The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the world’s most beloved casino games, beloved for its ease of play and high returns. Although there are multiple variations to roulette’s basic rules, betting can still take place by placing single numbers, groupings of numbers or colors red or black as outside bets typically offer greater returns than inside bets.

When playing online, the first step to selecting your wager amount and placing it on the table map. When finished, press the spin button in the lower right corner. Within seconds, the wheel will spin, determining its winning number before automatically giving payouts.

The roulette wheel contains 36 pockets – 18 red and 18 black plus either one or two green pockets (depending on its variation) that give the house an advantage in play, decreasing a player’s odds of placing straight bets on any number.

Each roulette table displays minimum and maximum betting limits on its placard. Different bet types offer differing odds, so selecting an approach that meets your budget requirements is key to successful roulette play. In addition, familiarizing yourself with all of the rules and regulations before beginning play.

Some casinos provide special bet types in addition to traditional ones, like betting on the second dozen of a European wheel which pays out 2-1 but may have higher house edges than other wagers.

If you are fortunate to hit a straight bet, your winnings will be paid out immediately and any remaining chips that were wagered can be put back in play immediately in the next round as part of “carryover”. This process is known as “splitting”.

Although there are various roulette strategies, most are focused around the idea that you can beat the house by counting different odds for different bet types. While some systems provide evidence supporting them, others merely suggest them.

Frank Scoblete hails from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and has held positions in education, theatre and casino gambling. As an expert on gambling he has written 35 books as well as contributed articles to several print and online publications. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Masters of Fine Art degree in writing. With a passion for writing, publishing and teaching. Currently working on his memoirs. Please remember that gambling can be addictive so always gamble responsibly and never more than what is within your financial means. Please seek assistance if you suspect you have a gaming issue. Thank you for reading our article, feel free to share any thoughts and ask any questions that arise; our resident gaming expert would be more than happy to assist! This piece was written by our resident gaming expert; feel free to post a comment or reach out with any inquiries about the article, site, or gaming in general!