The Basics of Roullete


Roullete (pronounced roo-LE-teh) is the classic casino game that has provided glamour, mystery and excitement to players since the 17th century. Although the rules are relatively simple, roulette offers a surprising level of depth for serious betters and can lead to high rewards.

The game is played with a ball that is spun in one direction around the edge of a wheel containing compartments numbered from 1 to 36 in alternate red and black. There is also a single zero (on European-style wheels only) and two green pockets labelled 0 and 00 on American wheels only. The wheel is set on a spindle, with the compartments painted in black and red to make it easier for the dealer to track the ball’s position.

Before the wheel is spun, players place their bets on what they think will come up. They do this by laying their chips on a betting mat with precise markings that correspond to the compartments on the wheel. Bets on individual numbers are called “inside bets” and those on groups of six or more numbers are known as “outside bets”.

As the wheel spins, the dealer will drop the ball into one of the compartments and, when the chips on a winning bet have been cleared off the table, the winner will be paid. Then the dealer will reset the table and start a new round.

The best roulette strategy is to set a budget before playing and stick to it. Each roulette table carries a placard describing the minimum and maximum bets allowed. Choosing tables that allow you to play within your budget is important. Between spins, give the dealer money by placing it on the table and asking for “colour”. The dealer will then hand you coloured roulette chips in value equal to the amount you have given. You should not dip into your winnings for future bets as it can increase your risk of losing money. If you do win, cash out your chips as quickly as possible.