Playing the Game of Roulette


History of Roulette

The word roulette means “small wheel” in French. The exact origins of the game are unknown, but there is speculation based on historical games that are similar to the game that we know of as roulette. The use of a spinning wheel for gambling purposes can be traced all the way back to the Greco-Roman period.

It is also thought that French Dominican monks may have created the game. Another theory is that French mathematician, Blaise Pascal, invented the game in 1655. Roulette is also similar to the English game of E-O and the Italian game of Hoca.

Roulette Game Set-Up

The game of roulette consists of a roulette wheel with numbered slots and a roulette table with numbers corresponding to those on the wheel set up according to the bets that can be placed. The number of slots depends on the variation of roulette you are playing. The most common variations include European roulette which consists of the slots numbered 1 to 36, plus a single zero and American roulette which consists of the slots numbered 1 to 36, plus a single zero and a double zero.

Playing the Game of Roulette

Players must place their bets on the roulette table. The croupier releases a small ball into the spinning roulette wheel in the opposite direction to the wheel. Players are able to place their bets up until the time when the croupier calls out “no more bets,” which will be just before the spinning ball drops into a numbered slot. From that time, players are not permitted to touch their chips until all payouts for the game are completed.

Understanding Roulette Bets

There are a number of different bets that can be placed in a game of roulette and it is important to understand them in order to understand how to play the game. In a game of European roulette there are ten bets that can be placed, while American roulette offers eleven bets. The bets can be divided into inside bets and outside bets.

Inside Bets:

  • Straight up bet – a bet placed on a specific number
  • Split bet – a bet placed on two numbers that are adjacent on the roulette table
  • Street bet – also known as a row bet – a bet on a row of three numbers
  • Corner bet – a bet on a group of four numbers in the corner of the table
  • Line bet – a bet on two adjacent rows of numbers
  • Five numbered bet – only available in American roulette – a bet on the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, 3

Outside Bets:

  • Red or black bet – a bet on a red or black number
  • Odd or even bet – a bet on an odd or even number
  • High or low bet – a bet on a high (19-36) or low (1-18) number
  • Column bet – a bet on a column of 12 numbers
  • Dozen bet – a bet on a group of a dozen numbers (1-12, 13-24, 25-36)

Roulette and Your Odds of Winning

Let’s be honest, this game is not complicated whatsoever, but it brings a ton of excitement because of the “feeling” you’re getting 50/50 despite that fact you’re not. There have been certain strategies and systems written to beat and win at roulette but the quickest way to win is to spin it once, win, and leave. That wouldn’t be too much fun though!