Roulette is one of the oldest casino games in the world. Its origins can be traced back to France in the mid 1600s. While there are many different variations, it remains one of the easiest games to play as well. As far as roulette goes, all you really need to keep up with is your favorite colors or numbers.
Upon approaching the roulette wheel, you will feast your eyes on a layout featuring the numbers, 0, 00 and 1 through 36. These numbers will alternate between the colors of black and red. The wheel positioned next to the layout has corresponding numbers above notches. These notches represent where the roulette ball will rest following your spin.
You will also find that there are side bets on the layout of the roulette wheel. These sections indicate black or red, odd or even, first, second or third column, first, second or third dozen, first half and second half. The first half is 1 though 18 while the second half is 19 through 36. When you put your money down at a live roulette table, you will get a corresponding amount of chips of a specific color. These chips will be of the same denomination. The purpose of the color is simply to differentiate your chips from all the other players at the table. Obviously, when playing the game of roulette online, you don’t have to worry about all this as there is no need to keep track of your chips. When stepping into the internet realm, you are the only one at the table and have the luxury to play at your own preferred speed.
In roulette, you are free to put down as many chips as desire anywhere on the layout. This of course, is subject to the table limits. Chips placed directly on a number pay out if the ball stops on that number on the wheel. You have the option of splitting your bet between two, four or six numbers. If any of them hit, you win but receive a lower payout. You can also place chips on any of the side bets as well as 0 or 00. For the most part, as long as you can meet the table limits, you have the ability to allocate your chips how you prefer on the layout. This is true even while the ball is spinning about the wheel. Your chips can be spread out until the croupier makes the announcement of “no more bets”.
Like most casino games, players are paid in roulette according to the odds. For example, your winnings are determined by what the odds would be of your number hitting if there were no 0 or 00. Therefore, a straight number bet would pay 35-1, and a bet on black would pay even money. Many players prefer European roulette because the wheel only contains one 0, which works out in your favor.
Winning at any casino game is never guaranteed, but your chances get a lot better when you know all the basics.