37 numbers on it which consist of the numbers 1 through 36 and the zero. The addition of the extra number “00” significantly changes the odds of the game.

The game of roulette is played on an elongated table. At one end of that table there is the wheel and on the other end is where the bets are placed. The layout of the table offers players a variety of possible bets and they will place their bets by placing their chips on the appropriate number, color, or other betting options. On the wheel, the numbered slots are also colored either red or black. Players will be betting on which color or number the ball will land in once the wheel stops spinning.

Once everyone has placed their bets on the table, the croupier will spin the wheel and drop the ball. The ball will make its way around the wheel until the wheel stops spinning and the ball settles into one of the slots. Once it is determined the ball is stable then the croupier will announce the winning number/color and the players who win will be paid. Once again, the players will place their bets for the next game and a new game will start.

When players play roulette at an online casino, the rules are generally the same as when they are playing in a land based casino. The main difference is they will be playing the game on their computer. Instead of placing their chips in the appropriate spot for their bet, they will select the amount of their bet and click on the spot in order to place their bet. The roulette wheel will spin, the ball will drop into the wheel, the wheel will stop and the ball will settle into a spot. Once this takes place the player will either win or lose and at this point their account will be credited for a win or they will lose their wagered credits if they lose. Some online casinos offer players the chance to play live roulette and this is where they play roulette on their computer, but it is still a live game with a real dealer. It is done with a webcam, a mic, and speakers.

Rules of Roulette

Players will want to study the odds on betting on roulette and learn as much as they can about playing the game as possible, while starting off slowly and cautiously. Once they get the hang of the game better, they can start to play on a more serious level. Below is an explanation of the bets in the game of roulette:

The house edge comes from the 0 and 00 slots. These are not red, black, odd, even, or a part of other betting sequences.

Outside Bets in Roulette

Red or Black: Players can bet on whether or not the ball is going to land on either a red number or a black number. This bet pays out even money.

Odd or Even: The player can bet on whether the ball is going to stop on an odd number or an even number. This is also an even money bet.

1 – 18 or 19 – 36: This is another even money bet and players are betting on whether the ball will land on the first 18 numbers or the last 18 numbers.

Dozen Bets: This is a bet on the first set of 12 numbers, second set of 12, or third set of 12.

Column Bets: These are bets placed on any of the three columns on the grid.

Inside Bets in Roulette

Single Number Bets: This is a bet on the ball landing on a single number.

Split: This is when a bet is placed on two numbers.

Street: This is a bet on three numbers.

Corner: This is a bet on four numbers.

Five-number Bets: This is considered to be the worst bet in roulette.

Double Street: This is a bet on 6 numbers.

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