Roulette is one of the oldest casino games in the world and can be great entertainment, especially for those who are perhaps visiting a casino for the first time. Whereas it takes a certain amount of skill and knowledge to be successful at many of the card tables, roulette really is a game for everyone. Even though, statistically, the odds are pretty much stacked in the casinos favour, it is a game of chance and you never know, Lady Luck just might be shining on you.
Roulette really is a game of chance. There are all sorts of conspiracy theories about croupiers who can land the ball within a certain segment of the wheel and having loaded balls etc, but that’s really the stuff James Bond films are made of, we’re talking about spinning a little ball and guessing where it will land – it’s as simple as that.
The Wheel – there are two different types of roulette wheel, a European wheel has 37 different slots (1 – 36 and 0) and an American wheel which has 38 different slots (1 – 36 and 2 x 0) – this makes a big difference, if the ball lands in 0 the house wins so that increases their chances to more than 5%.
The Lay Out – When you sit down at the roulette wheel you’ll notice that there are two different “betting zones” if you like, the inside zone which is simply the numbers 1 – 36 and of course, the dreaded 0 or 00, and the outside zone which gives you loads more betting options, colors (red or back), odds and evens, thirds, columns, there’s just so much to choose from.
Before you start to Play Roulette
Before you start playing you will need to buy your chips. These are all different colors which help to prevent both you and the croupier from becoming confused. Very often chips can be for quite a small amount of money which makes it all the more fun. You can have loads of fun without breaking the bank.
Once you have your pile of chips at the ready you can begin. Many people have a lucky number which is often a good start, but what are the chances of a single number coming up? Realistically it’s good to spread things out a little. Then again, if you do get a straight bet on a winning number you’ll be paid out at 35 to 1, that’s quite a pile don’t you think?
How the Odds Stack up at Roulette
Outside Bets – these are the bets in the outer betting zone. You will see that there are boxes for red and black, odd and even, each of which is an even money bet, well, you’ve got an even chance of it landing on either haven’t you? If you bet on dozens (blocks of 12 consecutive numbers) or columns (blocks of 12 numbers in the vertical columns) then your odds pay at 2 – 1.
Inside Bets – if you choose to bet on the numbers on the inner betting zone there are a variety of options too. You can bet on a direct number for 35 – 1, split between two numbers for 17 – 1, bet on a corner which splits it four ways and pays 8 – 1.
There are other ways but that’s probably plenty to be going along with. Just one other thing to say before the finish, if you win at roulette the croupier will give you your chips, even if you didn’t notice you’d won. How good is that?