How to play Roulette
How to play Roulette
Here is our guide how to play roulette. We will try help you provide how it is played and some strategies to think of when playing it.
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Roulette is the game for you with the more classical style. It is a game that is easy to learn and there is really no specific strategy to use. However there are things that you should keep in mind to get the most possible chance to win. It is also of course more fun to play Roulette when you know the rules and how things are done.
When you have read this article you will probably feel that you know how to play Roulette. Both in online live casinos and irl.
We will talk about the usual and the not very common ways to bet. Good and bad strategies and the different odds for different bets. Basically all you need to be a Roulette star at the Casino.
As you probably know there are a lot of “strategies” and systems online that will guarantee you to win big. Keep your eyes open and when you read more you will understand why. Lets get on with the Roulette game in our Casino School.
1. Roulette, a short introduction
The game consist of three different main components: A roulette table, a wheel and a ball. Let us take a closer look on these.
The wheel is divided into 37 sections. One of these sections or pockets are Zero, the green pocket. Zero will give the house and advantage of 2.7% since it is neither black or red.
The rest of the pockets are numbered from 1 to 36 and they are evenly divided between black and red.
When you as a player have placed your bet the croupier will spin the wheel and drop a small metal ball in the opposite direction of the wheel spin. If you win or loose is determined from which pocket this metal ball will end up. Actually somewhat like rolling a dice.
Note! In American Roulette there are two Zero, pockets of green… This will automatically give the house the even more advantage so if you can, always choose European or French Roulette.
The table consist of a grid that has the same numbers as the wheel (0-36). Each number on the table represent a number on the wheel (or vice versa). Outside the grid there are a couple more areas.
These areas represent a range of numbers. You can read more about these areas further down this page.
2. First round of Roulette
To quickly give you a picture of how a game of Roulette is played we can show you how a game is played. You already know enough to make a “straight up bet”, a bet on a specific number. For instance if you want to give number 20 a go you can place your chips at number 20 on the table.
The Croupier will start the wheel and the ball is dropped. If the ball will land on number 20 you have won!
To be more specific you have won 35 times of how much you bet on number 20. The chance of hitting number 20 is of course small. The straight up bet is a bet involving high risk and of course high winnings.
You probably want to make a bit less adventurous bet so the next part of our Casino school will be showing you all the different betting you can do in normal European roulette.
3. The standard bets in Roulette
Besides just betting on a specific number you can bet in many different combinations of numbers. De different bets are divided into “inside bets” and “outside bets”. With an inside bet you place your chips inside the grid with the numbers 0-36 written on it. You can bet on a specific number, as we described earlier, or you can but your chips between the rectangle in the grid for betting on lets say number 4 or 5 at the same time.
With outside bets you put your markers outside the grid on perhaps black or red. Outside bets have a lower payout than inside bets but of course also a lower risk. Let us have a look at all the different bets that are possible in European Roulette. French words shown in brackets after the English name.
3.1 Inside Bets
Straight up (En plein) – Betting on a specific number Payout: 35:1.
Split (Cheval) – Betting on two numbers (put your markers in between numbers). Payout: 17:1.
Street (Transversal) – Betting on three numbers. Payout: 11:1.
Corner (Carré) – Betting on four numbers. Payout: 8:1.
Six Line (Sixainne) – Betting on six numbers. Payout: 8:1.
3.2 Outside Bets
High/low (Manque/Passe) – Betting on 1-18 or 19-36. Payout: 1:1.
Red/Black – Betting on red or on black pocket. Payout: 1:1.
Even/odd (Pair/Impair) – Betting on even or odd numbers. Payout: 1:1.
Dozen (Douzaine) – Betting on 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36. Payout: 2:1.
Column (Colonne) – Betting on one of the three columns. Payout: 2:1.
4. Odds and theoretical payout
Roulette is one of the few games where the generally are no “bad bets”. In comparison to for example Baccarat or Craps you can not make any “sucker bets” – bets only made by rookies with no experience.
The reason for this is that in Roulette all bets have the same expected payout over time. If you play enough times it theoretically does not matter what bets you make.
Let us show you an example to illustrate how odds and theoretical payout are linked in roulette. This is also a good way to practise your mind to think the right way when it comes to probabilities and risk.
Say you have 12 pounds in your pocket and want give roulette a try. You can not decide whether to play all on Dozen or play twelve times with 1 pound for each round.
In theory both ways will have the same result.
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You bet 12 pounds on that the ball will end up between 1-12.
Odds for winning are 12:25. Statistically you will win 12 times out of 37 and you will loose 25 times out of 37. (You are betting on one number and the total of numbers are 37, the green Zero included.)
Payout is 2:1 So, winning you will double what you bet (in this case 24 pounds) + you get your betting back, so in total 36 pounds.
Because you make a bet with all in one shot it is a do or die situation. Your chance of winning is just under one in three times.
You bet 1 pound per round and play 12 times hoping your lucky number 20 will show.
The odds for each round are 1:36. In other words, you will statistically speaking win 1 time of 37 times and loose 36 times out of 37.
The payout for every winning is 35:1. Winning on your number will give you 10×35 = 35 pound plus your bet back so all and all 36 pounds. How does that feel?
Your chance of winning is once again just under 1 out of three. Quite similar to alternative 1, don’t you think?
The above alternatives still have a few differences. All is about HOW YOU WANT to play. Because in Roulette the house has an advantage (2.7%) the house will always win if you play enough times. The trick is
to pull out of the game when you are on top and to only play with the money you allow yourself to loose. Think about how you want your strategy to be. If you want to gamble and play all your money at once
like in alternative 1 or play a longer time like in alternative 2.
5. Roulette systems and why they do not work
We will round up the Roulette part of our Casino school with a quick look at the “systems” that flourish on the Internet and actually way before the Internet was born. There are plenty of different systems
out there and the most popular is named after Martingale and D´Alembert. Both systems are based on similar principles: Adjust your betting after how the previous round was played.
5.1 The Martingale system
The Martingale-system is probably the most known. To show you the basics: After a loss you should double your bet and after winning you should return to you standard bets.
Imagine you play with 10 pounds betting on black. The game starts out with two losses followed by a winning.
After your first loss you double you bets to 20 pounds. After your second loss you double again to 40 pounds.
So far you have lost 10+20=30 pounds.
Now you win and because you play on black you win 1:1 = 40 pounds. You cheer and walk home with an extra 10 pounds in your wallet.
Thinking of this make you want to play online roulette straight away doesn’t it?
There are however two big problems with Martingale and other systems:
1. They are based on what is logically wrong (“gambler’s fallacy”) – the chance of a random result is affected by previous result.
2. The loss is exponentially. This concept is a bit hard to for a human brain to grasp and that can have catastrophic consequence. If you are unlucky enough to loose 6 times in a row (and that can happen)
starting with 10 pounds, you have suddenly lost 630 pounds. (10+20+40+80+160+320)
To win you loss a a measly tenner back takes 640 pounds
The Martingale-system will increase your chance of winning a little bit but it also increase the risk of loosing a lot in comparison to your normal gambling.
In the end the house will win at the casino, unless luck is on your side.
To know more about Roulette why don´t you visit Wikipedia and have a look there?
5.2 Beware of scams
All systems that are out there on the Internet have been around for centuries. If the systems actually worked every online and irl casino offering Roulette would be out of business. Many sites want to sell you bullet proof systems and it is a waste of money falling for it.
Use your common sense and only play with the money you are willing to loose, that is the system that really works.
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