Introduction to Roulette

Roulette is one of the simplest casino games to understand but not necessarily one of the best for players to turn a profit in. The casino game Roulette was first played in the late 18th century in France. The name of the game was formed from a French diminutive for little wheel.

The basics of the game

In roulette, a player wagers on the outcome of a how a ball will fall on a spinning wheel. In the game, wagers are placed on a table layout. In American roulette, the table layout contains 38 numbers (zero, double-zero and 1-36). The 1-36 numbers are evenly designated in colors of either red or black. The red numbers are 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 32, 34 and 36. The black numbers are 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31, 33 and 35.

The player can place a betting chip on any of the 38 individual numbers. The table also gives the player a wider range of betting options. The player can wager on whether or not the number will be an odd or even figure. Bets can be placed on which color will turn up on the wheel. The player can also wager on a range of numbers (1-18, 19-36, 1st dozen, 2nd dozen and 3rd dozen). There are further bets available on specific columns and lines.

Split bets are wagers placed on two adjoining numbers. There is also a type of bet in roulette that is called a street wager. In this bet, the player will wager that the ball will fall on one of the three numbers on a single horizontal line.

Once the wagers are placed, the attention turns to the roulette wheel. The 38 wheel numbers in American roulette are arranged in the following manner: 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2. The layout alternates between the black and red numbers. The distribution of numbers have been organized, ensuring that the sum of the numbers in any section of the wheel is approximately equivalent to other sections of the same size. Most numbers are part of a duo, with a single number between them. The pairs will sum up to either 37 or 39.

The croupier (dealer) will spin the wheel in one direction before spinning the ball in the opposite direction around the circular track of the wheel. The ball will eventually lose momentum and fall into one of the 38 pockets.

An edge for the house

Roulette isnt quite as popular as some of the other casino games, like blackjack or poker. While those popular card games have elements of skill and luck, roulette is basically a game of chance with a sizable house edge. Most wagers in roulette yield a house edge of over five percent. In monthly win/hold reports released by the Casino Control Commission in Atlantic City, the house usually averages a hold of about 25% for double-zero roulette wheel games.