As casino games go, roulette is one of the easiest to start playing, but the simplicity of it should not be mistaken for a sign that it is a quick way to win big.
It’s not a game where you have a system to beat opponents, like in poker, as you aren’t playing against other players. Even though there may be several people playing on the same roulette table at any one time, you’re all playing against the house. And, of course, the house has an edge.
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The edge will depend on whether the table is a single or double zero table. If it’s a double zero table, which is an American table, then the house’s edge is even greater at 5.26% compared to 2.7% on a European table.
Outside of the zeros, you then have 36 other numbers, running from 1-36 and then 18 slots which are black and 18 slots which are red.
That gives you the general layout of the roulette wheel. You then have a table on which you will place your bets. This will contain all the numbers of the roulette wheel, along with other areas for you to bet on, such as whether the number of the slot the ball lands in will be odd or even, or if it will be red or black.
When it comes to placing your bet, it’s good to know the odds of the outcome you are betting on as this will help to influence your stake.
Evens – If you bet on red, black, odd, even, or the number being between 1-18 and 19-36, then you will get your stake back, and the same amount again as winnings if you are correct.
2/1 – This is the odds for if you place a bet on the number being 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.
5/1 – This is for a 6 Line, which is when you pick any six numbers from two horizontal rows on the table.
6/1 – This is the odds for a bet which is sometimes called the First 5 and sometimes the Top Line. You are essentially betting on the number being one of the first five numbers, so it does depend on whether you are playing on a single or double zero roulette wheel.
8/1 – For a corner, when you bet on any four adjoining numbers on a block.
11/1 – Street. This is for any three numbers on a horizontal row.
17/1 – This is for a split so you are betting on two adjoining numbers either vertically or horizontally.
35/1 – The odds for betting on a single number.
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Now you know the odds, in terms of playing the game you just decide what outcome you want to bet on and how much you are willing to risk. You place your chips in that section or on that number, and wait for the roulette wheel to spin. When it lands on a number, you’ll quickly be told if you’ve won or not.
When it comes to playing live roulette, the majority of online casinos will have a version of it, and some also have live dealers as well. This helps to enhance the experience of playing the game.
As you can see from the odds, irrespective of what is shown in the movies, playing roulette isn’t a game you are going to get rich instantly from playing unless you are playing with big stakes, but it can be rewarding and making notes of the winning numbers, colours, sections etc can help going forward to increase your own probability of winning.