How To Play Roulette

Roulette is very easy to spot in any casino, and is a popular choice both in bricks and mortar venues and also when playing online because it is a game of chance and requires very little in the way of knowledge of strategies or rules. However, just because there isn’t a steep learning curve doesn’t mean that you don’t need to have a good understanding of the basics before wagering on this game, otherwise you could end up decimating your bankroll.

How To Place A Roulette Bet

The principle of placing a bet on roulette is very simple – just put your chips on the colour, set or number that you want to wager on. European roulette is a better choice than American roulette as there is no 00. This table shows the payout you can expect to receive depending on which bet you choose

American Roulette

Payout

Evens

1 to 1

Odds

1 to 1

Blacks

1 to 1

Reds

1 to 1

1 – 18

1 to 1

19 – 36

1 to 1

1 – 12

2 to 1

13 – 24

2 to 1

25 – 36

2 to 1

Single number

35 to 1

2 number combos

17 to 1

3 number combos

11 to 1

4 number combos

8 to 1

6 number combos

5 to 1

Combo of 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3

6 to 1

European Roulette

Payout

Evens

1 to 1

Odds

1 to 1

Blacks

1 to 1

Reds

1 to 1

1 – 18

1 to 1

19 – 36

1 to 1

1 – 12

2 to 1

13 – 24

2 to 1

25 – 36

2 to 1

Single number

35 to 1

2 number combos

17 to 1

3 number combos

11 to 1

4 number combos

8 to 1

6 number combos

5 to 1

You can see at a glance that, no matter which variety of roulette you’re playing some bets are much more likely to result in a win than others, however you don’t have to just make a single bet on each spin. Instead, you are allowed to make as many as you wish and you will win if the ball ends up on any number that you have chosen. Players make bets before the dealer spins the wheel and often right up until the point where the dealer waves their hand over the table to indicate no more betting. Once the ball has fallen into its slot, the dealer announces the colour and number, placing a marker on that number on the lay out. The dealer will then scoop the losing bets towards themselves and make payouts by putting winning chips beside the original bets. Once the winning chips are all stacked up, the marker is removed and only then can players grab their chips. Of course, this is only relevant in a real world casino.

What Do You Need To Know About Roulette Chips?

Each player has chips which are differently coloured. This means that if there are two players betting on the same set of numbers, it’s clear who has to be paid and there can be no disagreements about the amount wagered by each player. A point to note is that you may be asked in a real world casino if you will be making outside or inside bets when buying your chips. The answer to this should always be both, since this gives completely freedom as to which bets to make. While in other games the chip’s colour indicates its denomination, the colour in roulette only denotes the player whom the chip has been given to. Chips in roulette may be any denomination – when buying in, players must tell the dealer the denominations that they want and the dealer then marks the same colour chips to show the worth of each chip.

What Do You Need To Know About Table Minimums?

All roulette games, both on and offline, have a minimum wager amount and this is the lowest bet which you can make for an outside bet. When making inside bets, the value can generally, be as small as you wish, however the total of all the inside bets put down by the player must add up to the minimum amount.

The Basics Of Roulette And Probability

It isn’t possible to second guess which number will come up when playing roulette. The results are truly random, and therefore just because Black has won during the last ten spins consecutively doesn’t mean that it’s any more or less likely to come up on the 11th spin. There are 38 slots on the roulette wheel, and therefore any number is equally likely to appear once in every 38 spins. There is no way to change these odds and no way to influence the outcome of any spin.

The Varieties Of Roulette

There are a few different versions of roulette, however the most popular type is European roulette which has a house edge of around 2.63%. This makes it a better choice than American roulette since the house odds are lower. The only difference between the two varieties is that American roulette has two zeros, whereas European roulette only has one, and this means that the house edge for American roulette is almost doubled at 5.26%

French Roulette is played on a European roulette wheel, however if the ball lands on 0 in this version when playing in a real world casino, half of the wager on even bets becomes “En Prison” which allows the player to either pull half their bets back or leave them in place for the next spin. When playing online, half of the bet is returned to the player automatically if the ball lands on 0. French roulette has a 1.35% house edge on even bets, which is the lowest possible in any version of the game.

One further version of roulette is “Bonus Roulette”. This is played online on an American roulette wheel, however in this version if 5 reds are spun consecutively, the player is awarded a bonus which usually matches the smallest bet placed in the previous 5 spins. In this version, there is a house edge of about 3.7% making it a better choice than standard American roulette.

Are There Any Strategies To Win At Roulette?

Unlike many other casino games, there are no clear strategies that can help you to win at roulette. This is because it is purely a game of chance with no skill required to alter the outcome of the spin of the wheel. That said, the true strategy in roulette is knowing how to place your bet to maximise your chances of winning. So, here is a guide to placing your wagers in order to increase your opportunities of success.

Bet 1 – Evens/Odds, Reds/Blacks or 1 – 18/19 – 36

No other game in a standard casino gives players the chance to get odds of almost 50:50 on bets, but if you choose one of the above options, you’ll be giving yourself a decent chance of hitting almost half the numbers on the wheel and this maximises your chances of a win. Of course, the payout ratio is also lower at just 1:1, however if you only take the numbers into account, these three options are clearly the safest and best option if you’re playing roulette. Although a 1:1 cash out doesn’t appear too appealing, bear in mind that if you have a larger bankroll to risk on one of these wagers, you can scoop a large reward. One example of this is the story of Ashley Revell who bet $136,000 (his life savings) on a single spin. Having put the entire amount on red, he was delighted when the ball landed on a red 7, doubling his money instantly for an amazing profit.

Bet 2 – Columns

If you’re not tempted by a 1:1 payment ratio and want something a little more exciting, wagering on columns gives you a 2:1 payout which is the second best option for those who want to limit risk while enjoying a greater thrill. This wager covers a large amount of the wheel while allowing players to potentially double their profits.

Bet 3 – Red & 2nd Column or Black & 3rd Column

Maybe you’d prefer to try a wager that offers something a little different. Hedging your bets with this third bet type could work well for you. When betting only columns, it’s important to note that the 3rd column features 8 red numbers and 4 black and the 2nd column features 8 black numbers and 4 red. Savvy punters can bet on the third column (which has more reds) with a second wager at the same time on black. This gives a better choice of breaking even at a minimum. With black covering slightly less than half the wheel and the extra reds in the third column covering a reasonable chunk of the reds, if you wager double the amount of your bet on the third column on black, you will break even thus minimising risk while adding slowly to the bankroll.

Bet 4 – Straight Up Bets

If you’re ready to go all the way to have the possibility of a huge profit, a straight up bet could be ideal for you, although a very risky option. Not for the faint hearted, a straight up bet is a wager on a single number, and should that number come up, the payout is a highly lucrative 35:1. While the chances of the ball landing on that single number is only 1 in 37, it could be a very rewarding risk if it’s your lucky day.

Bet 5 – Split Bets

An interesting mix of potentially lucrative profits and reduced risk is the Split Bet which involves placing chips of two numbers lying next to each other horizontally or vertically. The payout on a split bet is 17:1 and the odds are 1 in 18.

Taking care of your bank roll is perhaps the best strategy when playing roulette. Avoiding wagering all your winnings on the next spin is imperative if you want to make sure you go home with at least some money.

Whether you’re keen to play it safe or whether you like the thrill of risk, these are the best wagering options when playing roulette in either an online casino or a real world one.