How To Play Roulette
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Once you are at a roulette table, it is mandatory that you buy the roulette chips, which you will use to play the roulette game. This means you have to make a smart decision on the amount of money you are willing to risk on the roulette game before starting to play. The croupier will then hand you specific colour chips, which will help distinguish you from the other players at the table. If odds aren’t on your side and decide to quit the game, you shall be required to hand the chips back to the croupier, which will then be replaced back to the house chips.
When you search the internet, you are certain to come across dozens of “sure roulette strategies” which promise you a fortune at the online casino if used correctly. While part of this is true, i.e., you will win huge sums of money, the same can also be said for other online casino games such as Blackjack, Craps and Poker. However, this notion can be misleading especially when you believe that you are bound to win huge sums of money every single time you sit at the table to play roulette, or that any one given “system” is going to work magic and enable you to make a fortune from gambling. If this were actually true, then there would be no casino running in Las Vegas or online!
Understanding the Basics – The Roulette Wheel & Table Layout
Even though the word “Roulette” means “Small Wheel” in English, there is nothing insignificant about the roulette wheel. In fact, it is the most important component of the roulette game and understanding the different types as well as the house edge on each of the wheel is important.
Roulette at online casinos or traditional casinos exists in two forms, the European and American roulette. The European Roulette has 37 numbers whereas the American Roulette has a total of 38 numbers. This difference in one number arises because of the extra – 00 – number found on the American Roulette wheel. Moreover, the extra 00 is responsible for the difference in the roulette rules.
Both the American and European roulette wheels are split up between black and red slots with the numbers being spread equally on the colours by high/low and odd/even numbers. If you are playing the European Roulette, you have a 50-50 chance of winning the game every time the wheel spins. However, when playing the American roulette, these odds shift. The extra 00 on the American wheel is usually green, and a player who places a black/red bet has a 99% chance of losing. Moreover, the house edge on the American Roulette game is 5.70% while that on the European Roulette is 2.7%. This explains why the European Roulette pays more often than the American Roulette.
It is equally important that you understand the roulette rules regarding the layout of the roulette table when placing your bets. After all, you will not want to guess the right number only to discover that you’ve placed your chips in the wrong spot. The only way you can cash in is by having your bets placed on the right spot!
The roulette table layout used in the modern day casinos dates back to 1800 when roulette was first discovered. The table is elongated with the roulette wheel on one side and a notch in the table where the dealer stands. This applies to the land-based and online live dealer roulette casinos. For the online roulette, the notch is not available, as you will be playing against the computer, which randomly generates the results.
A quick fact about rouletteEuropean vs American roulette
Just like the roulette wheel, the European and American versions of the roulette table differ slightly. The American table has the 00 section while the European Roulette only has a single zero. Moreover, the American Roulette table is not as wide as the European Roulette table, which results in a different layout of the betting side.
Both the American and European Roulette tables are covered with a felt layout with boxes of numbers 1 – 36. The numbers are arranged in twelve rows and three columns. For the American roulette, numbers 0 and 00 will be located at the end of the layout, just above numbers 1, 2 and 3.
From the table, you will have two betting sections; the outside and inside sections. The inside section contains most of the numbers found on the layout while the outside section contains boxes for the columns: odd/even and black/red. Moreover, it also contains the boxes, which have numbers such as 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36.
Placing Your Bets – Roulette Betting
Having known the different roulette wheels as well as the tables, we can now proceed to the exciting part…betting on roulette! While playing roulette, your main strategy will be based on betting. There are various types of bets, which you can place on the table. Therefore, it is critical that you understand the terminologies used at the table and what each of the bets involves!
To start betting, you have to Buy In. Buying in is one of the roulette rules which simply means you purchase special roulette chips. Unlike the other casino games, the roulette chips don’t have the value denomination printed on the. At the roulette table, you will find 6-8 different sets of the coloured chips, with each set assigned to a particular player to avoid any confusion.
Once you buy in, the croupier will divide the chips into different numbers depending on the value of your buy in. After this, the dealer will place a token on each of the stacks to indicate the value of each stack. Each casino will have a minimum and maximum amount that you can place as a bet. Usually, most of the casinos will allow players to place a minimum bet of $5.
If however you are playing at an online casino, you will only choose the game, and choose the denomination you’d like to use as your bet and start playing. In the online roulette mode, you can place bets for as low as $0.10 up to a maximum of $6,000. The Snip below is an example of a Royal Panda roulette table. Note the table limits.
Once you buy in, there are different bets that you can place. Some of the bets are shown below as well as the payouts you can expect from them.
