The Basics of Roulette


Roulette offers glamour, mystery, and excitement to casino-goers around the world. It is a simple game to play but has a surprising depth for serious betters, and the right strategy can reap high rewards. But first, you must understand the basics of this classic game.

A Roulette table consists of a large grid that outlines the wheel numbers and various other betting options. Players use chips to place their bets. They can choose to bet on a single number, various groupings of numbers, red or black, odd or even, or whether the number is high (19-36) or low (1-18).

There are many variations of roulette, but we recommend playing European roulette as it has higher winning probabilities. In fact, the house edge in this game is lower than the American version by a significant margin. The main difference between the two is that the American wheel has a double zero pocket, while the European one has a single zero.

The Roulette wheel is a solid wooden disk that is slightly convex in shape and contains 37 compartments painted alternately red and black. A croupier spins the wheel in a smooth, controlled manner and the ball drops into a compartment numbered 1 to 36. On the American version of the game, there is also a green compartment marked 00.

When you are ready to leave the table, simply tell the dealer how much you want each of your roulette chips to be worth and she will give them to you in normal casino chips. Once you cash them in, they have no value outside the roulette table. This allows you to avoid losing your winnings and start fresh when you return.