Roulette is not an easy game to play. Roulette is one of the oldest games played in the casino. The goal is to pick a winning number, a combination of numbers, the color, or odd or even. There are many different bets you can make with roulette and it is not very easy to win.
Roulette is played with a wheel. The European wheel has 37 slots and the American wheel has 38 slots. The European wheel’s slots are numbered 0-37 and the American wheel is numbered the same with an additional 00 slot. The additional slot increases the edge of the house by a little over 5%.
There are two betting areas with roulette. There is an inside betting area and an outside. The inside has individual numbers and the outside has boxes for columns, red and black, odd and even, and different groups of numbers as well. The inside numbers are formed in three vertical columns with 12 rows of numbers. The 0 and the 00 are at the top of each of the columns.
Roulette chips must be purchased in a casino when playing. Each player will have their own color of chips, so there is no confusion. Roulette chips can only be used at the table and cannot be cashed in with the cashier. They are only good at the roulette table.
When betting on roulette, there is a table minimum that is for the inside and the outside. You must bet twice, once for the inside and once for the outside. This means that if the roulette minimum is $5, your total bet will be $10. Inside bets can be made on a single number or a combination of numbers. The bets are straight up, split, street bets, corner or quad, basket bet, and a double street bet. The more numbers you bet, the higher your wager, and the higher the payout if you win.
Outside bets include betting on red, black, odd and even, a dozen’s bet, and column bet. All of the red, black, odd, and even bets are even dollar bets. You will place your chips in the boxes. A dozen bet means you are betting on 12 numbers consecutively. You will place your chips on the column and these bets pay two to one. If the zero or the double zero comes up, you lose.
Never place a bet until a dealer has removed the previous winning number. You can bet on a number that someone has already bet on and chips are placed on the spot. You can stack your chips on top of chips on a number if you want to bet on that number. This is why players have different colors of chips. Players can also place bets even after the ball is spun.
However, the dealer will tell you when no one can place any bets on the table or wave his or her hand out and say ‘no more bets’. The goal of roulette is to have an inside and outside win on the number that is hit on the wheel. This is a difficult game and the odds are against you on the inside bet. It is much easier for people to win the outside when guessing odd or even and black and red.