How to Play Roulette
Sat 15 July 2017
The game of Roulette is the oldest casino game in existence and it is one of the most popular games offered in land-based casinos as well as at online gambling sites. The objective of roulette is to choose the winning number that will appear on the roulette wheel. You, as a player can bet combinations of numbers, can choose the winning color or bet whether or not the number will be odd or even.
There are two types of roulette wheels. The European wheel has 37 slots numbered 0 through 36. The American wheel has 38 slots because it includes a double zero (00). Usually up to eight players can play at once. A dealer will spin the wheel once each player buys a different colored chip. The chips have value amounts printed on them and there are several denominations in various colors.
To start the game, you must place your bet or bets on numbers in the table layout outside the wheel. The dealer will spin the wheel which launches the ball. Just before the ball drops over the slots on the wheel, the dealer announces that no more bets are being accepted. Once the ball has dropped and landed, the dealer will place what is called the dolly on the winning number on the roulette table and the winners will be paid. The winners are those bets that are on or around the number that comes up. The bets on the outside of the layout win if the winning number is represented. It is customary that the dealer starts the first round of the day with the ball in the number slot of the date of that day.
This obviously excludes the numbers above 31 as well as 0. Regarding the payouts in roulette, a bet on one number only is called a straight-up bet and it pays 35:1. A two number bet is called a split bet and it pays 17:1. A three number bet is called a street bet and it pays 11:1. A four number bet is called a corner bet and it pays 8:1. A six number bet pays 5:1. A bet on the outside dozen or column pays 2:1 and a bet on the outside even money bets pays 1:1.
In order to win at roulette you need to predict where the ball will land after each spin. Some players choose to go with recent winning or ‘hot’ numbers while others use their own lucky numbers. Still others will study the game being played and go with numbers that have not won recently. Methodical players use roulette systems, money management systems or both.