The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world and has been played for centuries. It is a game of chance that adds glamour and mystery to the gambling experience. It is also a game with a surprising level of depth for serious players. There are many different systems and strategies for playing roulette – some simple, some complicated. But even a casual player can make money by correctly guessing the number or type of bet that will win on each spin.

There are three main roulette variations – American, European, and French. While all of these have subtle differences, the European version is the most popular and has the highest winning odds. The game is played with chips on a betting mat with precise markings that indicate the bet being made. Players place their chips before the croupier spins the wheel and the ball.

The roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with metal compartments around the rim. Thirty-six of these compartments are painted alternately red and black, and they are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. A 37th compartment, on European wheels only, carries the sign 0 while on American roulette wheels two green pockets carry the numbers 0 and 00.

Column- You stake on the ‘2 to 1′ inscribed on the roulette felt and win if the ball falls in any of the columns you have wagered on. Dozen- This is a bet that the ball will fall in any of the three ’12’ sections on the roulette felt and you win if it lands in your chosen section. En Prison- This is a rule similar to la partage, except that half of your stake remains on the table if you lose a bet in this instance.

Some of the most common roulette bets are the straight-up, split, and corner bets. In addition to these, some players choose to play outside bets, which are groups of numbers grouped together on the table map. These bets offer lower odds and are therefore considered ‘riskier’ by some players. Regardless of which bet you place, it is important to remember that roulette is a game of chance and there are no guaranteed methods of beating the house.