Roulette is one of the most popular casino games at both online casinos and land based ones where it attracts a crowd drawn to the excitement of the spinning wheels and potential to win or lose fortunes.
While very exhilarating, roulette is a relatively simple game to learn to play because the rules are straightforward and the betting options are clearly demarcated on the table itself. The most complicated part lies in learning about all of the bets on offer and the odds that they carry.
Let's take a look at the basic rules of a game of roulette.
The object of roulette is to correctly predict and bet on where the ball will land once the spinning roulette wheel comes to a halt.
A roulette wheel is comprised of numbered sections into which the white roulette ball may land when the wheel comes to rest. The number of sections contained in a roulette wheel is determined by the variation of roulette that you are playing. European Roulette games feature sections numbered 1 to 36 as well as a single zero section while the American Roulette wheel consists of numbered sections 1 to 36 and both a single and double zero section, giving it one more slot than its European counterpart and giving it slightly worse odds.
The numbers featured on the roulette wheel are also printed on the roulette table and are arranged according to the wagers that may be placed during the game. Players may elect to bet on a single number, combinations of numbers or categories of numbers. You are able to place as many bets as you like and can afford.
There are two main types of bets offered in a game of roulette, namely:
These two broad categories can be broken down into a number of different bets.
To play a game of roulette, you simply place your wager/s on the numbers or icons on the table layout. Once this has been done the croupier will spin the wheel and toss the ball onto it. You are able to make bets as long as the wheel is spinning and a few moments before it stops the croupier will inform you that no more bets can be made.
The wheel will then come to a halt and the dealer will place what is known as a dolly on the winning number, clear all losing bets and pay the winner/s. Winning bets are those that are placed on or around the winning number and also include those on the outside layout if the winning colour and number is represented.
Depending on the variation of Roulette that you playing the following rules may or may not be applicable, but it is always good to have knowledge of them:
This roulette rule comes into play in some versions of the game. It is applicable to even money roulette bets at some online casinos (it is not available everywhere). When the result is zero, some online casinos will allow the player to either reclaim half of his/her bet or allow the bet to remain on the table (or "in prison") for the subsequent spin. If upon the second spin the result is once again zero then the entire wager is lost.
The La partage rule is similar to the above but in this rule the player will lose half of his/her wager and does not have the option of leaving the bet on the table as in the "en prison" rule.
This rule is applicable to the "outside" even-money bets Black/Red, Low/High, Even/Odd and comes into play when the result is zero.
Both the En Prison and La Partage roulette rules reduce the casino edge on the "even money bets" by 50%. This means that placing a bet on Red on a European (single zero) roulette table with the la partage rule or the en prison rule carries a 1.35% House advantage and a bet on an American (double-zero) roulette table has a House advantage of 2.63%.