The Basics of Roulette

Roulette is one of the most popular casino games at online and land based casinos. It is easy to play and offers a high payout to those who correctly guess which slot the ball will fall into once the wheel stops spinning. Despite being a game of chance, roulette can provide a surprising amount of depth for serious gamblers who know the ins and outs of the game.

The word ‘Roulette’ is derived from the French word for a small wheel or table, and may refer to several different things:

A roulette wheel consists of a solid, convex, disk-like device with thirty-six equal compartments, alternating between black and red and numbered from 1 to 36 in a nonconsecutive pattern. An extra green compartment, labelled 00, is present on American-style wheels.

Before a spin, players place bets by laying them down on a betting mat, with the precise location of the chips indicating the bet being made. Bets can be placed on individual numbers, groups of numbers, colors (odd and even), or whether the number is odd or high. The croupier then throws a ball into the wheel, and the winning bets are paid out. Losing bets are cleared off the table first.

Each table carries a placard describing the minimum and maximum bets allowed for that table. Before playing, set a budget for your gambling session and choose a table that allows you to place bets within this limit. Choosing to bet on outside bets is often a better option, as they tend to have higher odds of winning.

After placing your bets, the dealer will give you coloured chips that match the value of your bet. These are known as ‘Roulette Chips’ and have a nominal value of PS1 each. When you win, it is a good idea to cash out your winnings as quickly as possible. This will prevent you from spending more than you can afford to lose, and will help you avoid losing more money in the future.