Inside Bets – This is a bet that you can place within a field of 38 numbers which correspond to the numbers on the roulette wheel. An inside bet can be a double street bet, a five number bet, a corner bet, a line bet, a split bet or a straight up bet!
The Straight up Bet is one of the hardest inside bets as it involves betting on one number i.e., you may decide to bet on number 13 as your lucky number. Consequently, it has a very lucrative payout ratio of 35:1.
- The Split Bet, another type of inside bet, which allows you to bet on any two numbers. To place this bet, you will have to place one of the roulette chips to join a line between two numbers. The split bet pays out at a ratio of 17:1.
- The Street Bet is one of the most popular inside bet. To place the Street Bet, you have to place your chip on the line which separates the outside and inside betting sections of the roulette table. It pays out at a ratio of 11:1
- The Corner Bet is also known as the Quad/Square bet. To place the Quad bet, place the chip in a way that all the four corners are touched by the chip. Once you win the bet, you will be paid out at a ratio of 8:1
- The Five-Number/Basket Bet is a bet that is either the double zero, a zero, 1, 2 or 3 will be the next stop for the roulette ball. You can place this bet by placing your roulette chip on the outside line dividing the zero and one.
- The Double Street Bet is where you bet on 6 numbers on the roulette table. To place this bet, simply place your roulette chips on the line dividing the inside and outside areas just like you would on a street bet but ensure that it also joins the row above or below. With the low risks involved in this bet, it has the lowest payout ratio of 5:1.
The Outside Bet is the second type of bet and one of the roulette rules that you need to understand while at the roulette table. Just as the name suggests, outside bets are placed on the outside section of the table layout. You can place your bet as the winning number to be red, black, odd, even or any other number that is in the range of 1-12. 13-24, 1-18 or 19-36. Moreover, you can place a bet on any of these combinations, e.g., you can place an odd, red and 13-24 bet. Therefore, if the ball stops on number 3, 7, or 15, you will win three ways.
Just like the inside bets, the outside bet is categorised into the following categories:
- Any Black or Red – In this case, you will have to place the roulette chip on either the red/black field on the outside section of the roulette table. This bet will usually cover all the red or black numbers on the field. It’s an even money bet meaning it pays out at a ratio of 1:1
- Any High or Low number bet – It is an even money bet and splits the field of numbers into two. The numbers located within 1-18, referred to, as the low numbers, and those located within 19-36, referred to as the high numbers. In this bet, you will place your bet on the number, which will show up will either be between 1-18 and 19-36. If a 0 or 00 shows up, the bet is lost.
- Any Even or Odd – Just like the first two bets, the even/odd bet is an even money bet. Under this bet, you shall be placing your bet that the number showing up next will either be odd or even. Just like the high/low number bet, each field (even/odd) covers 18 numbers and if a 0 or 00 shows up, you lose the bet.
- The dozens bet – Unlike the other bets, the dozen bet pays out at a ratio of 2:1. The dozens bets are usually placed on 12 successive numbers, i.e., you place the bets in the boxes marked 25-36, 13-24 and 1-12. Again, you win the bet only if your bet lands on any of the mentioned fields. However, the bet is lost when the ball lands on a 0 or 00.
“Let the fun begin” – Roulette Rules
Once you’ve familiarised yourself on the roulette betting rules, the next crucial roulette rule is picking a number and praying it emerges the winner!
Playing roulette at online casinos may seem easy enough, but what most people forget is that there is much more to playing than guessing the correct number or colour! It involves having a better understanding of the roulette rules as well as the basic strategies!
As you learn how to play roulette, your main objective will be to predict where the white roulette ball will land when the slotted wheel comes to a stop. The prediction could be on the colour, odd or even numbers, a combination of numbers or on a particular number.
Unlike other online casino games, the roulette wheel, the roulette ball and the dealer/croupier will do all the work for you. This makes roulette more of a “spectator sport” as you will only be required to monitor the game and place bets! Moreover, roulette is one of the few games that allows you to place bets, even when the table is full.
Roulette Rules for Players
The following are some of the roulette rules that you should have in mind when learning how to play roulette.
You shall place all your bets on the roulette table
If you want the casino to credit you for choosing the correct number, you have to ensure that your chips are correctly placed on the table. There are various positions where you can place the roulette chips on the table, and the slightest variation can result in alteration of your bet. Like mentioned earlier, you can always place a bet at the roulette table even when it is already full.
