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How to Play Roulette

Roulette involves placing bets on a number, a range of numbers, the colour red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.

Roulette is one of the easiest games to play and understand in the casino. Players may choose to place bets on a number, a range of numbers, a colour – red or black, or whether the number is odd or even. Bets are made by placing chips on the table surrounding the Roulette wheel, corresponding to the bets described above.

To determine the winning number and colour, a croupier spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel. The ball slows gradually and falls on to the wheel and into one of 37 (in European roulette) or 38 (in American roulette) coloured and numbered pockets on the wheel.

As usual the easier a game is to understand the greater the house edge, and roulette is no exception. If you are looking for an easy to understand and slow paced table game, and are prepared to sacrifice on the house edge, then you may like roulette.

If you want something more stimulating or with a better return I would suggest looking at other casino games. Roulette is a good game for newcomers to a casino to try, where they can become accustomed to their surroundings and Casino etiquette.

Variations

American Roulette
A U.S. roulette wheel consists of 38 numbered pockets: numbered 1 to 36, a zero, and a double zero. The betting layout consists of every individual number as well as a host of “outside” or combinations of numbers.

European Roulette
European Roulette unlike the American variation only has one zero pocket, reducing the house edge by some margin. Thus the wheel is made up of 37 pockets: numbered 1 to 36 and a zero, coloured green.

If confronted with a choice, always play European roulette. The second zero on the American table almost doubles the house edge (5.26%) as opposed to (2.7%) on a European table.

Types of Bets

Inside Bets

  • Straight-up: a single number bet. The chip is placed entirely on the middle of a number square.
  • Split: a bet on two adjoining numbers, either on the vertical or horizontal (as in 14-17 or 8-9). The chip is placed on the line between these numbers.
  • Street: a bet on three numbers on a single horizontal line. The chip is placed on the edge of the line of a number at the end of the line (either the left or the right, depending on the layout).
  • Corner (or square): a bet on four numbers in a square layout (as in 11-12-14-15). The chip is placed at the horizontal and vertical intersection of the lines between the four numbers.
  • Six Line: a bet on two adjoining streets, with the chip placed at the corresponding intersection, as if in between where two street bets would be placed.
  • Trio: a bet on the intersecting point between 0, 1 and 2, or 00, 2 and 3.

Outside Bets

Outside bets typically have smaller payouts with better odds at winning.

  • 1 to 18: a bet on one of the first low eighteen numbers coming up.
  • 19 to 36: a bet on one of the last high eighteen numbers coming up.
  • Red or Black: a bet on which colour the roulette wheel will show.
  • Even or Odd: a bet on an even or odd number.
  • Dozen Bets: a bet on the first (1-12), second (13-24), or third group (25-36) of twelve numbers.
  • Column Bets: a bet on all 12 numbers on any of the three vertical lines (such as 1-4-7-10 on down to 34). The chip is placed on the space below the final number in this string.

How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack (also known as Twenty-one, Vingt-et-un, or Pontoon) is a mix of chance and skill and is the most widely played casino banking game in the world.

How to Play Craps

Craps can be a daunting game for the beginner. It’s fast-paced and involves a range of bets and commands that can seem like a foreign language.

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