The Basics of Roullete


Roullete is a casino game in which players place bets on one or more of the numbers on a spinning wheel. The game’s popularity has waned since the introduction of video poker, blackjack, and craps in American casinos. In Europe, however, it remains a mainstay of the Monte Carlo casino complex and draws large crowds. This is largely due to the fact that it is one of the only games where a player can win based on pure chance.

Before the croupier throws a ball into the spinning wheel, you’ll give the dealer money, and he or she will exchange it for coloured chips of varying value. Once you’ve placed your bets, the croupier will spin the wheel. The roulette wheel is a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape and has thirty-six compartments painted alternately red and black (or sometimes green) and numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. Two green compartments on the American wheel, labelled 0 and 00, are reserved for house advantage bets.

The Street Bet/Three Number Bet/Side Bet/The Trio: This bet places your chip(s) to straddle the line between two numbers on the layout, covering both of them. If either number wins, the payout is 17-1.

Outside bets are a great place to start, as they’re more conservative plays with a higher payout if you win. These bets include the Dozens Bet, which wagers that the winning number will belong to the first, second, or third dozen on the layout. If the ball lands in a 0, however, you lose.

The Odd or Even Bet, known as impair et pair in French, is another even-money bet. You’re betting that the winning number will be either odd or even, but not both. Again, if it’s a 0 or a 00, you lose.