object of Roulette is to guess in which slot on the
wheel the ball will land, after each spin. There are
a number of bets you can place, each with different
odds of winning and consequently with different levels
of payout if your bet is successful.
is a game of LUCK in which the players have no control
over the outcome and as such, there isn't really a great
deal of strategy involved. It is the equivalent of rolling
a 37 or 38 sided dice.
For that reason, it is the only game I play when visiting
the casino at the end of a night out, because it's the
only game you can play just as well after *cough*
a few *cough* beers!
look at the table
table consists of the "inside" and the "outside",
with the inside being the single number grid, including
the 0's and the ouside being the nine boxes to the left
and the three boxes at the bottom.
will have a minimum bet for both inside and outside
bets, with the outside minimum usually being a lot higher.
standard roulette wheel contains the numbers 1-36 and
then either one or two "House Numbers" - a
0 and sometimes a 00 aswell. When the roulette ball
lands on either the 0 or the 00 the house "wins",
no bets are paid out (unless someone specifically bet
on 0) and the house rakes all the bets. This is how
the casino makes it's profits from the game.
there is just one 0, the House Edge will be 2.7% but
if there is also a 00 the house edge will be 5.3%. (The
House Edge is the percentage of total bets the casino
will win, over an infinite number of hands).
bet you place, the odds are proportionally idential.
I.e. you are no better off (mathematically) constantly
betting on red than you are betting constantly on number
21 - theoretically, you will always lose 5.3% or 2.7%
of your money depending on how many 0's are on the table.
I know this is a rather negative way of looking at things
but it is also realistic. I still play Roulette because
I enjoy the buzz - I understand that on average, mathematics
say I will lose, but I don't care because I find it
fun... Besides, common sense tells you that you're not
going to play an infinite number of games, so luck will
play a bigger part in your success than probability!
What's more, if you are playing online, the bonuses
that casinos offer actually turn the mathematics in
ENOUGH BORING THEORY, LETS LOOK AT THE TYPES OF BET
YOU CAN PLACE!
on a single number
split between two adjacent numbers - place your
bet on the line between the two
17 to 1
on a row of 3 numbers - place your bet at the end
of the row
11 to 1
on 4 numbers - place your bet at the corner of the
8 to 1
on 6 numbers over 2 rows - place your bet at the
end of the row, at the corner of both rows.
5 to 1
to 1 means that if you bet $1, you win $36 (your $1
back and another $35 in winnings)
covering 12 numbers (the boxes labelled 2 to 1)
covering a "square" of 12 numbers (1-12,
13-24 or 25-36).
on either red or black.
1 to 1
on either odd or even numbers.
on the top or bottom half of the numbers (1-18 or
stated above, there are really no "tactics"
to Roulette - you place your bet, cross your fingers
and hope for the best! The only real question is how
much to spread your betting. You can place as many bets
as you like per spin and spread them across as much
of the board as you like.
more you spread, the more chance you have of winning,
but the smaller your win will be, as your total bet
cost you a lot more in the first place.
casinos will use the 'En Prison' rule. This means that
if the ball lands on a 0, the casino will only take
HALF of everyones bets for that round and the players
keep the other half. Sometimes you will have to leave
the chips where they are for the next spin. This reduces
the House Edge to only 1.35% in games with one zero.
no better way to learn Roulette than to play it, so
, to play a free version of the game. It is just
for play money and will appear in a pop up window. Place
your bets, then click the wheel to spin.
you want a little more info, I have also written a guide
to how I personally play at the Roulette table. If you
would like to read it, Click
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