Although roulette has lagged behind slots, video poker, blackjack and craps as big game attractions in American casinos, it has steadily gained popularity over the years and has developed into one of the crowd drawers in the United States today. A growing number of gamers have grown to love and enjoy the game, and lots more are following in their wake. I have prepared this article with the hopes of providing the necessary information for beginning players.
Learn the Basics
There are usually a maximum of eight players seated at the roulette table, playing against the house, which is represented by the dealer (also known as a croupier). Other players and observers of the game are also usually seen grouped around the table. The dealer spins the roulette wheel, as well as handling the bets and payouts.
The play begins after the dealer has cleared the table of all losing bets and finished paying out the winners from the previous spin. Before starting the next spin, players are given enough time to choose what numbers to bet on and to place their corresponding wagers on the table. Even after the wheel has started spinning, players can still place their bets up until the moment when the ball is about to jump off the track and into one of the numbered slots.
At this moment, the dealer will call out, “No more bets”, and players will no longer be allowed to place or change their bets until the wheel stops spinning and the ball lands on a numbered slot. The dealer will then place a marker on the winning number, clear the table of all losing wagers, and pay off the players that have bet on the winning number or on a combination that includes the winning number. After the dealer clears out all the losing bets off the table, you can start placing your bets while the dealer pays the winners.
How to win
A player needs to predict (or at least make a lucky guess) where the ball will land in order to win at roulette. But doing this is easier said than done, apparently. You need to be lucky more than anything to come up a winner at this game. Some players go the methodical way and play the game using a specific system, of which there are plenty to be found online. Some players follow a set of “lucky numbers”, while others may observe which numbers have come up repeatedly or not at all, and base their wagers on that. To increase their chances of winning, players may bet on a group of numbers, such as dozens, a specific color, etc.
A straight-up bet, which means betting on a single number only, pays 35 to 1.
Betting on two adjacent numbers, called a split bet, pays 17 to 1.
Betting on a three-number combo, called a street bet, pays 11 to 1.
Betting on four numbers, called a corner bet, pays 8 to 1.
Betting on a six-number combination pays 5 to 1.
A bet on the outside dozen or column pays 2 to 1.
A bet on the outside even money bets pays 1 to 1.