You cannot exchange chips or money at the table
The roulette croupiers aren’t allowed to oversee any change of money for chips at the casino. If you wish to make this change, you will have to place your money on the layout of the table after which you will be given chips corresponding to the amount you wish to play with.
Once the croupier ends a session, you cannot touch the table
Once every player has placed his or her bet, the croupier will spin the roulette wheel after which you will have a limited time to place a bet before the croupier waves his hand over the table to signify that no more bets can be placed. Once he does this, you are not allowed to touch your chips, not even to straighten them.
Wait before collecting your winnings
Once the roulette wheel and the ball come to a stop, the croupier will pay out all the winning bets according to their odds. It usually involves a small process. First, the croupier will place a marker on the winning number after which he will call the “mucker”. He/she is the second croupier at the roulette table who oversees the gathering and restacking of the roulette chips, adding up the payouts and pushing all the winning bets to the first croupier, who then distributes them to the winners. To collect your winnings, you will have to wait until the dealer has removed the marker from the winning number.
Collecting your winnings
Once the marker has been removed, you are now free to pull your chips to the side of the roulette table. However, you shouldn’t put any of the chips in your POCKET! Most of the casinos have the “checks” which are used at the roulette table and are used to cash in for the general casino chips at the cashier’s window. Most importantly, the “checks” are only valued from the table that issued them, and by removing them from the table, you shall be putting your entire winnings at risk as the checks could lose their value.
Responsibility of the Live Croupier
The dealer or the roulette spinner that you will see at the online live casino or traditional casino is actually referred to as the “Croupier”(original name from the inventor of Roulette). His main role at the table is to spin the roulette wheel, roll the ball around the edge of the roulette wheel and payout the bets to the players. However, there is additional information regarding the dealer’s job!
The dealer has to be an effectually multi-tasker (more reason why ladies are chosen as dealers). They have to be cunning, look confident and have advanced mathematical skills. Moreover, they are required to be good communicators and must have their socialising skills on point so that every player can feel welcomed at the casino. They are also required to have a better understanding of how to play roulette as well as spin the ball the right way. Lastly, they have been charged with the all-important role of accepting the bets, multiplying the bets, and making the exchange of the chips into their correct denomination.
It is the sole responsibility of the croupier to control how the game flows at the table.
Einstein once said, “The roulette table cannot be beaten unless money is stolen from it.” Pssshhh, what does he know about roulette that other haven’t tried yet?! Well okay…, I will admit that the best roulette strategy is crossing one’s fingers and communicating with a higher power for the best results. Unlike Blackjack or other casino games such as Poker, the results of roulette are entirely based on chance, without any surefire strategies. However, you can employ a few strategies that have been in use to lower the house edge slightly!
The House Edge
Refers to the average percentage of a single bet you are expected to lose progressively. Just like most of the other casino games, the house will usually have an edge over the players. For instance, when you place a straight up bet, if the roulette wheel had 36 instead of 37/38 slots, then the house edge would be 0%. This is because, progressively, you would expect to win 1 out of the 36 spins and get all your money back.
The casinos added the 0 and 00 slots to turn your odds of winning from 1/36 to 1/37 and 1/38 respectively. However, the payout will still be 1:35, therefore the house odds are improved. When learning how to play roulette, always keep in mind that the house edge for the American Roulette game is 5.25% while that of the European Roulette is 2.70%.
There are other casinos where they offer the surrender option, which is applicable on the outside bets. This rule works as follows: once you place an even-money outside bet, and the roulette ball stops on the 0 or 00 slot, only half your original stake will be lost. This lowers the house edge and in my opinion, it’s worth a try.
The En Prison Rule
Just like the outgoing rule, the En Prison rule can also be used on the even money bets when the roulette ball stops on the 0 or 00 slots. Unlike the Surrender Roulette Rules where you lose half your stake immediately, this one retains your bet on the roulette table and is said to be “En Prison,” and the outcome being decided on the next spin of the wheel. On the next round, if the roulette ball stops on a number that you’ve predicted, your original stake is refunded else; you lose the full amount. The En Prison Roulette Rules lowers the house edge by half.
The Dealer Signature
Contrary to people’s beliefs, the dealer’s signature isn’t one of the roulette rules, but it is very important that you master it while you learn how to play roulette. There are experts who strongly believe that the croupier has a rhythmic way of spinning the roulette ball after picking it from the last slot. After this, it is believed that the croupier will use the same force and method to spin the ball making it possible to count and estimate the total number of pockets it will jump before settling. According to the experts, through keen observation, there are chances that you will master this signature and exploit it to your advantage.
