How to Play Roulette

Roulette has been gaining prominence among land-based and online players in the industry today. This wheel game started in France way back the 18th century. Its name was derived from a distinct French term for a "small wheel" which is the basic requirement in playing this game.

But before placing huge wagers and stakes, players should familiarize themselves on the rules and regulations of this game to be successful in every spin. Here are some of the basic roulette rules which may help anyone on understanding this popular table game.

The Rules of Roulette

There are several rules anyone may consider while playing any roulette game. These may vary depending on the complexity of the game, as well as the players' current gaming skills. But start by learning the rules and table layout. The little wheel is the primary requirement in every table which has the numbers from 0 to 36 - some variants also have the number 00 on the wheel.

There is also a tiny white ball which will be thrown and spin on the wheel to determine the winning number in every round. Only the croupier - or the table dealer - can throw the ball to start the play.

When placing wagers, players should choose from different number and combination options present on roulette tables. These include stake options of the individual numbers 1 to 36, first set of 12 (1 to 12), second set of 12 (13 to 24), third set of 12 (25 to 36), column or row wagering, set of numbers 1 to 18, set of numbers 19 to 36, even numbers, odd numbers, black coloured numbers, and red coloured numbers.

These wagering options may win players with different amounts of payouts depending on the played stake and winning combination per spin.

Outside Bets

Outside bets are wagers placed on the outer part of the number map - where the numbers 1 to 36 are placed - and does not involve any specific number on the wheel. These outside wagers reward different payout ratios depending on the winning stake.

Color betting - choosing between red or black, even or odd, and high or low options reward a 1:1 payout ratio. Meanwhile, dozen staking - first, second, or third set of 12; and column wagers pay a 2:1 conversion.

Inside Bets

On the other hand, all wagers placed inside the number map or on a specific number are called inside bets. This type of staking option is the most rewarding and generally have high paying odds compared with outside bets.

The lowest paying option is the six line staking on 6 numbers which rewards a 5:1 payout. Corner betting - wherein the chip is played on four numbers - pays 8:1. Whereas, winning with a "street," or playing on three numbers, grants an 11:1 payout. Meanwhile, split wagering which involves two numbers being played wins players with 17:1. As for the highest paying "straight up" or winning with just one played number, players can win as much as a 35:1 conversion on their placed wager.

There are also additional payouts for American roulettes which include a five-number set of 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3, that rewards 6:1; as well as the Row 00 - or the 0 and 00 coverage - grants a 17:1 payout ratio.

Total amount of earnings are dependent on the played wager and the payout ratio of the winning combination.

Different Types of Roulette

There are various types of roulette tables available today. Some may have similarities on their gameplay and offered payouts but their different house edges should always be considered when choosing the right roulette table to play. The game's house edge usually determines the winning odds in the table. The lower the house edge the larger the odds of winning per spin.

The most common and most popular variant being played today is the European roulette. This type of table game is usually played in countries outside the region of the Americas. It has a low house edge percentage which is around 2.63%. This gives better winning odds to its players compared to other roulette variants. Players can now enjoy more of these advantages and go for green at this casino.

Aside from this house edge difference, European roulettes only have a single zero (0) on their wheels compared with other American roulettes.

American Roulette

Another popular roulette variant is the American roulette which has the highest house edge percentage at 5.26%. The additional 00 number option on the wheel caused this increase in house edge and decreases the winning odds per round. Players need to choose between 38 numbers compared to the usual 36-number combination on other roulettes available.

Despite this house edge disadvantage and lower odds of winnings, the number American roulette players still increases which makes this table game popular in the industry.

French Roulette

The French version is almost similar with European roulette but only differs on the rule governing the game when the ball lands on zero. Played wagers on even slots will be considered "En Prison" when it happens. Amounts of En Prison stakes are divided into two and may be either pulled out or played for the next round in land-based establishments; whereas online sites automatically return these half wagers to the players.

French roulettes have the lowest house edge percentage of 1.35% only applicable for even money wagers. Other than even stakes, players get the same house edge ratio of European roulettes.

Land-Based vs. Online Roulette

As mentioned before, roulette games are readily available in both land-based and online platforms. Both platforms have large engagements among their players but each has its own differences from the other.

One significant factor that roulette players consider is the platform's availability at any given instance - and in this case, online platforms get this advantage. Online sites can now be accessed anywhere, anytime, and even right in the comfort of the player's home. On the other hand, land-based ones require players to travel to locations catering these gaming establishments.

Most establishments also require players to dress up formal and neat before they are allowed to enter and play inside these gaming centers.

In terms of their wagering requirements, players are obliged to play with real cash or vouchers in gaming center; while they can either play with real money or for free online. It is up to the players if they're willing to risk playing with real wagers or free stakes.

Other factors which may be considered by players on choosing the right gaming platform include the security of their accounts, ground and gaming rules, as well as live features. These features can surely make a great gaming site.