Roulette is a casino game of chance that has evoked mystery, glamour, and excitement since the 17th century. Although the rules are simple, there is a surprising amount of depth to this game and the right strategy can reap high rewards.

The word roullete comes from the French word for “wheel.” It is played at a special table with a revolving wheel in its center. This wheel has divisions that are alternately red and black and numbered from 1 to 36. There is also a second green division marked 00 on American roulette wheels.

Players make their bets by laying chips on a betting mat. The precise placement of the chips indicates the bet being made. Bets on six or fewer numbers are called “Inside bets,” while those on twelve or more are known as “Outside bets.” The ball is spun around the wheel and, when it comes to rest in one of the compartments, the player has won.

Choosing a Table

Before you start playing, select a table within your budget. Each table carries a placard with a description of the minimum and maximum bets allowed. This information is especially helpful for beginners, who may be unsure of what bets are best for their bankroll.

During the spin, the croupier will clear the table and then throw the ball into the spinning wheel. After a few seconds, the wheel will stop and the croupier will announce that the bets are over. Then, the croupier will spin the wheel and drop the ball into the pocket that corresponds with the number that was bet on.

When the ball hits, all winning bets are paid out, except for those on 0 and 00 (American roulette only). The house edge in this game is due to the presence of the green zero and double zero. The house earns six to one against all outside bets and the first and last 18 even-money bets.

Before the croupier starts spinning, place your chips on the betting mat and ask for the color you wish to bet. The dealer will then give you coloured roulette chips equal to the value of your bet. You can then either leave the table or continue to bet. If you win, the dealer will collect your chips and place them on a special rack until the next round begins. You can always return to the table and place new bets, but beware of the temptation to increase your wagers after a big win!

The Basics of Roulette