Roulette Rules

Roulette is a casino game named after a French word meaning little wheel. A player can place bets on a number, a range of numbers, a color (red or black), or whether the number is odd or even.

Roulette rules

In order to determine the winning number and color, the croupier spins the wheel in one direction, and then spins the ball in the opposite direction, running on the wheel. The ball slows down and eventually fall into one of 37 (European roulette) or 38 (American roulette) colored and numbered pockets on the wheel.

Types of bets

A player has a number of possibilities, when placing a bet in roulette:

Inside bets:

 Straight-up: single number bet.
 Split: bet on two adjoining numbers, vertical or horizontal. Chips are placed on the line between these numbers.
 Street: bet on three numbers on single horizontal line. Chips are placed on the edge of the line.
 Corner (or square): bet on four numbers in square layout. Chips are placed in the middle of the square.
 Six Line: bet on two adjoining streets. Chips are placed at the corresponding intersection, as if in between where two street bets would be placed.
 Trio: bet on the intersecting point between 0, 1 and 2, or 0, 2 and 3.

Outside bets:

 1 to 18: bet on one of the first low eighteen numbers coming up.
 19 to 36: bet on one of the last high eighteen numbers coming up.
 Red or Black: bet on which color the roulette wheel will show.
 Even or Odd: bet on an even or odd number.
 Dozen Bets: bet on the first (1-12), second (13-24), or third group (25-36) of twelve numbers.
 Column Bets: bet on all 12 numbers on any of the three vertical lines. Chips are placed on the space below the final number in this string.

Roulette payout rate

Regardless of the bet type you place while playing roulette, the payout percentage is as follows:

 European (single zero) roulette – 97.3%
 American (double zero) roulette – 94.7%

For example, in the long run, you can expect to win back 97.3% of your wagered money on each single European roulette play.

Roulette history

While seeking for a perpetual motion machine in the 17th century, Blaise Pascal created a primitive form of roulette. It is believed to be a fusion of such games as the Italian board games of Biribi and Hoca, the English wheel games Roly-Poly, E.O, Reiner, Ace of Hearts, and Roulette from an already existing French board game with that name.

Roulette in the present form was introduced in 1796 in France. It contained two bank spaces – zero and double zero. It is known today as the American roulette and played mainly in the United States, South Africa, and the Caribbean.

François and Louis Blanc introduced a single zero roulette in Homburg (Germany) in 1843 in order to compete with other casinos that were offering the double zero version. The new form is known today as the European roulette and far more popular than the American form.

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