The Basics of Roullete


Roullete, or roulette as it is often called, is a casino game that involves spinning a wheel and placing bets on numbers, groups of numbers, colors, odd and even, or high and low. The game owes its origin to Blaise Pascal, and has since been a fixture in casinos around the world. Its popularity has continued to grow since its migration to online gambling sites.

A roulette wheel is a solid wooden disk, slightly convex in shape. Its rim is divided by metal partitions, or frets, which are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. There is a further division into thirty-six red and black compartments (or pockets as they are called by the croupiers), plus a green compartment labelled 0 on European wheels and a double green slot on American ones.

Each bet carries a different probability of winning or losing, and the amount paid for a winning bet is determined by the number of chips placed on it. For example, a bet on a single number costs 40 chips, while a bet on the first or second dozen pays 392 chips.

The most popular roulette variation, both in physical and online casinos, is the European version. The reason is obvious: it has a single zero pocket, which dramatically reduces the house edge to a mere 1.35%. This makes it a very lucrative game for players.

Many strategies can be used to increase your chances of winning at roulette. These include making your bankroll last longer by betting smaller amounts, learning the game rules and understanding the betting table layout. Choosing a strategy that suits you and sticking with it will ensure you have a better chance of winning than simply hoping for luck!