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Berlin Roulette
British Roulette
Online Roulette
Bulgarian Roulette

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History of Roulette

Roulette traces its roots to England in about the early 1700’s of the horizontal gambling wheel for a game called Roly Poly, which featured white and black slots, but no numbers. The first modern roulette wheels were in use in Paris by the late 1700’s. In the 1800’s roulette arrived to the US where it had also gained huge success. American casinos were not very pleased with the European roulette, since the house edge of it was pretty low, and so they introduced a new version of roulette where there are two zero pockets, and not just one. The American roulette’s higher house edge brought casinos billions of dollars ever since.

Both the American and European roulette games are today a big attraction for gamblers at online casinos and not much has changed in the roulette history ever since the invention of the American Roulette.

How to Play Roulette

The aim of Roulette is to pick the winning number that will appear on the Roulette wheel. You can bet combinations of numbers, choose the colour or whether it is odd or even. However Roulette is not as easy as it seems.

A roulette game consists of a layout, which is 36 numbers arranged 1 to 36, alternating red and black. On the sides of the layout are boxes for additional bets, including odd and even, red and black, first, second or third column, first, second and third dozen, and first half or second half. At the top of the wheel is a 0.

To play, drag as many chips as you wish anywhere on the layout. Click to spin the wheel. Wherever the ball lands, determines what number and side bets get paid off. Bets are paid at what the true odds would be if there were no 0, so a single number would pay off at 35 to 1 and a bet of red or black or odd or even would pay off at even money. You can bet more than one number at a time. To play multiple numbers that are touching, simply place the chips so that they are touching all the numbers. For example, to play two numbers, simply put your chips in between the two numbers you want. To play four, put the chips in the centre.

(European Style Roulette Table)

Type of BetsOdds
Straight bet-Pick one number35-1
Column bet-Pick a column of 12 numbers down the table2-1
Dozen bet-Pick groups of 12 numbers across the table2-1
Red or Black-Predict the colour of the bed the ball will land in1-1
Odds or Evens-Predict either an odd or even number1-1
High or Low-Predict whether the ball will land on numbers 1-18 or 19-361-1
Split bet-Choose two adjacent numbers and bet on the line dividing the two numbers17-1
Row or Street bet-Choose a 3-number row across the table 11-1
Six Number bet-Choose two adjacent 3-number rows5-1
Corner bet-Choose four adjacent numbers and bet on the intersection between the four8-1

Types of Roulette

European roulette
This style consist of a roulette wheel which has 37 compartments and numbers from 1 to 36 with the addition of a 0.
European roulette provides a lower house edge, compared to the American roulette, so the odds of winning are greater

American roulette
This style consist of a roulette wheel which has 38 compartments and numbers from 1 to 36 with the addition of 0 and 00. With the 00, American roulette gives higher advantage to the house, as compared to French, Russian or European roulette.

Roulette Glossary

Bottom Track
The slanted inner area of the Roulette wheel where the ball slides down before it bounces onto the head of the wheel and lands into the wheel slot

Chasing Losses
Increasing your bet amounts in the hope of recouping your losses

Cold Table
A table where all the Players, including you, have been losing consistently

En Prison Rule
Also known as the Surrender Rule, this type of betting lowers the house edge on your subsequent spin. It involves outside even money betting. If a wager is placed on red/black or some similar outside even money bet and the ball lands on 0, you have the option of losing half your wager or keeping the bet on the table ‘en prison’ for the next spin. If your next spin wins, you win your original bet and no winnings. If it loses you lose your bet altogether

Even Money
A wager that pays even money or 1:1, including bets on Red/Black, Odd/Even, Low/High

House Edge
The casino advantage; the difference between the true odds and the odds that the casino pays out

Martingale System
A Roulette System in which you double your last bet each time you lose, in the hopes of winning back your original bet.

Also known as ‘En Prison’ rule. If you make an even money wager and the ball lands on the 0 or 00, you have the option of losing only half of your wager

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Roulette Art Toons

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Blind Man's Bluff
Fair Play
He's Lost His Marbles
Keep on Rollin'

Men in Black
Rushing Roulette

Roulette Cartoons

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Caveman Roulette
Tough Business
Shooting Roulette
The Thinker

Roulette Quotes

The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.
Stephen Wright, Comedian

You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.
Albert Einstein, Scientist

If I had the money and the drinking capacity, I'd probably live at a roulette table and let my life go to hell.
Michael Ventura, Journalist

Horse racing is animated roulette.
Roger Kahn, Author

Roulette Myths

With its popularity a number of roulette myths have grown through the years and players who believe these myths dramatically cut their chances of success. Below are the most commons myths heard today:

All Roulette games are the Same
Roulette games are not the same, for example, you have the European and American wheels to choose from and the European is the best one to play, as your odds of success are better. You have 37 slots rather than 38 on a European wheel; this means the house advantage is just 2.70%, whereas on an American wheel it is 5.25% on all bets.

Each Roulette wheel spin is not random
This is the most common of the roulette myths - believing that the history of prior spins has an effect on the outcome of the next one. For example, if the ball falls on black 5 times in a row players feel that red has a higher chance of coming up next, this unfortunately is false.
The odds remain 50/50 and this would be the same if the ball had fallen on black 10, or even 20 times. Every spin is an independent event and previous history is irrelevant to predicting future spins. Many players also like to play on 'sleeping numbers' – these are the numbers that have not been hit for a long time. There is no logic behind such a bet as we have seen - the chances of that number coming up is 1 out of 36 numbers on every spin.

You can beat Roulette with a math based system
Many people these days are buying mathematical systems to beat Roulette, however this is a waste of time and money as Roulette is a game of chance and a system that claims to make money consistently from such a game is a contradiction in terms.

Roulette Tips

Dealers will leave the winning bet on the layout. Your payoff on the inside wagers will be slid to you. It is your responsibility to remove the winning bet if you don't want to play it the following spin.

Don't bet everything on one number.