Roulette Introduction

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 26th, 2010

The allure of the Roulette wheel has captured the attention of many walking through the casino. In some areas of the world, it is viewed as an elegant game-thoughts of James Bond come to mind. Roulette has a few versions. The two most popular are the European and American versions. The main difference and its effect on the game will be discussed in this article. We will also go over the probabilities of winning. Anyone that wants to win at a casino game needs to know as much as possible.

American Roulette

The American Roulette wheel has 38 slots in it. First, there are the numbers one through thirty-six. Finally, there are the 0 and 00 slots. American Roulette has a 5.26% house advantage over the player.

European Roulette

The European Roulette wheel has 37 slots in it. Like the American wheel, there are the numbers one through thirty-six. The European wheel also has a single 0 slot. The lack of the 00 slot makes the European version better to play. The house advantage drops down to 2.70%. There have been many systems devised for Roulette. The origins of these systems were really devised for the European version of the game.

Betting Types

Following are some common types of betting in Roulette. If you are playing in a live game and have any trouble, just ask the dealer. He or she will be happy to assist you.

Column Bet: The column bet is on the outside of the Roulette layout. It pays 2-1.

Dozens: Players can bet on the first, second or third set of 12 numbers. It pays 2-1.

Low or High: This bet pays even money. Players can bet on the winning number being 1-18 or 19-36.

Odd or Even: Another even money bet. Players bet on the winning number being odd or even.

Red or Black: A very common even money bet. Will the winning number be red or black?

Split Bet: Placing your bet on the line between two numbers creates a split bet. You win if either number comes up. It pays 17-1.

Straight-Up Bet: Placing your bet on any single number. If your number comes up, you win 35-1.

As you may have noticed, if the winning number is 0 or 00, these bets lose. That's why the house has a nice advantage. To win on a 0 or 00, you must bet it straight up or split. Honestly, the game of Roulette is not that complicated. In a live game, there tends to be a spin every minute or two. Most live games also record the last 10-40 numbers for you as well. Even if you are brand-new to the game, you can have it down pat in about 10-30 minutes. Online players can play at their own speed. Most online Roulette games offer betting help too.

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