How to Win at Roulette


Roulette is a casino game with a long and storied history. It has offered glamour, mystery and excitement to casino-goers since the 17th century, and with the right strategy can also yield high rewards. To make the most of your time playing roulette, you must correctly guess the number or type of numbers the ball will land on when it’s spun by a dealer. You can bet on individual numbers, groupings of numbers, colors (red or black), odd or even, and high (19-36) or low (1-18).

The roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with a metal compartments around the rim. The compartments, called frets or canoes by roulette croupiers, are painted alternately red and black, with a single green division marked 0. On American wheels there is an additional green section numbered 00. The whole wheel is mounted on a spindle, and when the dealer drops a metal ball into the slot it’s in, it will quickly come to rest in one of the compartments, where a marker will be placed.

Before the ball is dropped, players place chips on a betting mat to make a wager. The exact placement of the chips is significant because each bet has a different payout. A bet on a single number is known as a Straight-Up, whereas a bet on two numbers is a Split. The bet that covers all the numbers forming a square is known as a Corner.

Once the betting is completed, play begins after the dealer clears the table of any losing chips. Losers are paid first, then winners and the process repeats. It’s wise to start by placing your bets on “outside” bets, which are more likely to win and pay out a greater percentage of the total amount wagered. Then gradually work your way towards the inside bets, which have a lower chance of winning but a much higher payout.

It is a good idea to choose a roulette table that is within your budget, and to start by placing your bets on the outside bets which are cheaper and have a better chance of winning. You should avoid betting too much on the inside bets as they have a higher house edge and can quickly empty your bankroll.

It’s also a good idea to set your budget before you begin and stick to it. This will keep you from losing more than you can afford and prevent you from trying any risky strategies.