The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is a classic casino game. It is played with a spinning wheel and a small ball that is thrown onto the table when the game is between decisions. The game offers many different betting options and it is easy enough for beginners to understand. But it’s also a fast-paced and fun game with a variety of strategies that can be used to increase your chances of winning.

The Roulette Wheel

The roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with metal separators or frets around it. Thirty-six of these compartments are painted alternately red and black and numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. On European-style wheels a 37th compartment, painted green, carries the sign 0. A metal spindle is mounted in the center of the wheel and the whole unit rests on a stationary bowl that’s attached to the casino floor.

When a player makes a bet in roulette, they place their chips on the table’s outside border. The croupier then throws the ball into the rotating roulette wheel. Players can continue to make bets while the ball is spinning. If the ball lands on a number that they have bet on, they win.

Inside bets are placed on a specific number, a grouping of numbers or a color (red or black) and outside bets are on certain propositions like high or low, odd or even or first, second and third dozen. If the winning bet is an inside bet, it pays out at 2-1 and if it is an outside bet, it pays out at 1:1.

Once the croupier announces “no more bets,” the players can watch as the ball bounces around and eventually settles into a pocket on the roulette wheel. The wheel then determines winners and losers.