If you know gambling, you likely also know Roulette, even if you haven’t ever actually played the game yourself. Roulette is, after all, enormously popular, played in virtually every region in the world. Keen on giving the game a shot, but aren’t sure how to play? Don’t worry, Roulette is a simple game, and you’ll likely pick it up quickly.
Check out this quick guide on how Roulette works. Once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll surely be able to figure out more advanced strategies as you go. The game is, above all else, very intuitive.
The Spinning Wheel
The iconic Roulette wheel is a masterpiece of design. There are numbered pockets, labelled 1 to 36, plus the 0 pocket. American wheels have an additional 00 pocket. The wheel is spun, a white ball is dropped into the wheel, and you must guess which pocket the white ball will land up in.
You make your prediction by putting bets on the betting table. Though, this is where Roulette gets interesting. You can guess the specific pocket the ball will land up in, but the odds of getting this prediction correct are long. Though, if you do guess the specific pocket you’ll walk away with a big payout.
Instead of guessing the exact pocket, you can instead cover a number of different options. The trick is that the broader your prediction, the lower the payout. A bet on all the red numbers or all the black numbers, for example, provides a payout of just 1/2.
The Betting Table
The betting table looks complicated at first, but look again and you’ll see that it’s all very intuitive. The betting options include covering an entire row of numbers, the first, second or third batch of twelve numbers, and more. Amongst the most popular bets is the already mentioned all-red numbers and all-black numbers.
To indicate your bet you simply put money on that option. Remember; you can no longer put more bets once the wheel is in motion. Thankfully, in the online gambling world the betting windows are clearly indicated, meaning that you aren’t allowed to bet at all once the wheel spins.
Tips And Tricks
Now that you know the basics, let’s look at some tips and tricks.
First and foremost, did you know that the European Roulette wheel is better than the American version? You’ve probably already noticed that the 0 pockets aren’t included in any group bets. Thus, it is very difficult to win when a 0 pocket comes up. The point is that an American wheel has an additional 00 pocket. This means, basically, that the house edge is double on an American wheel. Stick to the European wheel.
Second, keep in mind that you can make multiple bets for every spin of the wheel. This means that you can cover a large portion of the betting table, maximising your chances of getting at least some payout.
Good luck, have fun, and don’t forget to keep learning more about gambling. The more you know, the better you’ll play.