How To Play Roulette

Brief History

Roulette was first played in France, way back in the 1700′s. Since then people around the globe have adopted the game and it has sky rocketed in to being one of the most popular casino games around.  One can attribute the popularity of the game simply down to the simplicity of it. It takes just minutes to learn all the rules and then provides fun and entertainment for years.

Basic Rules

Roulette is a game where players place bets on different outcomes. These different outcomes could be anything from the color, the number, whether its odd or even, high or low.

The croupier takes the bets and then spins the roulette wheel. The wheel randomly lands on a number and bets are paid out when the player wins.

There are two different types of roulette wheel. The American roulette wheel with 38 slots and the European roulette wheel with 37 slots.  The American roulette wheel has two green slots and the European roulette wheel only has one.  The casino edge is therefore greater on the American roulette wheel than the European one. So we therefore recommend that all players only play on the European version of the game.

The House Advantage

Many people claim to have roulette systems that beats the house. That is not true, the house has a mathematical advantage on every spin and therefore it is impossible to beat the house at roulette in the long term. Several systems may allow the player to win for a certain period of time, but in the long run, sadly the casino will always have an edge.

On a single 0 roulette wheel the house advantage is approximately 2.7%. On a double 0 roulette wheel the house advantage is a whopping 5.26%. (7.9% when players make a 5 number bet).

Roulette payouts

Apart from the 5 number bet, the casino has a fixed edge no matter what you bet on. Therefore there is no strategy that will increase the odds in your favor. All one can do is hope that they are lucky enough in the short run to win money from the casino. The various payouts on a European roulette wheel are as follows:

  • Single number – 35:1
  • Two number split – 17 to 1
  • Dozen – 2:1
  • Odd/even – 1:1
  • High/low – 1:1
  • Red/black – 1:1

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