Roulette is one of the most popular casino games around the world, but with so many choices to bet on, how do you actually play the game?

Roulette has been a casino mainstay for centuries and the basics of the game are very easy to grasp.

We’ve all seen the roulette wheel. That is the main part of the game. Any number of players can take part, betting against the casino on where the ball will stop on the roulette wheel. The roulette wheel is the central and movable portion of a bowl. It is divided into alternate red and black compartments that are numbered from 0 to 36 with an additional double zero and green zero.

Each player gets coloured chips, based on the value of money. These are used to place bets on the roulette table. The croupier spins the roulette wheel and throws the ball against the direction of the wheel. Players can place their chips on the table before or for a short time after the croupier has spun the wheel. As soon as the ball makes a definite landing in any one slot, the dealer announces the winning number and pays out all the bets.

To place a bet you must first exchange cash for the Roulette chips. In the real world, you simply walk up to the table and place your cash on the table but clear of any numbers. The croupier will change your money and give you the corres[onding chips. Remember that most real-world casinos have minimum bets on odd or even and red or black. This is usually about £5 or £10, any other type of bet will normally be at least the table minimum, often as low as £1 or £2.

Online Roulette Guide

Online roulette is very simple. You simply log on to your chosen bookmaker or casino site, go to the casino section and click on your preferred roulette game. A virtual table appears with the minimum and maximum bets indicated on the side of the screen.

From there you decide whether you want to bet on red or black, a section of numbers or a specific number. If you hover your mouse over the numbers, the minimum bet amounts pop up. Click on the item you want to bet on and that’s it. You simply spin the wheel and if you win, you win. If you don’t then you lose your bet.

Bets made on an individual or adjacent numbers or small groups of numbers are referred to as ‘inside bets’ while the bets covering groups of 12 or 18 numbers (eg: red, odd etc) are known as ‘outside bets’.

Inside bets

These are all bets relevant to the first area on the betting-board and include:

  • Straight Up Bet: a bet on any single number, including zero, placed directly on the number.
  • Split Bet: a bet on two adjacent numbers, placed on the line between them. A split bet can also be put on 0, 1 and 2, or 0, 2 and 3.
  • Line Bet: a bet on six numbers (2 rows of 3 numbers), placed at the end of two rows on the line between them.
  • Corner Bet: a bet on a group of four numbers, placed at the corner where the 4 numbers touch.
  • Street Bet: a bet on three numbers in a row, placed on the line at the end of the row.

Outside Bets

These are bets relevant to the second area of the betting board and include:

  • Colour Bet: a bet on either all of the red numbers or all of the black numbers. This is signified by the placing of the chip on either the red box or the black box.
  • Column Bet: a bet on an entire column, placed on a 2-1 box at the end of a column.
  • Dozen Bet: a bet on a group of 12 numbers. The chip placed on either the 1st box of 12 numbers (1-12), 2nd box of 12 (13-24), or 3rd box of 12 numbers (25-36).
  • Low/High Number Bet: a bet on all low numbers or all high numbers. Placed on the low box (1-18) or the high box (19-36).
  • Even/Odd Bet: a bet on all even numbers or all odd numbers. Placed on the even box or the odd box.

Variations Of Roulette

There are different internet versions of Roulette, which have slightly adjusted rules:

European Roulette: uses a single-zero wheel that offers a reduced house edge of 2.7% on all bets.

French Roulette: Uses a single-zero wheel and offer the traditional European surrender rule. This is where a player’s even-money bet (black, red, even, odd, 1-18, 19-36) becomes imprisoned should the ball land in zero. If the player wins on the next bet the imprisoned bet is returned without the profit.

Roulette Royale: A single-zero game that offers a £1 side bet.  This wins if the same number is hit at least twice in a row. This is extremely exciting as if the number appears twice the player wins £15. If it hits three consecutive times, they get £200 and if it hits four times the player receives £3000.



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