The Primary Rules of Roulette

June 28th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Roulette is an exciting game involving the rolling of a ball across a spinning wheel. The object is to select a winning number that will appear on the wheel. Other options include betting combinations of numbers, choosing odd or even and choosing a color; black or red.

The Equipment

Roulette is played on one of two wheels: the European wheel or the American wheel. The European wheel has 37 niches which are numbered 0-36. The American wheel contains 38 numbers due to the 00 spot. Unfortunately the addition of the 00 increases the house edge by 5.26 percent.

The layout of the betting table contains an inside and outside betting area. The inside area includes the individual numbers. These numbers are positioned in a 12 row by 3 column configuration. The 0 and 00 sit at the top of these columns. The outside area contains boxes for red/black, odd/even, columns and various groups of numbers.

Roulette Betting

When you first sit down and play, there are special chips that must be purchased from the dealer. Each player receives different colored chips to avoid any type of confusion. The chips can only be used at that specific table. As with all games, there’s a minimum and maximum bet.

There are many different combinations of inside bets that can be made including straight bets or those that straddle many numbers. Straight bets pay 35 to 1, split bets pay 17 to 1, line bets (straddles the inside and outside betting areas) pays 11 to 1, corner bet (touches 4 numbers) pays 8 to 1, basket bet (five number bet on zero) pays 6 to 1 and double street bet (six numbers) pays 5 to 1.

With the outside bets, red/black and odd/even are even money bets, dozens bets (12 numbers) pays 2 to 1, and column bets (12 numbers) pays 2 to 1. The payouts are much better with the inside bets, but there’s more risk involved.

The Roulette Game

The dealer is required to keep the wheel moving at all times. After all bets are placed, the ball is spun in the opposite direction of the wheel causing the ball to jump and spin prior to landing on a number. The winning number is indicated by the placement of a marker on the betting table. Players cannot place their bets for the next spin until the marker is removed.

Roulette is a fun and excited game that is quite popular on the gaming floors. This is a game of luck, but involves the calculation of odds vs. payout. While the casino has the edge against the average player, it’s still an entertaining way to spend money.

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