to Play Roulette
is a glamorous, exciting game that's easy to play.
typical "American" roulette wheel is divided into 38 slots which are
numbered 1 to 36 plus 0 and 00. Even numbers are red and odd numbers black. 0
and 00 are green. Some casinos offer the "European Wheel". This wheel
has only 37 slots. There is no 00.
you place your bets, the dealer spins a small white ball in the opposite
direction of the turning wheel. When the ball comes to rest in one of the slots,
the dealer will call out the winning number and settle all bets.
are the bets you can place and their corresponding payouts:
bet on a single number pays 35:1
bet on 2 adjacent numbers pays 17:1
bet on 3 numbers on a horizontal line pays 11:1
bet on a block of 4 numbers pays 8:1
bet on 6 numbers in 2 adjacent rows pays 5:1
bet on 1 of 3 vertical columns pays 2:1
bet on 12 numbers, low (1-12), middle (13-24) or high (25-36) pays 2:1
bet on even or odd, red or black, low (1-18) or high (19-36) pays 1:1
can place as many bets as you like on a single spin of the wheel up to the table
casinos use a rule called en prison. When a zero or double zero hits, the
player loses half the bet, or can let the bet remain in play, with the results
to be determined on the next spin. This rule only applies to even money bets.
the 38-number American wheel, the house has a big 5.26 percent edge. (Whenever 0
or 00 are hit, all bets lose.)
the 37-number European wheel, the house advantage is 2.7 percent. In other
words, on every $100 bet the house makes $2.70. With the en prison rule,
this edge drops to just 1.35 percent.
you want to look for casinos that offer the European, single-zero wheel -- and
many online casinos do. If you can find one that also offers en prison,
so much the better.