Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Roulette - The Basics


Roulette is actually one of the simplest games in the casino to play, despite the busy-looking table and multiple colors of chips used. The pace is fairly relaxed compared to blackjack and positively glacial compared to craps. An added plus is that the tables are usually not crowded. You can thus play for moderately long periods of time without serious financial risk, even though the house edge is considerably higher than blackjack or craps.

HOW TO PLAY ROULETTE

The wheel is divided into 38 evenly spaced slots into which the ball will eventually land. Each slot has a number and color that matches corresponding numbers and colors on the betting table. The numbers are from 1 to 36, with half black and half red. The remaining two slots are for zero and double zero, both of which are colored green.

NOTE: Some roulette games have a wheel with only a single zero - no double zero. This means the wheel will have 37 instead of 38 numbers, which effectively cuts the house edge in half. You will find very few single zero games in Las Vegas, but if you find one, jump on it. The house edge is only 2.6%, making it one of the better casino games to play.

SPECIAL NOTE: The little Nevada Palace on Boulder Highway, across from Sam's Town, has a single zero roulette table open all the time.

The dealer spins the wheel and then spins a small ivory or steel ball around the rim of the wheel in the opposite direction. When the ball finally comes to rest in one of the slots, the dealer calls out the winning number and color and places a marker over that number on the betting table for all to see.

There are many different bets indicated on the betting table, as follows:

* The individual numbers: you can bet on 1 number, 2 numbers, as many as you like

* The three marked columns of 12 numbers each

* The 1st Dozen, 2nd Dozen, or 3rd Dozen

* The high numbers, indicated on the table as 1-18

* The low numbers, indicated on the table as 19-36

* Even Numbers or Odd Numbers

* Red Numbers or Black Numbers (note that this excludes the 0 and 00)

Here are the odds paid on the various bets:

* Individual numbers pay 35

* The 12 number columns pays 2 to 1

* The Dozens pays 2 to 1

* The high numbers and low numbers pay even money

* The even and odd numbers pay even money

* The red and black numbers pay even money

Important Note About Odds in Roulette: All bets have exactly the same house edge against you: 5.26%! That's right - it makes no difference which bet you make, the house edge is the same.

This is due to the presence of the 0 and double 00. These numbers do not win for any bet except for if you bet them as a number. In other words, they do not count for high, low, odd, oven, red or black, the dozens or the rows of 12 numbers.

Since these two out of the 38 numbers don't count except as a number, this is what gives the house it's 5.26% edge. (2 divided by 38 equals 5.26%). Also, a winning on a single number pays 35 to 1, while there are 38 numbers on the table, which again gives the house it's 5.26% edge.

You cannot overcome this edge in the long run, so just relax and place whatever bets seem interesting to you (although we do have a recommended betting strategy, whichwe explain in a different article).

Good luck!

Tom is the webmaster at http://www.blackjack-for-everyone.com, which is a website dedicated to turning beginning Blackjack players into serious recreational players.


MORE RESOURCES:

Casino gambling on big payoff from Asian community
MyFox Washington DC
Join the conversation on our Facebook page! Like us and tell us what stories matter to you. Join the conversation on our Facebook page! Like us and tell us what stories matter to you. HANOVER, Md. -. Maryland's largest casino is gambling on a big ...



Orlando Sentinel

Expansion of casino gambling draws dire warnings, praise
Orlando Sentinel
Mark WIlson, President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, (2nd from left) speaks during a Florida Forward panel discussion on gambling policy at The Ballroom at Church Street on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Mark WIlson, President of the Florida ...

and more »


Concord Monitor

My Turn: On casino gambling, song remains the same
Concord Monitor
Lou D'Allesandro has once again introduced a bill to legalize casino gambling, so the issue will again be debated this year, even though in every House vote since 1973, casino legalization has been rejected. His bill would license two casinos – which ...
Garry Rayno's State House Dome: State budget proposal has a little something ...The Union Leader

all 7 news articles »


Trips range from casino gambling to San Francisco
Manteca Bulletin
The Trips N' Tours group based at the Manteca Senior Center offers trips for people of all ages meaning you do not have to be a senior to participate. The only restrictions is for casino trips where those attending have to be 21 years of age or older ...

and more »


WLKY Louisville

Kentucky House speaker to introduce bill to legalize casino gambling
WLKY Louisville
FRANKFORT, Ky. —Kentucky House speaker Greg Stumbo is making plans to introduce another bill that would legalize casino gambling. Related. Commission picks 3 candidates to fill... City officials speaking out on 4... JCPS, Catholic schools operating on.

and more »


Online Poker.net

Mongolia Could Soon Embrace Casino Gambling
Online Poker.net
Mongolia Could Soon Embrace Casino Gambling Next week, the Mongolian parliament is set to vote on legislation that if passed would see the Central Asian country give the go-ahead for its first ever casinos to be built. While this is not the first time ...

and more »


Nation News

Legalise casino gambling
Nation News
For the first time, a member of the ruling Democratic Labour Party is opening up the possibility for having casino gambling on the island, after the party has been severely critical of its introduction based on moral principles, and its alleged ...
Casino gambling – Yes or no?Barbados Advocate

all 3 news articles »


Patch.com

New Members Named To Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling ...
GoLocalProv
“We remain focused on educating voters and our elected officials about the harms of casino gambling and to support sustainable alternatives that strengthen our local economy.” The group's next meeting will be held at the Newport Public Library on ...
Newport Anti-Casino Group Announces New Officers, Vows to Keep FightingPatch.com

all 2 news articles »


Nation News

Reject casino gambling, Mr AG
Nation News
Then he seems to ask: how could casino gambling make things any worse? I have two answers for the AG, the first quite simple. Not all items in a category are similar. Burglary, theft, fraud and assault are all crimes under the law. But a fist fight is ...



Nation News

Sealy: Let's look at casino gambling fully
Nation News
For the first time a member of the "closer to heaven" DLP is opening up the possibility for having casino gambling on the island, after the Party has been severely critical of its introduction based on moral principles, and its alleged association with ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.