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How to play Roulette

22 Jul 2013       By Danielle Lee


How to play Roulette- Roulette is one of the oldest casino gambling games that we have today. It is still immensely popular and can be found all across the globe. Since the seventeenth century, roulette has scarcely changed at all, unlike many other gambling games. It is also relatively simple to learn to play. For those of you who have never played, now is the chance to learn!

Familiarise yourself with the roulette wheel

A roulette wheel has either thirty seven or thirty eight slots depending on what game you are playing. In European roulette there are thirty six numbered slots, and one zero. In American roulette there are thirty six numbered slots, and two zeros: a standard zero, and a double zero.

Get some chips

Once you have your roulette chips, it is time to place a bet. In roulette you can either make one bet, or several bets. There are also several different ways to wager in roulette. The croupier is the equivalent of a dealer, and they will shout “no more bets”  when play is about to begin, and no more betting can be made.

Roulette chips

How to play roulette

Whether you win or not, depends entirely on the position the ball lands in on the roulette wheel. Of course if it lands in the zero spot, you lose your bet, and this gives the house a typical house edge of 2.7%. In American roulette, this is increased to 5.26% due to their being two zero spots. There are two exceptions to the rule however. When playing with the “En Prison” roulette rule, players are entitled to claim back half their bet or keep it wagered in if the ball lands on zero. The “La Partage” rule in roulette is similar, in that the player loses half their bet and cannot opt to keep it in. These two rules cut the house edge down to 1.35% for European roulette, and 2.63% for American roulette. Of course these rules aren’t always enforced (it depends on the game), and generally you will lose your money if the ball lands on a zero spot.

How to play Roulette- Roulette board and wheel

Choose your bets

As mentioned there are many ways you can bet in roulette. You can choose to bet on one number, which is known as a straight-up bet. This pays 35 to 1 in European roulette. You can also choose to bet on two numbers (split bet) for a 17 to 1 payout, a three number bet (street bet) for an 11 to 1 payout, four number bet (corner bet) at 8 to 1, or a six number bet at 5 to 1. These are all known as inside bets.

But there are also outside bets in roulette. Betting on a twelve number column or a twelve number dozen is also possible. Players may also decide to simply wager on a red or a black coming up, an odd or an even number appearing, or high and low numbers. In French roulette (which is essentially the same as European roulette), these types of bets are known as Colonne, Douzaine, Rouge/Noir, Pair/Impair and Manque/Passe bets respectively.

Which roulette game will you choose?

There are of course other variants of roulette available to play too, specifically in the online roulette world. The important thing to remember is that roulette is a game of chance, and that although the house edge is considerably low, there is a good chance that you will lose your bet if you wager on high payout stakes. However, if a person wagers on simple outside bets such as red and black, or odd and even numbers, they have a fairly large chance of being successful in roulette, given that the probability of winning something will be just under 50%, minus the house edge.