Roulette is one of the most popular casino games, especially in Europe. In the US it is also favored because of its excitement level and ease of play. The table layout has remained relatively unchanged, the only notable differences are that the European Roulette wheels contain a single zero while the American wheels employ a zero and double zero.
Today's wheels consist of 36 numbers and 0 or 00 (depending on whether the wheel is American or European). Played throughout the world and adored by Europeans and Latin Americans alike Roulette is a game most often associated with a luxurious casino atmosphere. More than any other casino game, Roulette has always symbolized glamour and international elegance.
To begin most un-experienced players are often taken aback by the plethora of bets, colors and odds associated with the game. But as most beginners soon learn the game is quite easy to learn. The high payout odds, of 35 to 1 for a single number bet, are enough to entice anyone to master this game quickly. Read on to learn how to play the ‘Glamour Game' quickly and easily.
Straight bet or single-number bet
This bet is defined as when the player places a bet squarely on one number. The bet must be centered on the number and not touch any of the lines enclosing the number. If the number chosen by the player is landed on the player will receive 35 to 1 odds for this win. The odds are derived from the numbers on the table, 36. The 0 and 00 are not included in the odds payout and give the house an advantage. To better understand let's say you wagered $1 on red 7. If red 7 is landed on you would receive your $1 wager back plus $35 dollars for a total of $36.
The symbols 0 and 00 – These can be played the same as any straight bet.
Split bet or two-number bet
This bet type occurs when the player places a bet on the line between two numbers. If the winning number is one of the two numbers the chip is touching the player wins. The player receives a payout of 17 to 1 here. So for a $1 wager the player receives $17 in addition to his $1 bet on the table.
Street bet or three-number bet – A wager placed on the outside line of a layout indicates that the player wants to play the three numbers going across the layout. The payout odds for a winning bet are 11 to 1.
Square, quarter, corner or four-number bet – When a bet is placed on the intersection between 4 numbers. A win pays 8 to 1 here.
Line or five-number bet – When the player places a wager on the line separating the 0, 00 and the 1, 2, 3 numbers. This is only available on American tables and pays 6 to 1.
Line or six-number bet – Similar to a ‘Street bet' only the chip is placed between the intersection of two rows on the outside line. This is like two ‘Street bets' at one time. A winner will receive 5 to 1 on this wager.
Dozens or 12-number bet – There are three spaces located at the bottom of the table indicating ‘1st Dozen' or the numbers 1 thru 12, ‘2nd Dozen' or the numbers 13 thru 24 and ‘3rd Dozen' or the numbers 25 thru 36. A bet placed on one of these spaces will receive 2 to 1 for a win.
Column or 12-number bet – A bet placed on one of the spaces at the very end of each column pays 2 to 1. This type of wager indicates the player wants to play all 12 numbers contained within that column at once.
Low or high-number bet – Two spaces on the table indicate ‘1-18′ and '19-36'. These are known as ‘low-number' and ‘high-number' bets respectively and payout 1 to 1.
Color Bet – Located below the numbers on the layout and in the center of the table are two spaces. One is colored red the other black. By placing your wager on on or the other you're betting that this color will be the next one landed on. A win here will get you 1 to 1.
Odd or Even-number bets – A 1 to 1 payout as well. By placing your chip(s) on these areas you're wagering that either the next number landed on will be even or odd.
There is little one can do to tilt the odds in their favor when playing this game, other than employ decent strategic bets that reduce the House Edge. Many betting systems have been tried and failed to get the better of this casino game. Betting systems, however, do not work and can often lead to big losses.
The most useful strategy we have found is to use the DOZENS or COLUMN bet and place the same unit on each of two out of the three DOZENS or COLUMNS bet. Since this bet pays 2-to-1, you have a two out of three chance to win one unit.
For example you place a 5 dollar bet on the first DOZEN (1-12) and a 5 dollar bet on the second DOZEN (13-24); the number 17 is hit. You lose your 5 dollar bet on the first dozen, but win 10 dollars on your 5 dollar bet on your second dozen, for a net win of +5 dollars. You can employ the same strategy bet with columns.
Advanced Strategy Considerations for Online Roulette:
There is not much one can do to turn this online game into a winning proposition, however some online casinos do employ the European wheel format with the single 0. We suggest finding a casino that uses this wheel and employing the strategy discussed above or simply betting Red or Black Color Bets. With a Single Zero wheel, these Color Bets offer an almost even gamble. By selecting an online casino with favorable bonuses to new players and using one of these strategies, the online gambler has a good chance of coming out ahead.