As one of the easiest casino games to learn and certainly the most popular in any land-based or online casino, roulette has always been a favourite for as long as I can remember. Tonnes of bet choices, strategy, and fun all lead up to the exciting spin of the wheel where losers and winners are determined by a few bounces of the almighty white ball. If you are an experienced player getting back into the game or never played roulette before, I have fashioned a comprehensive guide revealing everything you need to know to become a master at the tables when playing roulette. We’ll cover how to play the game, examine several types of bets, and cover the different variations of roulette to get you ready.
A roulette table will always have a white ball, a roulette wheel, and a table featuring all the betting options known as a layout. You will also have a live dealer present in a land-based casino or an electronic dealer when playing online. Each game will have a round of betting before the dealer spins the roulette wheel, drop a white ball on the outer edge of the wheel and spin it in the opposite direction, and wait for the white ball to land to determine the outcome. The objective of Roulette is to predict the number the white ball is going to land on. After every spin of the wheel, the game will reset completely and will start over with a new round of betting.
There are tonnes of betting options built into the game of roulette to make it more versatile, exciting, and downright fun. Let’s have a look at the distinct categories of bets you can make while playing roulette:Individual Number Bets
This is considered the most basic bet in roulette as you are betting on one number. You will only be able to win if the white ball lands on that specific number. For instance, if you bet that the number 8 is going to land, you will only win if the number 8 is rolled. This is rather difficult to pull off, and it’s for this reason that you will receive £35 for every £1 wagered.Group of Numbered Bets
This is one of the most diverse betting options offered on a roulette table. Basically, instead of placing your chips on one number, you will have the option to place your chips on a group of numbers. This can be wide ranging such as 1-18 numbers or 19-36 numbers, or an even tighter range by only selecting two numbers. The wider the range of numbers, the lesser your payout will be.Characteristic Bets
These are the best bets I would recommend for beginners who wish to get more comfortable with roulette. Instead of betting on groups of numbers or specific numbers, you simply place a bet on the colour of the number or the oddness or evenness of the number. These types of bets always pay even and are as simple as they sound. There are several other bets that exist in the game of roulette, but as a beginner, this is the simplest form of betting that will assist you in getting to know the game.
There are three main variations of roulette that you will come across. This will depend on the type of casino you are playing at and where in the world you are situated. The three main versions include European Roulette, French Roulette, and American Roulette. The only difference between European Roulette and American Roulette is the double zero for American Roulette and the single zero for European Roulette. French roulette is very similar to European Roulette except for the betting board layout and a few small differences in game rules such as the ‘En Prison’ and ‘La Partage’ rules.