Roulette Rules and Strategy
Roulette is probably the most popular casino table game around. The return on a bet is very large, if you win. There are two versions of the game, European and American Roulette.
European Roulette has 37 numbers on the Roulette wheel - 1 to 36 as well as 0. The wheel for European Roulette has 37 slots. The house advantage on European Roulette is 2.7%.
American Roulette has 38 numbers - 1 to 36, 0 and 00. The American Roulette wheel has 38 slots. The house advantage for American Roulette is slightly more than the European version at 5.26%.
The game starts of by the players placing their bets on the table. The croupier (the dealer that spins the Roulette wheel and basically runs the table) then spins the wheel and adds the ball to the wheel cavity. At a certain point he announces "No more bets". From this point onwards, no player can add, change or remove any bets that are placed on the table. When the ball drops into a slot on the Roulette wheel, the croupier announces the number and places the "dolly" on the number on the table. The croupier then removes all the losing bets from the table and pays out the winning bets.
Each player at the table is given a certain color of chips when he buys into the game that can only be used at the specific table. These chips are then placed, by the player, onto the Roulette betting table. The reason each player gets different colored chips is to ensure that the croupier knows who placed what bet(s) on the table. The player is then "paid" out in the colored chips, but, can also request value chips. These chips have a value printed on them, and can be used at any table that uses chips. They can also be cashed in.
After all the winning bets have been payed out, players can then again place bets on the table and the process starts again.
How it Works
Various bets can be made at the Roulette table.
Inside bets have the best payout values. The 0 and/or 00 can be included in these bets. These include:
Outside bets are also available. With these bets the player loose when the ball lands on 0 or 00. Outside bets include:
When playing Roulette, always ensure that when you place the bet, the chips that are placed are on the type of bet that you want to place! Many a player has wanted to place a number bet and by placing it to close to a line, ended placing a split bet. That type of error can result in the player only winning 17, instead of 35 chips.