How To Play Roulette
is a fairly intuitive game. Learning to play roulette isn't tough, but
you should read up before placing any real bets down. Fortunately we feature
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The basics of roulette are as such. A large wheel with a number of separate
compartments along the outer edge, is spun, and a ball is dropped into
the spinning wheel. Each compartment corresponds to one number, and the
ball must fall into one compartment. An American roulette wheel has 38
compartments, including the numbers 1 thru 36, which are either red or
black, and two green pockets corresponding to zero, and double zero.
European roulette wheels are the same, but lack the double zero pocket.
This works out to be an advantage to the player, and has propelled the
popularity of roulette in Europe.
To play roulette, walk up to the table and have a look at what's currently
going on. If other people are currently making bets, it's safe to assume
you can too. If you want to bet more than a spin or two, you should 'buy
in'. The dealer will ask you which denomination you would like to buy,
and then will give you chips. The chips will all be the same color, and
will all be worth what you asked the dealer for. You will be the only
one at the table using this color chip, and that is how the dealers will
The bets you are available to you are many, but fall into one of only
two categories. A bet is either an Inside bet, or an Outside bet. The
difference is easy to see, as on the table you will see a grid of numbers
containing black and red squares ranging from 1 to 36, and also the zero
and double zero as green areas. This is the inside of the board, and any
bets made on these numbers or combinations of numbers on the inside are
considered, you guessed it, inside bets. You can also play a number of
bets running along the outside of the inside area, including column bets
at one end of the inside numbers, and a host of other bets along the players
edge of the table. These are collectively known as outside bets. If you
want to bet on red for instance, you would pick the red diamond on the
When you play roulette, your goal is to simply pick where you think the
ball will land on the next spin by the dealer, and place a bet on it.
The outside bets let us bet on ranges of numbers (not any range we want,
but predefined ranges), or characteristics of the numbers (such as whether
they are odd or even, or red or black). All of these bets apply only to
the next spin, and if they are not successful they will be swept from
the board by the dealer.
To read more about the specific bets available to you when you play roulette,
read our roulette rules section.