Roulette Systems – Patterns in Randomness
There are a number of systems that people practice in Roulette Strategies. Even though roulette remains to be a game of chance, it won’t hurt to try them out when you are learning how to play roulette!
Roulette Tips And Tricks
The Martingale System
One of the most used roulette systems, the martingale system, involves doubling your bets after losing the preceding bet, so that the lost bet can win, and consequently recover all the other losses incurred. This way, you will win a profit that is equal to the initial bet you placed.
The main shortcoming of this bet is that the past results don’t have any impact on the future results, so it’s possible that you may lose so many times in succession, that you run out of money to continue playing. This can result into a huge financial dent, especially if you are staking huge sums.
The Labouchere System
It also employs the progression betting strategy just like the Martingale system, only that it requires you to risk a high stake as soon as double-ups! In the Labouchere system, a series of numbers in line will determine how much you will stake after a loss or a win.
Another Roulette System, which is hardly used due to its complexity, is based on a mathematical equilibrium theory devised by a French Mathematician, D’Alembert. It is mostly applicable on the even money bets on the outside section of the table, and it favours the players who wish to keep their losses at a minimum level.
In theory, this is how the D’Alembert works. After every loss, you add one unit to the following bet, and after every win, you deduct a unit from the following bet. For instance, if your original stake is $10, a loss would require you to stake $11 on your next bet. However, if you won the bet, your following bet will require you to stake $9.
This betting system relies on the assumption that you are likely to lose after a win and most likely to win after a loss.
Virtual Entertainment – Roulette Online
In my opinion, the most exciting part of playing roulette is experiencing the actions unfold while sited at the roulette table.
Watching the dealer spin the roulette wheel…watching the roulette chips fall onto the table and hearing every player call out his/her bet…watching everyone hold their breath and cross fingers as the ball spins…and eventually…hearing the “ping” sound as the roulette ball settles into the slots!
Nonetheless, we all know that virtual life experience is all the rage, and when it comes to the roulette game, it’s no exception!
Has it been legalised? Yes. In 2006, a bill was passed to legalise all transactions made from banking institutions to all registered online casinos. However, in other countries such as the United States, only recreational roulette has been legalised, meaning you can only play roulette for fun!
The main aim of playing poker and online blackjack for fun is to practice and perfect your strategies without losing any money in the process. However, since roulette is a game of sheer luck, we cannot say the same! Nonetheless, so many people are still interested in learning how to play roulette online and familiarise themselves with the roulette rules online. It is for this reason that I have prepared the following tips for you, my friend!
How to Play Roulette – Virtual Roulette
Well, there is no much difference between online roulette games and the one offered at the land based casino, except that while playing online you will not have to worry about the etiquette observed at the table. In case you wonder how to win online roulette, you need to be careful on the online casino you chose. As you practice, chose one that has a reputation for offering fair, secure and trustable services.
Once you find such a website, click on the roulette game to start playing. You may be prompted to use a mouse (for computers) and finger to tap on the screen (for mobile) to place the bet. Different websites have different roulette rules and layouts for their tables. However,
Here’s How to Play Roulette at Online Casinos:
- You will see a number of chips on the screen. Click on your desired denomination to place a bet.
- On the roulette table, click on the section you want to place your chips. Usually, it will be highlighted once you have a chip over the section.
- Once you are satisfied with your choice, click on the spin button and watch the ball circle the wheel. Once it lands on the slot, the computer will automatically remove the chips from the table and indicate whether you’ve won or lost.
Beware of the rot – Why most people lose their bets when playing roulette online
Most inexperienced roulette players usually hope to make a kill from playing roulette online. Unfortunately, almost 99% of the new players end up losing huge sums of money and form a negative impression of the game. The tips below have been summarised to enable you to learn a few tricks on how to play roulette online.
The house will eventually win – the online casinos wouldn’t be operating if players kept on winning. Therefore, you should be mindful that as time passes, the odds will be stacked against you. If you are winning, it’s advisable that you quit when you are ahead!
Changing your strategy mid-game – Haphazard gameplay is most likely to cost your bankroll. It’s advisable that you practice one or two strategies and stick to them until the end of the game.
Don’t be an impatient bettor – Every roulette game requires that you have a great deal of patience, perseverance, and will to stake small and climb up the ladder. Start with a $10 bet, place small odds and work your way to your set goal.
Choose the European Roulette over the American Roulette – From the outgoing; we’ve seen that the house edge on the American Roulette is almost twice that of the European Roulette. As a smart player, go for the European Roulette as it gives you a better chance of winning as compared to the European Roulette.
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