The Basics of Roullete

Roullete is a gambling game that involves a small ball rolling around a revolving numbered wheel and players placing bets on what number, or grouping of numbers, it will land on. The bets are either on the number itself, whether it is red or black, odd or even, or one of two ranges of value for that specific number, such as high (from 19-36) or low (1-18). The odds of winning are different depending on which type of bet is made.

In Roulette, players place their chips on a special betting mat with the precise location of each chip indicating the bet being made. The game is of French origin and, on a traditional European table, the French terms used to describe each bet are still in use, although on American tables, English words and a slightly different type of betting mat are employed.

A Roulette Wheel

The roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk that is slightly convex, with a metal or “fretted” inner rim. Thirty-six of the compartments are painted alternately in red and black, with a single zero and a double zero (or “Manque” and “Impair”) on the European version of the game; on the American wheel, there is an additional green compartment that carries the sign 0 and a pair of identical green ones for the numbers 1 and 2, corresponding to the two columns of numbers on the roulette table.

There are many different strategies for playing Roulette, some simple and others complex and supposedly foolproof. However, in the end, it is still a game of chance and the best you can do is make intelligent bets and know when to walk away.

It is important to understand how a roulette round works. Once the dealer has cleared the table and paid any winners, play for that round begins with the dealer pausing for a moment to let everyone know that they are ready to begin. After that, the dealer spins the wheel and throws the ball; if it stops on your bet, you win. When the wheel stops, the winner is announced and any losing bets are cleared off the table. Then the process starts again.