Roulette is about the easiest of the online casino games – there are no actions, no strategies, just place a bet and watch the ball run around the wheel. The game itself is easy, but the options for bets are numerous, each with its own payout.
To understand the possible bets at the roulette table, first you have to understand the roulette table layout.
In offline casinos the roulette table has the wheel in the middle, and the same layout for betting is available on both sides. Online, though, there is no need for that, as there are no real persons standing around the table.
The betting layout consists of a 3×12 matrix of numbers from 1 to 36 in the middle – this is called the ‘inside’ – surrounded by designated places where other bets can be placed – called, naturally, the ‘outside’ of the layout. The bets that can be placed on the ‘inside’ are called ‘inside bets’, and these have the highest payout rates of them all. And what do we call the bets placed on the ‘outside’?
These bets can be placed on single numbers or groups of numbers, as follows:
- single bet – placed on any one number, pays 35 to 1.
- split bet – placed on two adjacent numbers, pays 17 to 1
- street – placed on three adjacent numbers in a row, pays 11 to 1
- corner (or square) – placed on four numbers in a square, pays 8 to 1
- six line or double street – placed on two rows of three numbers, pays 5 to 1
There are also inside bets that are specific to single-zero and double-zero, layouts, as follows:
- trio (single-zero layout) – placed on the intersection of 0, 1, 2 or 0, 2, 3, pays 11 to 1
- basket (single-zero layout) – placed on 0, 1, 2, and 3
- basket (double-zero layout) – placed on 0, 1, 2 or 0, 00, 2 or 0, 00, 3, pays 11 to 1
- top line (double-zero layout) – placed on 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3, pays 6 to 1
These bets are considered to be ‘safer’, and thus have a smaller payout compared to the above. The options include:
- Manque (1 to 18) – the first 18 numbers on the wheel, pays 1 to 1
- Passe (19 to 36) – the second 18 numbers on the wheel, pays 1 to 1
- Odd or Even (Pair ou Impair) – pretty self explanatory, pays 1 to 1
- Red or Black (Rouge ou Noir) – pays 1 to 1
- Dozens – the first, second and third dozen, or 12 numbers, pays 1 to 1
- Columns – the first, second and third column of numbers on the table, pays 1 to 1
There are also a series of other bets that can be placed at the roulette table, but we will cover those in a future article. Now that you know the basics, you can start playing and winning at the roulette table.
Roulette is one of the most popular casino table games in the world, being featured in some form in all online and offline casinos. It has been played in its current form since the 18th century. It’s name means ‘little wheel’ in French. Featuring roulette in several movies – many of them becoming classics in the years – has certainly added to its popularity. Roulette was featured in such classics as Casablanca, in the classic Mission: Impossible TV series, and a variety of other popular feature films.
As the name indicates, Roulette has its origins in France. It is believed to be a combination of several European board games. In the 19th century roulette spread across all Europe and the Americas, becoming the most famous casino game in the world. There are two types of roulette, with one basic difference between them: the classic European roulette wheel has a single zero slot, and the American version has a single zero and a double zero slot, giving the house some more advantage.
Double zero wheels are mostly found in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Roulette is considered one of the easiest casino games to play. It is a game of pure chance – there is no way to anticipate where the ball will land on the spinning wheel. Some believe, though, that there is a way to beat the game. Various strategies and systems have been elaborated to anticipate the sequence of numbers to be played, but without proven success so far. The only ones to beat the system were people exploiting construction faults of roulette tables, that could be used – after careful observation – to win fabulous amounts of money. This is considered a fraud, though, and forbidden in all casinos.
The roulette wheel – and the roulette table – has numbers between 1 and 36, placed on them in a random order. The wheel is spinning in one direction, and the croupier – equivalent of the dealer in other table games – spins the ball in the opposite direction. The route of the ball can’t be predicted, except maybe for a supercomputer – a human mind cannot possibly make calculations with so many variables like the speed of the wheel, the speed of the ball and the force of the croupier – to predict where the ball will land.
There are several bets to be made in roulette, with payouts between 1:1 and 36:1. It is a game of chance wich offers the possibility to win big and have fun, all at the same time.
Roulette, the game of the ‘little wheel’ (the meaning of its name in French) was first played in its present form in the 18th centurt. As its name suggests, it’s a game of French origin – its first written mention can be found in the novel La Roulette, ou le Jour written by Jaques Lablee.
The single-zero roulette wheel was introduced by French brothers Francis and Louis Blanc in Germany. Roulette gained popularity in the years that followed, spreading through all Europe and the United States of America. It has become the most revered and popular casino game in the world. Later, when the German government forbade gambling, the Blancs moved to Monte Carlo, establishing a genuine shrine of gambling in Europe. Even now the Monte Carlo Casino is one of the most famous places of gambling in the world.
An interesting fact: the sum of all numbers on the roulette wheel (1 to 36) is 666 – the legends say that Francis Blanc sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for the secrets of roulette…
The Blancs used the single-zero wheel layout that later spread to the rest of the world, except for the United States, where the older, double-zero layout was popular.
New Orleans was the place where roulette has started its American carreer. From here it spread to the rest of the US along the Mississippi and to the west. This was the time when the casino table layout gained its current form – the American operators used a simplified format that allowed fast and simple betting, that later spread to the rest of the world.
In the first half of the 20th century there were only two notable casino towns in the world – Monte Carlo and Las Vegas. The former used the single-zero roulette wheel, the latter the double-zero, American layout. In the 1970s more and more casinos appeared around the world, featuring either the single-zero layout or the double-zero one (especially in Canada, South America and the Caribbean).
Geographical boundaries have fallen down later, with the invention of online casinos. Nowadays most online casinos feature both the European and American standard – single and double zero – roulette wheels, so each player can find the right table, no matter which part of the world he wishes to wager from. Roulette is one of the most popular games in online casinos. It’s ease of learning and attractive payouts make it the game of choice for many gamblers online. The development of technology allowed Roulette to regain some of its flare with the appearance of ‘live’ games in online casinos, hosted by – usually attractive – real dealers.