Roulette is another simple game, in which there are 11 different kinds of bets that can be placed, in any number of combinations. The only real skill required is deciding how much to bet, and which combinations of bets to place. Not surprisingly a large part of your success at roulette is determined by luck, but as with all casino games there is definitely an element of skill that can help you increase your winnings.
Roulette is played on a wheel having 38 compartments numbered 1 to 36, 0 and (in most, but not all cases) 00. The same numbers are printed on the table lay-out where bets can be placed. The premise of the game is simple. The wheel spins counter-clockwise while a little white ball rolls in the opposite direction and when the ball drops into one of the slots, that is the winning number. You win or lose depending where on the table your bet was placed. The amount you win depends on the type of bet you have placed, and this is explained in more detail below.
Look at the table layout carefully and you’ll see that there are inside and outside sections. The significance of the inside and outside sections will be clearer after you�ve become familiar with the 11 different types of roulette bets you can make, along with their pay offs.
The 11 bet types
- 1 number, 35 to 1 payout if you win, 2.63% probability
Put your chip (or chips) on any number from 1 to 36, or 0 and 00. Be sure your chips are inside the square and do not touch the line
- 2 numbers, 17 to 1 payout if you win, 5.26% probability
Put your chip (or chips) on the line between two numbers. If either number comes up you win.
- 3 numbers, 11 to 1 payout if you win, 7.89% probability
To choose a row of 3 numbers position your bet on the line that separates the inside and outside areas.
- 4 numbers, 8 to 1 payout if you win, 10.53% probability
Put your chip (or chips) on a four-number intersection. You win if one of the four numbers comes up.
- 5 numbers, 6 to 1 payout if you win,
We recommend you don’t make this bet! It’s the only one that gives the house an extra 2.5% advantage!
- 6 numbers, 5 to 1 payout if you win, 15.79% probability
This bet is placed between two three-number rows on the line that divides the inside and outside fields.
- 12 number column bet, 2 to 1 payout if you win, 31.58% probability
Put your chip (or chips) in one of the spots marked 2-1 at the opposite end of zero and double zero.
- 12 number numerical bet, 2 to 1 payout if you win, 31.58% probability
Choose between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd twelve. You’re betting on numbers 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 25 to 36 respectively.
- 18 numbers red / black, 1 to 1 payout if you win, 47.37% probability
Put your chip(s) on the red or black diamond. 18 numbers odd / even, 1 to 1 payout if you win, put your chip(s) on the odd or even sections.
- 18 numbers high / low, 1 to 1 payout if you win, 47.37% probability
Put your chip(s) on the 1 to 18 or the 19 to 35 sections.
- 18 numbers odd/even, 1 to 1 payout if you win, 47.37% probability
Put your chip(s) on the odd or even section.
All casinos will have minimum bets at their roulette tables. For inside bets each individual bet can be less than the table minimum, as long as the sum total inside bets is greater than or equal to the minimum. For outside bets, each bet placed must be greater than or equal to the minimum.
One final tip, bet conservatively initially until you are comfortable with game rules and then get more adventurous. You may want to try a couple of well known roulette systems that some gamblers swear by. In the long-run, the odds of all casino games favour the casino and no betting system can change that fact. But that is not to say that systems can’t work well in the short term.