Roulette is a table game that always has the crowd’s attention in a casino, and it’s a casino game that’s easy to understand, quick and exciting. Here, we’ll explain how to play Roulette, the types of bets placed, the different variants of Roulette.
How to Play Roulette
The first step is for the players to place their bets as they see fit. They will do this by placing their chips on lines or numbers. The croupier will then call out the famous phrase “No more bets” and maybe have to repeat the famous phase two of three times to the excited group of players surrounding the table.
The croupier will then spin the roulette wheel to one side and throw the ball to the other. The roulette wheel has a series of inlays called deflectors that are shaped like diamonds, which serve to deflect the ball even further when the ball is about to fall into one of 37 numbers, which provides even greater unpredictability.
Once the ball falls into the space corresponding to a particular number, the croupier will proceed to pay winning bets and clear losing chips from the table.
Betting and Odds
Outside bets consist of placing a bet on the outcome of the spin landing on an odd or even number, a red or black number, or a high or low number (1-18 or 19-36). Each of these bets will pay 1-1, meaning if you bet 100 on even and win, you will receive your original stake of 100 plus a further 100. The roulette table is split into three columns of numbers, which enable players also to bet which column the ball will land in. This outside bet is known as a column bet and pays 2-1, so betting 100 will return the player’s original stake plus 200 profit.
Placing an Inside bet on a group of numbers pays much higher returns if you win, starting with two types of inside bets known as a “Street bet” or a “Corner Bet.” To make a corner bet, a chip must be placed in the middle of the four squares. Each square containing a number, if the roulette ball lands on any of the four numbers, the player receives eight times the wagered stake. A street bet is similar, but the bet covers three numbers and pays 12 times the wagered stake.
The next bet is known as a “Split bet” a split bet is betting on two adjacent numbers. To do this, the player places a bet on the line that joins the two boxes on the cloth. If the ball falls on either number, the player receives 17 times the stake.
The last option is the simplest to explain but the most difficult to achieve, and that’s placing a bet on a single number, also known as “Straight Up.” Should the roulette ball land on the number, the player receives 36 times the wagered stake. Happy days!
There are other bets in Roulette. Choosing a series of numbers according to their position in the roulette wheel is known as a “Neighbours bet,” which allows the player to bet on one number and numbers either side.
“Neighbours of Zero” is a bet which covers half the numbers on the roulette wheel covering the zero and the eight numbers either side of the zero. That is to say; it includes 17 boxes in which the ball can fall.
There are three types of Roulette that have differences between them that at first glance may seem small, but in reality, they substantially modify the odds of winning. Depending on the specialty being played, they will change the advantages the casino will have over the players and their chances of winning. These are the American, French and European variants.
American Roulette is the most different of all. What makes this option different is the presence of double zero. The rest of the board will be the same, with the usual 36 numbers, 18 red and 18 black boxes, and the single zero in green.
What does this mean in terms of probabilities? From a purely mathematical perspective, it will be more difficult for the players to beat the bank because there’s another number added.
The other two types of Roulette (European and French) differ based on the absence of the double zero. So, they have common numbers and a single zero. Making the advantage that casinos have over the players notably smaller.
European and French roulette variants are not entirely equal. Bets are the same as well as odds; the difference between French and European Roulette is what happens when the ball falls on zero after placing an outside, not inside bet. Bets made on red/black, even/odd, and high/low.
If the ball drops on zero when a player has placed a bet on black or red, the dealer will not keep the bet, the bet will be classed as “en prison” and kept on the cloth for the next spin. If the player loses again, the house will keep the total value. But if the player wins the next spin, the player will get the previous bet back plus the payout from the spin just taken place. If you can find a casino offering this rule, which is called The La Partage rule, it will take the house edge down to 1.3% on even money bets!
As we mentioned at the beginning, by the very nature of the game in question, it is impossible to find a completely effective strategy. There won’t even be one that is at least as useful as the famous Blackjack card count. However, as with virtually all activities where money can be made, different tactics emerge.
One of the most recognized is Martingale. This action consists of doubling your initial bet when you lose and returning to that value after you win. The strategy is used in outside bets such as red/black and even/odd, where the payouts are 1:1.
This and other strategies are flawed in design. For example, if your placing 200 on red and the maximum for outside bets is set to 600, it simply doesn’t work. The only strategy that does work is to make sure your betting within your limits, and when you do win, cash your chips for cash and walk away happy.