The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is a gambling game where players place bets on either a single number or various groupings of numbers. The game is based on chance and is popular with many people worldwide.

The game has been around since the 17th century, originating in France as a hybrid of the Italian games Roly Poly and Biribi. It is also believed to have been derived from an English game called “E.O.”

It is played on a wheel with a small spindle that revolves around the base of the wheel. The wheel has 38 pockets or divisions which are numbered from 1 to 36 and painted alternately red and black. There is also a green pocket marked 0. On American tables, two green compartments are added on opposite sides of the wheel, which adds to the house edge in this version of the game.

A ball is spun into the wheel and bouncing around until it settles in one of the pockets, which marks a specific number. If you bet on that number, you win!

How to Play the Game

The basic rules of the game are simple: a croupier spins a ball into the wheel and when it stops, the table watches as it settles in a certain pocket. The player who bet on that number wins and the rest of the table loses their bets.

There are two types of bets in roulette: inside and outside bets. The inside bets are placed on the numbers that will be landed in, while the outside bets are bets on various groupings of pockets or positions.

These bets offer different odds for winning and pay out differently based on their probability. The payouts for the inside bets are lower, while the outside bets are higher.

Bets in Roulette are made by laying down chips on a betting mat which marks the location of the chip, with each chip corresponding to a particular number on the layout. There are different betting combinations available, ranging from a single number to multiple groupings of numbers, the color red or black, odd or even, and high (19-36) or low (1-18).

Some bets require a lot of chips to complete, while others only take a small amount. For example, a bet on zero requires 17 chips to complete and pays out 235 chips, while a bet on number 1 costs 27 chips and pays 297 chips.