A Beginners Guide To Roulette


August 30, 2017

Interested in learning how to play roulette? It's a fun game that builds plenty of anticipation while players watch a marble spin around a wheel, guessing which slot it'll settle in. Let us walk you through the basics of how to play roulette!



An American roulette table consists of a spinning wheel numbered 1 to 36, with special 0 and 00 spots. Even numbers are red while odd numbers are black. The betting side of the table has all the numbers laid out with markings indicating the various bets you can make. Each player plays with different colored chips as to not confuse who's betting on what.


How to Play

You have most of the time that marble spins to place a bet. Bets vary in degree of preciseness, with the more exact bets having higher payouts. Here's where roulette strategies come into play because the more difficult the bet, the higher its reward. For easier bets, known as outside bets, you can bet red or black, even or odd, or whether the marble will stop on a low number (1-18) or high number (19-36). All these bets have a one to one payout.

If you have a really good feeling you can bet which dozen the marble will stop in (1-12, 13-24, or 25-26), or even which of the three columns for a column bet. Those payouts are two to one.

You can also increase your payout by placing inside bets where players bet on a set of numbers. For example, betting on a set of four numbers means betting on four numbers that touch each other on the table like 1, 2, 4, and 5 or 23, 24, 26, and 27. The payout increases as the numbers in the bet set decreases. So a bet on a set of six pays less than a bet on a set of two. The biggest pay out is known as a straight bet, where you bet on the marble falling on one number.


Roulette Strategies and Tips

Roulette is one of those games that is really sheer luck, but there are some strategies you can try. First off know your odds. At American tables the extra 00 slot increases the houses advantage to 5.26%. A wheel with just a single zero give the house an advantage of 2.7%.

At many tables there's a board that highlights the previous numbers the marble has landed on. Ignore this board! With each spin the marble will have the exact same odds of landing on any number, even if it just landed on the same number three times in a row.

One of our favorite roulette tips is to avoid crowded tables. The bigger the crowd the longer between spins because each player needs to receive his or her payouts. You'll have more play time and less waiting around at less crowded tables.


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