The Essentials of Roulette
In Roulette, a wheel is spun and a ball is dropped onto it. The wheel is divided into different segments, and players bet on where the ball will land when it comes to rest by placing their betting chips on the appropriately labelled spot of a Roulette table.
The partitions in a wheel are alternately coloured red and black, and numbered from 1 to 36. There is also a panel numbered 0 and coloured green in all games, and in American Roulette there is a second green segment numbered 00.
The bets that are possible in Roulette range from very general to very specific. The easier wagers are found on the outside track of the Roulette table and so are often called Outside Bets, while the trickier Inside Bets are on the table’s inside track.
Outside Bets include Red/Black, High/Low and Odd/Even bets, where players put money on whether the ball will land in a red or black pocket, in a pocket numbered from 19 to 36 or from 1 to 18, and in an odd-numbered or even-numbered pocket respectively.
There are several different Inside Bets, all with greater or lesser ranges of numbers where the ball might land, and even getting as specific as predicting the exact panel where the ball will end up. These vary between the 3 types of Roulette game – American, European and French Roulette.
Tips for Playing Roulette
Beginners should always start with Outside Bets, since they have a near-50% chance of paying out and are much easier than Inside Bets. Once you feel comfortable with Outside Bets and have spent some time getting to know the ins and outs of Roulette, you can try a few Inside Bets.
The original French version of Roulette is a little more forgiving because it includes the La Partage Rule, which pays back half your money if you lose on an Outside Bet. The European variation, which came later as the game spread to the rest of the continent, is simpler is some ways because it includes fewer betting options. However, if you’re sticking to Outside Bets anyway as a beginner, this shouldn’t matter too much and you can start your Roulette journey off with either version of the game quite safely.
What you don’t want to do is start off playing American Roulette, which arose when European settlers came to North America. The extra green panel was added to increase the house edge and it does that considerably, taking it from 2.7% to 5.26%. This is an enjoyable challenge when you’re ready, and the various Roulette games at Cabaret Club Casino, including the Microgaming Gold edition that comes full of extra features like game history and statistics, will give you plenty of insight and fast-track your skills.
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