The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the most popular casino games available both online and in land-based casinos. It is also one of the most complex, with a multitude of betting options and variations that can increase your chances of winning. There are three main variations of the game, American, European and French, with subtle differences that you should be aware of.

The game originated in France around the 17th century, and is based on older games such as hoca and portique. There are many fanciful stories about the game’s origins, but what matters is that it was soon adopted in gambling dens and casinos all over Europe. The wheel used at that time had a double zero pocket, but in 1843 the single-zero pocket was introduced, which massively increased the popularity of the game. This version spread quickly to New Orleans and then across the United States, where it has become the most popular variant today.

A roulette wheel consists of a solid, slightly convex disk with a number of compartments or pockets, painted alternately red and black, and numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. A green compartment carries the sign 0 on European wheels, while two green compartments carry the sign 00 on American wheels. A croupier or dealer spins the wheel, and a small ball comes to rest in one of the compartments.

There are a variety of different bets that you can make on a Roulette table, depending on your preferences and your bankroll. Some bets offer lower payouts but have a higher chance of winning, while others offer bigger rewards but come with a much larger risk of losing.

Some of the most common bets include straight-up, column and dozens. A straight-up bet pays out 35 to 1, and it is a good bet to make when you want the highest odds of winning. A column bet pays out 2 to 1 if the ball falls on any of your wagered columns. Finally, a dozens bet is placed by placing chips on any of the 3 ’12’ sections of the table.