The Basics of Roullete


Roullete is one of the world’s most famous casino games. It involves betting on which pocket of a spinning wheel a small ball will land in. The game relies on luck and is wildly popular at both online and brick and mortar casinos. But it also has a surprising level of depth for serious players. The key to winning is knowing when to leave and when to bet.

The roulette wheel consists of a solid wood disk slightly convex in shape, with thirty-six pockets or compartments around its rim that are painted alternately red and black and numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. The wheel also has a green compartment numbered 0 and, on American roulette wheels, two additional green compartments numbered 00.

A croupier (or “dealer”) spins the wheel and rolls a small white ball around a tilted circular track running around the outer edge of the wheel. The ball eventually comes to rest in one of the slots. Bettors then place their chips on a designated betting mat, the precise location of which indicates what bet is being placed.

During the game, bets are made on individual numbers, various groupings of numbers, the colors red and black, whether the number is odd or even, and whether it is high (19-36) or low (1-18). In addition, some bets, known as “call bets,” are placed on groups of three or more numbers. All bets are made before the dealer spins the wheel and releases the ball.

While the game’s rules are simple, there is a lot of strategy involved. The house edge is much lower in Europe than in the United States, and you can bet higher amounts with fewer chips. Moreover, you can choose the bets that best suit your bankroll.

The most basic bet is a single chip on any street of numbers. This bet pays out 35 to 1 in the European version of the game, and it has a comparatively small house edge. However, it is more risky than other bets. Other common bets include a bet on all the odd or even numbers, which pays out 18 to 1. The basket bet, staked by placing chips on the outside of the dividing line between the row featuring 0 and the row with 1, 2 and 3, also pays out 6 to 1 but has an overall worse payout than any other bet. In the US, some casinos allow a bet on a split 0 and double zero, which pays out 17 to 1. In any case, you should know the odds of winning before placing your chips. The player’s wagers remain in play unless the dealer specifically announces that they are to be removed.