Roulette is a popular gambling game in which players bet on which number or group of numbers the ball will land in. It is a game of chance, but the right strategy can bring significant rewards to serious betters.

The rules of roulette are very simple, but there are some things you should know before playing this game for real money. You should also be aware of the table limits, which are the maximum and minimum amounts you can place on a single bet.

There are two types of bets in roulette: inside bets and outside bets. In order to make a roulette bet, you must lay down chips on the betting mat. These chips indicate the exact location of the bet on the board.

You can also place your bets on the wheel itself. The wheel consists of a solid wooden disk that is slightly convex in shape. Around its rim are metal partitions, called separators or frets, that divide the wheel into compartments. These compartments are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36, and alternate red and black. The 0 and 00 are coloured green on European-style wheels, but are marked with a red or black mark on American wheels.

Once the bets are placed, the dealer throws a ball into a spinning wheel and then spins the wheel until the ball lands in one of the pockets. If the ball lands in one of your bets, you win and your chips will be added to the winnings.

If the ball lands in another pocket, you can cash out your winnings. In most cases, you will have to pay a fee to the house to do this.

Roulette comes in both French and English varieties. In France, the terms on the betting mat are still in French but most American tables use the more familiar English language and mat.

The first bet is called an Inside Bet and involves placing chips on individual digits. The second bet is an Outside Bet and involves placing chips on a category of numbers instead of specific digits.

These bets are more conservative than the Inside Bets, but they do not have a high payout. They are also less exciting, so they are often preferred by beginners to those who are more advanced.

The Basics of Roulette