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The Aim of the Game

The basic aim of Roulette is to predict which number the ball will land on after each spin of the wheel. In short, if the player chooses correctly, they win. To a large extent, Roulette is a game of luck. Different players have their own systems for picking numbers, some watch the game to see if any numbers seem to come up more than others, they refer to them as ‘hot’ numbers while others take the opposite approach and see which numbers have not come up for a while and bet on them. It is also possible to bet on more than one number at once; however, with this system the winnings are smaller. There are specific roulette systems and money management systems which some players use.

Rules

A European Roulette wheel contains thirty-seven numbered pockets (1 – 36 and a 0), an American Roulette wheel has thirty-eight; its extra pocket is 00. Bets can be placed on individual numbers, a mixture of numbers, the black or red numbers or on even or odd numbers. The odds of the ball landing in any given pocket are 1 to 36. There is nothing else that needs to be known to play Roulette except for a good betting strategy.

A game begins when all the players have placed their bets by positioning their chips on the numbered layout. The croupier spins the ball in the opposite direction to that which the wheel will spin.

A player may place a bet until the ball falls from the track onto the spinning wheel; at this point the croupier declares that there will be “No More Bets”. The ball will come to rest at a number on the spinning wheel, a marker is placed on the winning number and the winnings are paid out.

Since the only element of skill in Roulette comes in knowing how to bet, it is essential to know about what bets are available.

Inside Bets

"Straight bet" – This is when you bet on an individual number. The wheel’s numbers are displayed in three columns at the centre of the betting board, to bet on a number place a chip on top of it.

"Split bet" – This is when you bet on two adjacent numbers, to place a Split Bet place the chip on the line separating the two numbers.

"Street bet" – This is when you bet on three numbers that are laid out in a horizontal row at the centre of the board. This is done by positioning a chip at the beginning of the row.

"Corner bet" – This is if you bet on all four adjacent numbers on the board, to do this place a chip at the centre of the four numbers.

"Six-line bet" – This is a bet on two adjacent rows of numbers, a row of numbers is also known as a “street”.

Outside Bets

"Even money bet" – This is if you which to place your money on half of the pockets (numbers). For instance you could choose to bet on all the even numbers, or all red numbers etc…

"Group bet" – This is if you bet on either the first, second or third dozen numbers.

"Column bet" – This is if you bet on one of the three columns of numbers in the centre of the board.

Winnings Table:

Chip CoversTermPays
1 numberStraight Up35 to 1
2 numbersSplit Bet17 to 1
3 numbersStreet Bet11 to 1
4 numbersCorner Bet8 to 1
4 numbersFour Bet8 to 1
6 numbersLine Bet5 to 1
12 numbersDozen Bet or Column Bet2 to 1
18 numbersRed/Black, Even/Odd or Low/High Bets1 to 1

How to play Roulette Online

To place a bet click on the chip that you wish to place and then click on the bet area where you would like to place it. If you wish to add more than one chip of that value, simply click more than once on the bet area. To change the value of the chip you are betting simply click on the chip you would like to change to. To remove a chip with the same value as the chip that is selected right click on an area. If the bet on the area is less in value than the selected chip then the whole bet will disappear. It is possible to place multiple bets at the same time.

To begin the game click on “Spin”.

The following buttons can be used:

Clear BetsRemove all previous bets from the table.
RebetPlace the same bets as in the previous round.
SpinSpin the wheel.
Skip TurnSkip your turn when playing in multiplayer mode.

Did you Know?

Playing James Bond's number

People who are new to Roulette are often told to bet on 17 black for luck. The reason for this is simple, apparently James Bond always bets on 17 black.

However, a quick look into James Bond films and literature shows that this is not the case. In the film Casino Royale Bond plays complicated progression systems betting on the even numbers. In the book Thrilling Cities, Bond plays a system which is described as "the only way of gambling with a capital of ten pounds with a reasonable prospect of making the price of a good dinner". The betting method known as the Labouchère system is then played by Bond.

So do not be fooled into thinking that there are lucky numbers, Bond’s success comes from careful study of strategy systems and so too will yours.



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