Introduction to Roulette

If you have ever watched a James Bond movie, you have likely seen characters playing roulette in a fancy casino. The game is one of the most recognizable thanks to its identifiable roulette wheel, and it is also one of the most popular (even outside of the movies) since it is so easy to play.

Rules of Play

Roulette is basically just a game of betting, and is almost entirely based on chance. To play, all you have to do is place a bet on a number or numbers on the red and black squares of a roulette table. Many players advise spreading out several small bets across the table, to increase your chances. Then, a casino employee will spin the wheel, and players must simply wait to see if the little silver ball inside lands on one of their chosen numbers.

Betting Terminology

While there is not a foolproof strategy for winning roulette, there are a number of different bets that players can put down each round. You can make a split bet by placing your chip between two different number, or you can make a straight-up bet on one number. You can also make a corner bet or a six-line bet, named for the position of the chip placement on the board.

American roulette wheels are slightly different from British and European wheels. The stylistic differences do not change the rules of the game, but they do change the house odds a bit. The main difference is that the American roulette wheels have an extra number--a double zero.