How To Play Roulette

The basic idea of roulette is simple. You make bets on which slot the ball will land in. Once the bets have been laid, the croupier spins the wheel and releases the ball. The excitement in the game comes from watching it ping from slot to slot, bouncing into several numbers before finally settling on the final one.

roulette wheel

How To Bet On Roulette

Of course, there’s more to the game than just watching a ball spin round merrily. There are lots of different ways to bet on roulette to suit all types of risk taker, all based on the layout of numbers on the betting grid. The following are the most common types of bet:

  • Red or black – a simple choices with very low odds, usually evens in most casinos. Usually only played by beginners or passers by looking for a thrill.
  • 1 through 18, 19 through 36 -another even money bet, and as above it’s not hugely exciting unless you like a constant stream of small returns.
  • Dozens – the betting strips allow you to bet on dozens of numbers (1 through 12, 13 through 24 and 25 through 36) at a time. This usually pays a return of 2-1.
  • Columns – the layout of the board means you can bet on a column of numbers that aren’t consecutive, but again as you’re choosing 12 numbers out of 38, you’ll only get 2-1 odds.
  • Single numbers – this is the most risky strategy, but you’ll get exceptional odds of 36 – 1 (even though the true odds are 37 -1).
  • Street and double street – a street is a three number bet paying 11-1.
  • Corner – a four number bet on non-adjacent squares which pays out at 8-1.

Of course, you’ll lose your money if it lands on 00 or 0 regardless, unless you play in a casino which allow you to bet on the 00.