The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in both land and online gambling establishments. It’s a game based entirely on luck, with players betting on the number or section of the roulette wheel they think the ball will land in when it comes to a stop. The dealer spins the wheel and throws a ball into it, rewarding winners whose bets were correct. The game is incredibly simple and can be very profitable, but there are also some basic rules to avoid making unnecessary losses.

The roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk, slightly convex, and around it are metal partitions called frets (or pockets, sometimes called canoes by roulette croupiers). Thirty-six of these compartments, painted alternately red and black, are numbered consecutively from 1 to 36, while two green compartments on American wheels carry the signs 0 and 00. The wheel, its spindle perfectly balanced and spun at a smooth speed, spins with no friction or noticeable noise.

Once the croupier clears the table, you can place your bets by putting your money on the table and telling the dealer that you want “colour”. She will then give you coloured roulette chips of the value you’ve given her.

Whether you’re wagering on individual digits or groups of numbers, the house edge will be different for each type of bet. To minimize the effect of the built-in house edge, play outside bets, which have a lower edge than inside ones.

Roulette isn’t as popular in America as it is in Europe, where it is a mainstay at Monte Carlo and other casinos. However, it still draws larger crowds than baccarat and has the highest winning percentage of any casino game. Regardless of the house edge, a good strategy can help you maximize your chances of winning.