Introduction to Roulette

For many online casino players, there’s no more exciting game to play than roulette. It’s one of the most famous gambling games in history with many movies depicting fortunes won with the simple roll of a ball around a red and black wheel. As that ball begins to rest, it’s one of the best feelings in the world seeing your numbers or colours beginning to line up.

Another great thing about roulette is that it’s relatively easy for beginners to pick up. You don’t need years of bad beats teaching you how to refine your game like in poker for example. With roulette, you can literally win big on your very first wager – but first, you need an introduction to roulette to understand your betting options.

Roulette Basics

Roulette is a French word which means little wheel. The roulette wheel, as well as the table, form a relationship that is the basis of your success in the game. There are 36 numbers on the roulette wheel as well as a 0. What the game really entails is guessing where on the wheel a single small ball will land after the wheel is spun.

It sounds relatively simple – and it is, but there are also more betting strategies available on the roulette table. Players can choose to wager on the exact number they think the ball will land on. It’s obviously difficult to guess, but if you do choose wisely the payout is tremendous. With other betting choices the odds gradually tip in the player’s favour. You can bet on whether the ball lands on 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36 for example. You can wager if the number will land in 1-18 or 19-36 as well. You can even bet on which row of the table the marker will fall or if you want just choose whether the number will be red, black or odd/even.

Roulette Payouts

It’s the simplicity of the game but at the same time the complexity that makes so many players keep coming back to roulette. Of course, no introduction to roulette would be complete without discussing the payout tables which can be hard to grasp at first. Laying out the betting options is the best way to explain the payout odds:

• Straight bet – wager on a single number with payout odds coming back at 35 to 1
• Split bet – placing bets on adjoining numbers on the table. Odds vary from 17 to 1 for a 2 split bet to 8:1 for a four corner bet.
• Colour betting – a wager on red or black that pays 1:1
• High / Low – bets on first 18 or second 18 pay out 1:1
• Odd / Even – A 1:1 payout on whether the ball will land on an odd or even number
• Dozen betting – wagers on certain blocks of 12 (1-12, etc. or rows on the table) pay out 2:1 of the original wager.

Now that you know how to bet and what you’ll win, the next step is to get out and play to find out which wagers are the most exciting to you.