What is Roulette?

Roulette, or rouleau as it is sometimes known in French, is one of the world’s most popular casino games. It is a game that relies on pure luck and it is played by millions of people at land-based and online casinos around the globe. Its whirring sound and fast-paced action make it an exciting experience for both new and seasoned players. The game offers a variety of betting options and players can choose to bet on individual numbers, groups of numbers or the color red or black.

The game is played with a roulette wheel and a table where players place their bets by laying down chips. These chips have a value that is equal to the minimum bet at the roulette table. The bets are placed on the precise spot where the player wants to place them on the roulette table and a croupier then spins the wheel and places a small ball in it. The number or color of the ball that hits determines the winners.

There are a few different versions of the roulette game including European and American Roulette. The American version has an extra green pocket numbered 00 which is why it has a higher house edge than the European game. The French version of the game has a special rule called la partage which gives some players back their wager when they have an even money bet and the ball lands on zero.

A roulette is a small wheel with metal compartments or ‘canoes’, on which the coloured bets are placed. It is a circular device and consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape, around which are set metal partitions or frets. Thirty-six of the compartments are painted alternately red and black and are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. The other 37 (or 38 on an American wheel) compartments are painted green and labelled 0 or 00.

The roulette wheel is spun by the croupier and when it comes to rest, the ball will fall into one of these compartments. The croupier then announces the winner(s). The fascinating whirring sound of the wheel and the excitement of the players can result in shouts of joy or sighs of disappointment. Some players may try to predict where the ball will land by using a system of logic or statistics. However, no system can guarantee a winning bet and this is what makes the game so thrilling. The best way to prepare for a roulette game is to have a clear budget and stick to it.