Roullete is a casino game of chance that has fascinated gamblers since its invention in the 17th century. It’s easy to understand and offers a surprising level of depth for serious players.
The roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with a rim holding thirty-six metal compartments, or pockets, painted alternately red and black and numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. On European-style wheels a green compartment on one side carries the number 0 while on American roulette wheels two green compartments on opposite sides of the wheel carry the numbers 00. The compartments are separated by metal separators or frets that resemble a crosshatch and the whole is balanced on a spindle attached to a cylinder. The cylinder is spun by a roulette croupier or dealer who also calls out the winning bets.
Roulette is played by placing chips on the table map in one of several bet types. Bets are placed either on a single number, various groupings of numbers, odd or even, high (19-36) or low (1-18), or a combination thereof. The payout odds for each type of bet vary. Inside bets are those that place the ball within the number pockets and outside bets cover other sections of the layout. The zero pocket costs a maximum of 17 chips to complete and pays 235 chips while the number one pocket wins you a total of 392 chips if your bet is correct.
There are many strategies to play roulette, but the most important thing is to manage your bankroll and not get carried away by grandiose bets. Generally speaking, it’s best to stick with the “outside bets” as they offer lower odds of hitting and therefore have less of a financial impact if you don’t win.
When you play, you will be given special roulette chips that are different from regular casino chips to help differentiate between players. When you are ready to leave the table, simply tell the dealer you’d like to cash out and they will give you normal casino chips in return.