Roulette is a fast-paced game of betting that takes place on a specialized table. These tables were first developed in France, and their popularity took off soon after. They are now a mainstay of nearly every casino, both physical and digital.
Now there are a few different versions of roulette out there, but the most popular one is certainly the European version.
The European roulette tables all have 37 pockets. That is a pocket for numbers 0-36. This decreases the possible number of results when compared to the American tables and makes for better odds for the players, cutting down the house’s advantage.
In European roulette, bets must be placed before the wheel is spun. There are quite a few different types of bets available, and some of them will differ depending on which casino you are at. You are going to find a lot of the same bets anywhere you go, but you won’t find the same payouts.
Once you place your bets, you then wait while the wheel spins. If the number, range or colour you bet on is the result, then you win. The odds are always in the houses’ favour, so betting again and again is almost guaranteed to lose you money. There are betting systems you can use, but these are usually just a way to control your spending rather than to provide any guarantee of favourable odds.
If you win consecutively, then you have what is known as a hand (or sometimes a streak), and you hold that hand until you lose.
Bets for the tables are divided into two kinds- inside and outside bets. The inside ones are those that are very specific bets, and you have the lowest chance of winning them, Outside bets are more common, and the odds are much more favourable that you will win.
Inside bets tend to be bets on one or just a few numbers. A single bet is any bet on an individual number. A double bet is a bet on any two numbers. There are bets for three and four numbers as well, and these all tend to be bets for numbers that are grouped together. Casinos usually won’t let you pick just any three or four numbers to bet on. Bets for four numbers are typically only allowed for numbers that are arranged in a square pattern. Bets for groups of three numbers are usually for numbers that fall on a horizontal line.
Outside bets are where most people are going to be doing their betting. These are usually bets on a range of numbers or on a specific colour. The odds are usually around 50/50. Red or black bets are for a single colour. Odd or even bets put the wager down on one half of the numbers. There are also bets for players who want to bet on specific thirds or halves of the table.
The kinds of bets that you have to choose from when you play, either online or in the real world will be determined by the casino.