Roullete, or Roulette, is a game of chance that has offered glamour, mystery and excitement to casino-goers since the 17th century. This simple yet involving game might seem daunting at first for those who are new to it, but it offers a surprising depth of strategy that can yield high rewards for serious bettors.
The roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape, with metal compartments or pockets around its circumference that are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. The numbers alternate between red and black and there is a separate green division numbered 0. A metal spindle holds the wheelhead, which is lowered into the bowl so that the ball can roll through it. The wheelhead can be spun clockwise or counterclockwise, and the roulette ball rolls through the colored compartments in a random sequence.
While the wheel itself is randomized, the roulette table has a set order of betting spots that determines your stake for each bet. There are several different bet types that you can place, but it is a good idea to start with “outside bets,” or bets placed on groups of numbers rather than individual digits. These bets are usually cheaper and have a higher likelihood of hitting.
Outside bets are wagers made on options found around the outside of the table. These bets have a lower payout if you win, but are a safer play than the inner bets which involve placing chips on specific numbers. The Dozens Bet: This bet, known as a dozen in French, involves placing chips on either the first or second dozen of numbers on the layout, or both. The payout is 2-1. The Odd or Even Bet: This bet is also called impair et pair in French, and you’re wagering that the winning number will be one of the odd numbers or one of the even numbers. It’s important to note that the 0 and 00 do not count for these bets, so if they land you will lose.
Some players like to make a Column Bet, which is made by placing your chips on the horizontal line running between two columns on the layout. This bet pays out 2 to 1. Other bets include the Line Bet/Six Number/Sixline, which has a payout of 35 to 1, and the Basket Bet, which is made by placing chips on the dividing line between the zero row and the first row featuring 1, 2, and 3. The payout for this bet is 6 to 1. The James Bond Strategy is another bet type that has been proven to work well in practice. This bet combines a few different types of bets to give you the best odds of winning, but it is fairly complex and requires a large bankroll to get started.