How to Play Roulette
Roulette is an extremely popular casino game that has been dubbed a game of absolute chance and has, since its launch, quickly become one of the most played games in all of Europe as well as the general world of gambling.
When learning how to play roulette players must first be aware of the basics, with this game involving a table where players place their betting chips, a spinning wheel that comes with numbered pockets, and a ball being spun into the wheel. If the ball lands in a pocket that matches the number and colour that a player has bet on, the player will be paid out according to the house rules.
The Roulette Wheel
When learning how to play roulette, players need to become both acquainted and comfortable with the game’s most important chance feature, the roulette wheel. In order to win at roulette, players need to predict where the ball is going to land once the croupier has spun the wheel.
Players can benefit from learning how to play roulette with both commonly found variations, namely American and European roulette. The European has 37 pockets and the American 38, and every pocket will hold its own number with the European holding a single 0 and American wheels featuring a double 0 on the wheel. The numbers do not follow consecutive order and alternate between a pair of odds and a pair of evens, as well as alternating every number between black and red and the 0’s found on all wheels green.
The Roulette Table
It is just as imperative to understand the roulette table as it is the wheel when learning how to play roulette. The table is ultimately where players place their bets before the wheel starts spinning, and this is done using betting chips on a marked table.
The table is designed to accommodate the numbers on the wheel, excluding the 0 or 00, that is arranged into 3 separate columns, each holding 12 numbers. The numbers follow a consecutive pattern from left to right, meaning that the first row on the table will have 1,2 and 3, the second row with 4,5 and 6 and so on.
The rest of the roulette table provides space for players to make their specified bets, meaning they can not only bet on what number the ball may land on, but also whether the number will fall in the first, second or third column or whether it will be odd or even, whether it will fall between 1 and 18 or 19 to 36. Essentially, these extra options will pay out a lot less because of the change in odds, meaning the more specified the bet the higher the payout.
How to Play Roulette Online and in Land Based Casinos
Once a player has learnt how to play roulette in terms of the set-up, it is time to learn all there is to know about the actual gameplay. At the start of a game of roulette, players need to use their knowledge of the table as well as determine whether to place bets on a range of numbers or a single number, the colours black or red or whether the number that the ball lands on will be odds or evens.
The croupier will then spin the wheel in one direction, followed by him spinning the ball in the other direction around a track that ultimately follows the circumference of the numbers wheel. The ball will start to slow and when it fully loses momentum, the ball will drop and land in one of the number pockets.