Playing roulette can be a fun game of chance. Here are some rules and strategies to get you started.
Although the exact origins of roulette are unknown, it began gaining popularity in the late 18th century when Prince Charles of Monaco introduced gambling to his people in hopes of alleviating some of the country's debts.
The game made its way to the United States in the early 1800's and gained popularity during the California gold rush. Frenchmen Francois and Louis Blanc had added a single zero to the roulette wheel in the early 1800's, a move that was rejected by the United States. Although the single zero is still common in Europe, Americans play roulette with two zeros on the roulette wheel, a single zero "0" and a double zero "00."
The American roulette wheel has 38 slots 36 number slots plus the zero and double zero slots. Each number is also color coded with red or black. After purchasing your roulette chips, you can place them on the board in hopes of picking the number or color that the ball will land on next.
Once all bets are on the table, the dealer will spin the wheel while spinning the ball in the opposite direction. Players then wait for the wheel to stop and the ball to fall into one of the slots which is that game's winning number. The dealer will then place a marker on the winning number and payout those who won. All other bets are taken off the table.
There are a number of different bets, each with different odds of winning, and therefore different payouts.
-The Column Bet: There are three columns on the board. By betting on the whole column, you are betting that the next number will be in that column. The payout for this bet is 2:1.
-The Corner Bet: By placing a chip at the intersection of four numbers, you are betting that one of those four numbers will show up next. The payout for this bet is 8:1.
-The Dozen Bet: Betting that the next number will fall between the numbers 1 and 12 is called a dozen bet. Other dozen bets are 13-24 and 25-36. You'll find three spots on the board corresponding to each of these dozen bets. The payout is 2:1.
-The Five Number Bet: This bet gambles that the next number will be a 1, 2, 3, 4, 0, or 00. The payout for this bet is 6:1.
-Split Bet: If you want to bet on two adjoining numbers at the same time, place your chip on the line between the two numbers. If either of these numbers shows up next, you win. The payout is 17:1.
-Straight Bet: Betting on any single number on the table is a straight bet. The payout for this bet is 17:1.
The above bets are called inside bets. If you are playing a roulette game with a surrender rule, these bets will always stick. However, outside bets will only lose you half your bet if a zero or double zero shows up. The following are considered outside bets.
-Even-Odd Bet: As the name suggests, you can bet that the next number will be either even or odd. This bet pays 1:1.
-High-Low Bet: Bet that the next number will either be under 18 or above 18. This bet pays 1:1.
-Red-Black Bet: We mentioned earlier that each number is color coded red or black. Bet on the color of the next number and win. This bet pays 1:1.
There are no real strategies to playing roulette. You'll find books and websites that promise to sell you the winning roulette strategies, but don't be fooled. This game is all about chance and can't be predicted. Keeping that in mind, there are a few things you can do to increase your odds:
1. Look for a single zero roulette wheel, which decreases the house's edge.
2. Try to find a table that uses the surrender rule. This decreases the casino's edge from 5.3% to 2.6%.