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How to Play Roulette

Anyone can play roulette in a snap. It does not require any kind of skill. It is very easy to play this game that many people find this entertaining and addicting. It is hard to leave the table once they start betting and the wheel starts spinning. The objective is very simple. Just pick any number from the wheel and bet on it. It can be just one number or a combination of numbers. If the ball lands on any of the numbers you betted after spinning, you win.

The game itself is very easy and practically mindless. It just involves guessing numbers and spinning the roulette. However, winning the game is the more difficult part. The probability of hitting the right number is very slim by the very random nature of the game. However, a lot of players do not mind losing for as long as they are having fun.

The roulette is composed of two main parts: the wheel and the table. For the wheel, there are two main types. First is the European wheel that is composed of 37 slots on the perimeter. These slots are numbered 0 to 36 and give an automatic house advantage of 2.63%. Second is the American wheel that has 38 slots, one slot more than that of the European. The 38 slots are numbered 1 to 37 plus two 0s. Because of the extra zero, the house advantage of the American wheel is 5.26%. This edge is almost double than that of the European.

A table beside the wheel is where bets are placed. It is imprinted with red and black charts and bearing the numbers found in the wheel. Players put their bets on top of the number they choose. Bets placed surrounding the number are also valid and counted.

Roulette is a casino game that originated in France. The modern layout seen today is the same layout used since 1842. The chart or layout is composed of two betting areas according to location, inside and outside. The inside betting area contains individual numbers while the outside area contains clustered or grouped numbers. There are red and black boxes and groups of odd and even numbers.

The inside betting area has 12 rows with 3 numbers per row thereby creating 3 vertical columns. All zeroes are on top of the columns (1 zero for the European wheel and 2 zeroes for the American wheel).

Before you can play, you must first buy chips which you will use for betting. These chips are color coded, each color representing a denomination of real money. It makes betting more organized and minimizes disputes in a table. Once you are done playing and leave the table, you can exchange chips won for cash.

When you enter a casino, you will find several tables for the same type of games. For example, it is common to see many tables for poker and blackjack. There are also several tables designated for roulettes due to its popularity. As you go around checking tables, take note of the minimum and maximum allowable bets that vary per table. Another thing to be reminded of is that inside and outside bets could not be combined to meet the minimum. Thus, if $5 is the minimum bet on one table, you should bet $5 each on the inside and the outside. You cannot split your bet to $3 and $2.

Inside Bets

Inside bets involves many possibilities. If you do a straight up bet, it means you are betting on only number and this has the highest payout. It actually pays 35 to 1 on your winning. It is logical because relying on one bet alone is the most difficult. You have the slimmest chance of hitting the winning number at 1 is to 37 only. 

A straddle bet means selecting a combination of numbers. The more numbers you bet on, the lower the payout will be. There is a chart you could refer to for a complete list of payout percentage relative to how many numbers you bet on.

Betting on two numbers is called a split bet. The payout is decreased by half compared to the straight up bet because a split bet pays 17 to 1. To make a split bet, you place chips on any two numbers in the layout so that it straddles.

Betting on three numbers is called a street bet and it pays 11 to 1. To do this, place chips on a vertical line that separates the inside from the outside betting areas so that the chip straddles the first number in the row.

If you choose four numbers to bet on, this is called corner bet or quad bet. It pays 8 to 1. To signify that you are making a corner bet, place chips at each corner of the number box you are betting.

A bet composed of five numbers on zero is called basket bet. So it is like betting on two zeroes plus three other numbers. This pays 6 to 1. In the American wheel, this bet has a house edge of 7.89%. Judging by the rate alone, this is probably the worst type of bet to take in a game of roulette.

A bet on six numbers is called the double street bet. It pays 5 to 1. To make this bet, place chips on the line that separates the outside and inside areas similar to what you will on a street bet. Let the chips straddle the rows above or below.

Outside Bets

Outside bets are bets for grouped numbers found in boxes outside the individual numbers in a layout. As a general guide, even money bets are red, black, odd and even. To make an outside bet, just place chips in the boxes you choose to bet on.

Dozens bet is for 12 consecutive numbers. Thus, you can bet for numbers 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 25 to 36. You will find boxes marked appropriately. It pays 2 to 1. If one or zeroes comes up, you automatically lose. Dozens bet can also be done in columns. But instead of 12 consecutive numbers, you will bet on all 12 numbers lined up in one column. You have 3 columns to choose from. It also pays 2 to 1.

The dealer keeps the wheel moving even in between official spins. The ball is thrown on the opposite direction of the spin. It causes the ball to jump randomly on the wheel before it finally settles on a number slot.

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