Roulette Strategy

Roulette Strategy

How to Play Roulette

Few games in the world are as interesting as the standard game of roulette. Despite there being hundreds of different variations, the standard version is one of the easiest games to understand and to play. It doesn’t have a steep learning curve, and most importantly, it gives you the chance to win a considerable amount of money in a short period of time. Like most of the other games that you can find in a casino, this one also relies heavily on luck. The game was originally introduced back in the 17th century, and has since then; it has become one of the most common casino games in the world.

You may have seen a large wheel at the standard game table along with a series of colored boxes (sometimes black and red) on one side. Players usually flock around the table to see what the number is going to be. In this article, you will learn how to play the game itself, along with some basic tips that can help increase your chances of winning.

The Equipment

The first thing that you need to do is become familiar with the equipment in question. Naturally, your eyes will fall on the wheel in the center.  If you look around the sides closely, you will notice that the wheel features 36 numbers and a zero. On certain American variants, there’s a “00” number as well. The croupier, who’s essentially a kind of dealer at the table, will throw a small white ball around the wheel. The ball continues to roll due to the spinning motion of the wheel until it comes to a full stop.

Now, if you look at the table, you will see a series of numbers. Bets are placed on these numbers. The concept is simple: make a guess about where the ball will land. However, this is a pretty crude description; there are literally hundreds of kinds of different bets that you can make at the table. You can choose whether the number would be even, odd, red, black, or even select a specific digit. Similarly, you can also bet on the range of numbers on which you think the ball might fall.

Inside Bets

One of the many common terms that you will have heard around the roulette table is “inside bets.” Compared to the standard bets, inside bets pay a higher amount of money if you win. Here are some of the common bets that you can make:

  • Straight up betting gives you the option of betting on a single figure (the odds are 35 to 1!).
  • Split betting allows you to bet on two numbers (odds are halved at 17 to 1).
  • Street betting allows you to bet on up to three numbers (odds are at 11 to 1)
  • Corner betting gives you the chance to bet on four numbers (odds are 8 to 1)
  • Six-line betting allows you to bet on up to six numbers (odds are 5 to 1).

Outside Bets

Now that you have a clear understanding about the nature of inside bets, it’s time to focus on outside bets. Unlike inside bets, which are based on specific numbers, outside bets are made on the outer region of the map. These include:

  • Color bets (odds are 1 to 1)
  • Even or odd bets (odds are 1 to 1)
  • Column bets (odds are 2 to 1)
  • High or low bets (odds are 1 to 1)
  • Dozen betting (odds are 2 to 1)

Playing the Game

As you move around the casino, you will notice several tables hosting the game. Before you sit down at a particular table, do read the placard that highlights the minimum and maximum bet. Most modern tables nowadays have a separate section where you can see all of the numbers that the ball landed on previously.

There’s virtually no skill involved in playing roulette; you just have to vary your options and make bets accordingly to increase your chances of winning. Like any other casino game, you shouldn’t become too emotional when playing this game. If you bet all of your money on the same game, you might have to leave the table (and the casino) with nothing to your name.

Therefore, before you get started on the table, it’s important that you set a maximum budget for the amount of money that you can spend on the table. There are plenty of misconceptions about the game as well; some people think that the croupier can remotely influence the wheel so that the ball lands at a specific number.

That’s not true at all. In fact, the game is pretty straightforward and there’s just no way to influence the ball once it gets rolling. The croupier always uses a specific motion when throwing the ball to remove any chances of bias or favoritism. It’s simply about making the right bets and having luck on your side!