Roulette is one of the oldest casino games in the world, and has become to a large extent the motif of the casino. A true game of chance, roulette players must rely on their strategies and intuition if they wish to win; or they can simply rely on the game to provide all the entertainment and excitement they could ever possibly want.
Roulette Set Up
Understanding roulette couldn’t be simpler. The table may vary slightly depending on the type of roulette you’re playing, but these differences are relatively small and not worth worrying about as you get started – the same is to be said of the variations of the game itself. Basically you will see two main components of the roulette table – the wheel and the betting area. The wheel is numbered 0-36 or 00-37; it is here that the ball is thrown, the wheel spun, and the result decided. You will never touch this part of the table and so you don’t really need to know anything more about it. The players’ part of the table is the betting part. The betting part is the green felt that you will see demarcated with lots of different sections. If you look closely you will see that those demarcations roughly indicate two sections: inside and outside bets. Inside bets are really to do with the specific numbers that might come up, where as outside bets are more to do with general blocks, for example red or black, or odds or evens.
Understanding what your betting options are is the most complicated part of the game of roulette – and even this isn’t two complicated. You can easily find in online casinos a run down of the different betting options, where they are located on the betting table, and what the payouts for wins of these bets are. For now though, all you need to know is that the game is played by laying your wager on the bet that you think will win, by placing your chips on the corresponding part of the table.
The practicalities of playing roulette therefore are very straightforward. You approach the table and you get your chips. In an online casino you will use your regular credit; in a land based casino you must get roulette chips as opposed to regular chips; these are different colors for each player so that payouts don’t get confusing. You come to the felt part of the table and lay the desired number of chips on the wager you wish to make. You have until the croupier calls “no more bets” to do this. The wheel will have already of started spinning by this point, but the spin takes quite a while and it is only after the no more bets call that the ball will begin to settle and eventually will fall into one of the pockets on the wheel. When the ball does drop the croupier will announce the result, will usually place a marker on the winning number and will then turn his attention to clearing the table and paying out winning bets. If your bet wasn’t successful, the chips you placed will simply be cleared away. If it was successful you will be paid out immediately in chips according to the payout of that particular bet.