The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is a casino game that has been around for hundreds of years and remains an important part of the gambling industry. It is a fun and exciting way to win real money, and is one of the most popular games in casinos worldwide.

Rules and Strategy

In order to play roulette, you’ll need to get your hands on some chips – which is actually a pretty simple process. The croupier will give you a set of chips in a color that matches the table, and you’ll need to select a dollar value for each chip. Once you’ve chosen a value, you’ll place your bets on the betting mat, and then she will hand you the chips that have the exact amount of money on them.

The wheel

A roulette wheel consists of a spinning disk with divisions numbered from 1 to 36 in a seemingly random pattern, with alternate red and black. On American wheels there’s a second green division marked 00, which helps to explain why the house edge on the American version of the game is so much worse than the European variant.

The wheel also has a spindle that is perfectly balanced, which means that the ball will spin smoothly and evenly. The wheel’s outer rim is a slightly convex shape and there are metal partitions or frets called canoes that divide it into thirty-six compartments painted alternately red and black.

These compartments are surrounded by small metal rings that help to keep the divisions in place and make the wheel look like it’s whirling around. When the ball lands in one of these compartments, the croupier will announce which number it was and the results of the spin.

The best bets

A number of different bets can be placed on the various numbers and positional groupings. These include the color red or black, odd or even, high (19-36) or low (1-18), and a variety of combination bets. The payouts on these bets can be as high as 35 to 1 and can be quite large, especially if you’re lucky enough to hit the right numbers in a row.