How to play roulette

As well as being one of the oldest casino games, roulette is certainly one of the most popular.


Thanks to its simplicity, excitement and ease of access, it has managed to translate from a stuffy old casino staple into the virtual world very well, winning over new customers and bringing existing fans online.

From the French meaning ‘little wheel’, roulette has early beginnings in the 1700s as a game of chance for the upper classes of the time. Picture ridiculous wigs, men wearing tights, lots of white make-up, you get the idea. The modern game has evolved slightly since then and has two main variants, one wheel featuring a single zero (The European variant) and the double zero (its American counterpart, which actually has worse odds, thanks to the extra zero)

Players considering giving the game a go for the first time should consider reading up on the game in order to stand a higher chance of success. The guide that provides first time players with the greatest opportunity to return a profit is provided by the market leading online casino 888casino, they offer a unique and simplistic guide that is sure to make it a fruitful visit to the online casino. The guide is written by critically acclaimed author and expert on all things roulette Frank Scoblete, he provides the reader with a full understanding of the game in the minimum amount of time, so if you are serious about playing roulette like a pro go and learn how to play Roulette.

The wheel itself consists of numbered sections from 0 to 36 (American versions have 2 zeroes opposite each other) with pockets that sit around the rim of the wheel. These pockets are numbered and coloured either black or red and catch a ball that is placed into the wheel in the opposite direction of the spin by the dealer. Players must bet on where the ball will land, with possible options based on both numbers or the colours of each pocket. Pockets are always black or red apart from the zero, which is green.

Roulette realities The odds never change

Bets are made on a board called the layout which sits next to the wheel. The layout has all of the numbers from 0 to 36, as well as betting options including black or red, odd or even, which grouped dozen the ball will land in and whether the ball will land in numbers 1-18 or 19-36. There is common roulette etiquette when it comes to placing bets at the table, including placing chips correctly and not distracting the dealer from their job. The dealer spins and collects the ball, deciding when final bets can be made and organising payouts for winners. Betting on a particular number is of course risky as you have a 1 in 37 chance (or 1 in 38 on an American wheel) of guessing correctly, but the odds are way shorter on guessing the colour of the number, whether it’s odd or even etc. (just under 2 to 1 to be precise). There are also further complicated bets that are only made by pros or drunk players who want to show off, such as the snake bet. Chips can be placed over more than one number or

betting section too, with many options available to adventurous gamblers, or those who knows something that others don’t.

Alongside the typical punters betting on the shirt number of their favourite football player again and again or falling for gambler’s fallacy, there will always be players who attack the roulette wheel with a strategy. There are quite a few out there and some have obviously been thought up by mathematicians with far too much time on their hands. There are however some strategies that are frequently used by both pros and amateur players, although trying to get your head around the D’Alambert Strategy first time would be impressive. One of the most famous is the Martingale technique, where players pick either red or black and stick with it. If they lose, they bet double the amount lost on the same colour again, until it pays out, thus covering the initial lost bet and also making on the 2-1 won from the 2nd half of the increased bet. Although great on low limit tables, you can soon end up without any money if you keep doubling up and most casino tables have an upper limit if it takes a long time to get your cash back.

The real trick with having a solid casino strategy is sticking to it. Don’t be tempted to chuck the lot on red if there have been 7 black numbers in a row, you still only have just under a 50% chance of winning. And imagine the pain if the ball landed on a zero.

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