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Roulette Review

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The classic casino game where low bets can still equal big wins, roulette is a staple of almost every casino in existence. There are a few small differences that can be implemented between wheels and casinos which we’ll cover in a moment, but in general if you know how to play roulette in one casino, you know how to play it in all casinos.

The first thing you need to know about roulette is that you do not use standard casino chips. Instead when you buy in you define the value of your chips to the dealer. All the chips you receive will be the same colour and they will all be the value that you requested. Each player has their own colour of chip and this allows the dealer to keep track of which player placed which bet. When dealing with online casino – as the standard is single player mode and the software can easily track every bet – standard casino chips are used.

The roulette wheel – as the name suggests – is a wheel that rotates in one direction while a small ball is spun round the wheel in the opposite direction. The wheel normally has 38 slots numbered 0, 00 and 1-36. The slot that the ball lands in is the winning number.

The excitement in roulette comes in the variety of different bets you can place.

To begin with the simplest bets; Red/Black, Even/Odd, 1-18/19-36. They are all fairly straight forward. If the ball lands in a red slot the Red bet wins and the Black loses. If the ball lands on an even number, the Even bet wins and the Odd bets loses and so on. If either 0 or 00 comes up all of these bets lose. These bets pay even money, so a $5 bet, if won will pay $5.

Next we’ll look at Column and Thirds. The columns are the long rows of numbers going up the felt and the thirds are the blocks of numbers 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36. Both these bets pay 2:1 ($10 for a bet of $5) if they hit and they all lose if either 0 or 00 hits.

The Line and Street bets both involve the rows of three numbers going across the felt. These rows are called Streets. When you place a wager on a Street, you are betting that the ball lands on one of the three numbers in that Street. A winning Street bet pays 11:1 ($55 for a bet of $5). The Line bet is wagering that the ball will land on one of the numbers in two adjacent Streets. A winning Line bet pays 5:1 ($25 for a bet of $5).

A Corner bet is when you place a bet on the corner of four numbers on the layout. If the ball lands on any of these four numbers you get paid 8:1 ($40 for a bet of $5).

Split bets is putting a bet on two numbers. If the ball lands on either of those numbers your bet gets paid at 17:1 ($85 for a bet of $5).

The last type of bet is the Straight bet and carries the highest payout of any bet on a roulette table. A Straight bet is betting on the exact number the ball is going to land on. If you get it right you get paid at a whopping 35:1 ($175 for a bet of $5).

All of the above is standard across all casinos. There are however, a few variations that you might encounter. Firstly, some casinos offer a wheel with only one 0 on it. This is a European style wheel and if you can find one, they are more beneficial for the player than then standard American wheels with a 0 and a 00.

Alongside this you may also find a casino that offers the “En Prison” rule. When this rule is in play, if the player is betting one of the even money bets (Red/Black, Odd/Even, 1-18, 19-36) and the ball lands on 0, the player only loses half of their bet. In some casinos – normally European – the casino may allow you to imprison your bet in this situation. This means that you lose none of the even money bet, but instead it rides on the next spin of the wheel. If the bet wins on the next spin of the wheel it is released back to you without winnings. If it loses, you lose the full bet.

To learn more about Roulette see our sister site – Roulette.