Roulette is one of the simpler table games. The game involves a wheel with 37 numbers from 0 to 36 with some games including a double 0 for a total of 38. American Roulette has the full 38 slots while European Roulette omits the double 0 for a total of 37. The numbers are not arranged consecutively. Numbers are positioned opposite the corresponding high and low number. 1 is on the opposite side of 2 and so on and so forth until 35 is opposite 36. Red numbers and black numbers are opposite each other.
The roulette wheel is left spinning at all times. The wheel is accelerated to higher speeds when a game is initiated. The ivory ball is launched in the opposite direction. The opposite forces on the ball from the wheel and its own momentum slow it down quickly. The result is the falling into one of the 37 or 38 slots on the wheel.
Betting in roulette is also fairly straightforward. There are many different types of bets. The roulette table uses special color-coded chips that correspond to the different players at each table. There are 6 inside bets and 3 outside bets for 9 total. The inside bets correspond to the area with all the numbers displayed. Outside bets are naturally placed outside this area. The following table will simplify the different types of bets available:
|Straight Up Bet||A straight up bet involves betting that one of the 38 numbers will be hit on the next roll. Simply place a chip on a number to make the bet. Odds are 35:1|
|Split Bet||This bet involves betting that either one of two numbers will com up on the next roll. To place the bet put a chip across the line in between two numbers. Odds 17:1.|
|Street Bet||Like above, this bet simply involves betting on anyone of three numbers. To place the bet, place chip on the end of a row of three numbers. Odds 11:1.|
|Corner Bet||Same as above, but with 4 numbers. To place bet, put chip on the intersection of two lines, covering a portion of four different boxes. Odds 8:1.|
|Five Number Bet||Bet involves the 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. Worst bet on the table. The house has a 50% edge. Doesn’t even exist in Europe because of the lack of a 00. Odds: 6:1.|
|Line Bet||Bet involves a group of six numbers. To place bet, put chip on line between where you would place two adjacent street bets. Odds 5:1.|
|Even Money||The even money bet can be made three different ways. You can bet low (1-16) or high (17-36), you can bet even or odd and you can bet red or black. Odds 1:1.|
|Column||This is a bet on a column of 12 numbers. To place bet, put chip at bottom of column on line. Odds 2:1.|
|Dozen Bet||Similar to column bet. This is a bet on 12 numbers as well, however you pick an interval 1-12, 13-24, 25-36. Odds 2:1.|
A simple tip that is easy to follow right off the bat is play European Roulette. European Roulette does not have the 00 that beefs up the house edge like American Roulette.
Look for Roulette games that offer ‘Surrender’. If you make an outside bet for even money and 0 or 00 come up, you only lose half of your money. Surrender is consistently available in Atlantic City. A different variation similar to surrender is ‘En Prison’. If you make an outside bet for even money and a 0 comes up, the bet is left on the same place of the table for the next spin. It is returned with no profit if the bet wins. If it loses, it is taken. And if for some preposterous reason 0 comes back up, the bet remains in prison. Both Surrender and En Prison are variations on the game that simply lower the house edge.
Advanced Roulette systems involve picking and sticking to profitable systems of play. Everybody and their brother has decided to post their system on the internet. There are vast numbers of systems out there. Find one with a good track record and stick to it.