Roulette is a casino game with a wheel. It is a variation of the Italian game Biribi and is one of the most popular games in casinos worldwide. In the United States, it is called American Roulette.
The basic game of roulette consists of a spinning wheel with numbered sectors that are alternating red and black. It is usually made of solid wood and has a spindle that revolves around its edge. A ball is spun around the outer edge of the wheel and dropped into a numbered sector when it stops.
Before the wheel is spun, players place bets on which number the ball will land on by laying down chips on a betting mat. These bets can be placed either on a single number or multiple ones.
Inside Bets: These bets are on specific numbers or a set of them that have been grouped in order to increase the probability of winning. They are the most popular type of bets in roulette.
Outside Bets: These bets are on various groupings of numbers and are less common. They are also usually more expensive and offer a lower payout.
The Dozens Bet: This bet is on the first 12 numbers on the layout, and it pays out at 2-1. It is a good bet for beginners.
Odd or Even: This bet is on the 18 odd or even numbers, with a payout of 1-1. It is a good bet for beginner bettors, but it is not recommended.
High or Low: This bet is on the first or last 18 numbers on the layout, and it pays out a winning payout of 1-1. It is a high-risk bet that can pay out large sums of money if you hit a big win.
Neighbours: This bet is on the opposite side of the wheel compared to the Voisins du Zero and covers 12 numbers from 27 to 33 on the wheel. It is a more complex bet than the Voisins du Zero and covers a much larger area of the wheel.
Split Bet: This is a type of bet that is not commonly played in American Roulette. It is on the same dividing line as the Street bet but on the outside row instead of the inner one. It is a good bet for newcomers, but it offers a smaller payout than the Street bet and is a riskier bet.
Announced Bets: This type of bet is most commonly featured in French Roulette but it is also present in European variants. It is not as complicated as some of the other types of bets in roulette, but it does have its own rules and needs to be understood by players.
The Roulette Wheel:
A roulette wheel consists of a spinning disk with divisions that are numbered from 1 to 36 and alternating red and black. It is usually round and slightly convex in shape. The divisions are separated by metal partitions known as separators or frets that allow them to be easily removed. The compartments or pockets between the separators are called canoes by croupiers and they are painted alternately red and black, with a green division on the European-style wheels that carries the sign 0 and a second green one on American-style wheels that carries the sign 00.