Online Roulette: Knowing The Basics

So you want to know how to play roulette? Roulette is the type of game that conjures up all kinds of thoughts and images in the mind of the player. It has long been a classic feature of any casino and has appeared in a number of Hollywood movies ranging from Casablanca to Casino Royale. Its reputation is certainly exotic and glamorous.


But thankfully, you don’t have to be James Bond or Humphrey Bogart to play the game. In fact, its premise is incredibly simple. The roulette table comprises of a large wheel, which is colored red and black, and each colored segment is numbered, from 1 to 36. A small ball is thrown into the wheel, and people place their bets based on where they believe the ball will fall. Punters can bet on either red or black, odd or even, or even a specific number if they wish. Of course the trickier the bet is, the higher the payout.


There are a few terms in roulette that any player should know. For instance, an American roulette wheel differs from a European roulette wheel in that the American wheel has 38 sections, or slots, as opposed to the 37 slots used in a European wheel. The difference is that the American wheel has a 0 slot and a 00 slot whilst the European wheel just has the 0 slot. This gives the American wheel what some call a higher ‘house edge’ of 5.3% compared to the European wheel ‘house edge’ of 2.7%.


There are some common names for the type of bets laid down at a roulette table too. Aside from the fairly self explanatory black betred beteven number bet and odd number bet, a player can also place a column bet (which means they select a column of numbers for their bet), a street bet (which means they select 3 numbers), or a high or low bet (either numbers 19-36 or 1-18). The highest odds are achieved by the player betting on 0 or 00 and range between 35 to 1 and 37 to 1, and the lowest odds are on either a high or low bet, an odd or even bet or a red or black bet (1 to 1).

If you want to play this game, but don’t have the means to physically go to a casino, then why not give online casinos a try? There are many to choose from, but remember, if you are going to pay to play, don’t forget that many often offer a roulette bonus. The majority, if not all, of online casino sites allow you to play without spending which means you can play free roulette games on the web and win prizes. Determining where the best roulette can be played for free can be a tricky process if you are new to playing online, so it’s best to search out online roulette reviews to give you the best idea of where to play.

There are different kinds of strategies for playing roulette, some of which are based on all manner of complex odds systems. James Bond famously usesthe Labouchere system, which has the player spreading his bets on most of the numbers on the roulette table. A low amount should be bet on 0, a higher amount should be bet on the middle numbers (13-18) and a higher amount still should be bet on numbers 19-36. Using this method, a £200 bet could yield returns of between £80 and £160 profit – but if the numbers 1 to 12 come up, you can still lose.


All of these websites have great animations and sound effects, so when you play roulette online, it is not really all that different from walking into a casino and placing a bet! So go ahead, place a bet, and see if you can win a great deal of prizes.

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