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What is Roulette?

Roulette has offered glamour, mystery and excitement to players since the early 17th century. The game is popular in casinos worldwide in part because its rules are relatively simple and easy-to-understand. However, roulette offers a surprising level of skill for serious bettors. The game is extremely popular because of the ability to achieve wins with almost every bet. This is why a lot of people play Roulette online or use their Mobile Casino Software to play Roulette whilst traveling

You can play Roulette online at Betreels Casino and you can even use our Live Dealer Software to play against real people around the world and where real dealers spin the roulette wheel for each game. Live Dealers at Betreels Casino make playing online Roulette safe and secure.

Different types of Roulette

At every roulette table (and at every game in the casino itself), the house always has an edge. All bets at both wheels (French or American) are paid at odds that would be true if only the 36 numbers were on the wheel. Their advantage comes from to 0 and the 00 in America. There are theories as to how you can improve your odds, but they don't work.

On an European roulette table with a single zero, the casino has an advantage of 2.7%. At American tables, the "00" slot increases the casino's advantage even more. On a roulette table with a double zero, the casino has an advantage of 5.26%.

There are three different types of Roulette played in land-based casinos and online.

  • EUROPEAN ROULETTE (SINGLE ZERO ROULETTE): Has 37 Numbers namely 1 to 36 and a 0
  • FRENCH ROULETTE (SINGLE ZERO ROULETTE): Has 37 Numbers namely 1 to 36 and a 0, but the betting field is different to European Roulette
  • AMERICAN ROULETTE (DOUBLE ZERO ROULETTE) : Has 38 Numbers namely 1 to 36 and a 0 and a 00

How to play Roulette

Roulette is French for "little wheel." On this wheel are 36 numbers and a 0. This is called European Roulette. If there is a “0” and a "00", then it is American Roultette. More on this below. A croupier (dealer) sends a small ball spinning around the wheel and it will eventually land on one of the numbers. Bets are placed on the table, correlating with the slots the ball can possibly land in. Here is an European Roulette table. As you can see, there are additional betting options besides 0 to 36.

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You can choose to wager on any of the following:

  • 1st 12
  • 2nd 12
  • 3rd 12
  • 1-18
  • 19-36
  • Even
  • Odd
  • Black
  • Red

When playing Roulette at a brick-and-mortar casino or at an online casino, you need to know your inside and outside bets. It’s simple to learn Roulette and that is why the game is so popular amongst players of all countries.

Inside Bets

In roulette, you have to anticipate the number or slot where the ball is going to land. To do this, there are a range of bets you can make. "Inside" bets, or bets placed on specific numbers, generally have higher paying odds. You can bet:

  • "Straight up" betting on one number pays 35 to 1
  • Split betting on two numbers pays 17 to 1
  • "Street" betting on three numbers pays 11 to 1
  • Three numbers can be bet with just one chip. It can be placed on the end of any "street" (the row of 3 numbers) on the table map.
  • Corner betting on four numbers pays 8 to 1
  • The chip lies on the intersection of the four numbers.
  • Six line betting on 6 numbers pays 5 to 1
  • The chip lies on the edge of two adjoining streets.
  • Additionally, for American roulette, there is the Five-number bet which covers "0,00,1,2,3" and pays 6:1, and the Row 00 bet which covers 0 and 00 and pays 17:1.

Outside Bets

These bets do not involve specific numbers and are made on the outside of the number map, hence the name.

  • Color betting (red or black) pays 1 to 1
  • Even or odd betting pays 1 to 1
  • Column or betting on 12 numbers pays 2 to 1
  • Dozen betting (1st 12, etc.) pays 2 to 1
  • High or low bets pay 1 to 1

How to Play Roulette

Whether you are playing Roulette in Vegas, Atlantic city or any other casino (including online), you need to choose a table first. Typically tables have different limits, meaning your chips have a certain value

Each table will carry a placard describing the minimum and maximum bets at the table. For example, it might read, "Roulette. £5 minimum inside bets, £5 minimum outside bets. £1,000 maximum outside, £100 maximum inside." Table maximums usually are lower on inside bets because of the higher payoffs offered.

Each person at a Roulette table will get their own colour chips in the denomination for that table. The reason for this is for the dealer (croupier) to differentiate whose chips belong to who once the “hand” is complete. You will hand over cash or your usual casino chips and receive chips in equal value in an available colour for your table.

Each table will also have a board that indicates the previous numbers the ball has landed on. While you may be tempted to look at this and feel as if the odds of a number repeating are incredibly low, that's not the way it works. With each spin, the odds of each number remain the same. It's the same wheel and the same ball every time.

For all intents and purposes, there can be no strategy to roulette. It's pure and simple luck. Each number has the exact same shot of popping up every time...usually.

Sometimes, dealers have habits. They might release the ball at exactly the same angle and velocity nearly every time during a specific session. As the dealer releases the ball, the same numbers pass every time, increasing the chances that the ball ends up resting on the same portion of the wheel repeatedly.

A wheel can go off-kilter. However, casinos are pretty good at spotting this. There's really no way to tell if a wheel is off balance unless you monitor thousands and thousands of spins.

Once the ball comes to a rest, the dealer will place a marker on the winning number. All wins are paid and the remaining chips are removed. The next round begins with folks placing bets. The dealer will spin the ball and after a short pause, call: “No more bets” – at this point, you cannot add more chips and you now wait for the ball to stop. The process is repeated over and over and that is how Roulette is played.

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