The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world. Its popularity is based on the glamour and mystery that it offers. It has been around since the 17th century, and it is one of the mainstays of European resorts.

There are three different types of roulette bets: inside bets, outside bets and announced bets. All of these types have their own specific rules and payouts.

In the first category are bets that cover a single number on the roulette board. The bet pays 5 to 1 if the number wins, or even odds if it doesn’t win.

The other type of bets are those that cover multiple numbers on the board. The payouts for these bets are also lower, but they can be more interesting.

For example, a bet that covers three numbers can pay 3 to 1, while a bet that covers four numbers can pay 8 to 1. The difference between these two bets is that the first bet can be made with a single chip while the second requires a stack of chips.

There are also bets that cover entire sections of the roulette wheel. This type of bet is called a ‘Neighbours’ bet and it’s very common on roulette.

‘Neighbours’ bets are placed on whole sections of the wheel and are a great way to make more money than if you only place bets on individual numbers. There are three main sections on the wheel that can be used to place these bets: Les Voisins du Zero, Les Orphelins and Le Tiers Du Cylindre

A Roulette Wheel

A roulette wheel consists of a rotating disk with divisions that revolve around its edge. The divisions are numbered from 1 to 36 in a seemingly random pattern and alternate red and black. On American wheels there are also two green compartments numbered 0 and 0.

These divisions are separated by separators known as frets or canoes that surround the rim of the wheel. The roulette wheel spins smoothly in an almost frictionless manner.

Before the ball is spun, players place chips on a betting mat that indicates the location of the chips they have staked. These chips are then moved to the appropriate positions on the betting mat when the ball is dropped onto the board.

When the ball stops, the player can see where it fell and can bet again on that number. The winning bets are paid out according to the number on which the ball fell.

The house edge in roulette is very large, especially in comparison with other casino games like blackjack and baccarat. However, it’s not impossible to overcome this edge with some good strategy.

If you want to play roulette in a real casino, it’s important to be familiar with the rules and to know what are the best strategies for the game. The more you understand, the better your chances of winning.