The Basics to Roulette for Beginning Players
About.com says roulette "is not as easy as it seems." We disagree. This game is easy to learn and fun play. After all, it's betting numbers and outside bets, and someone with no roulette knowledge should be able to walk to a table and start playing. We don't recommend that, but roulette isn't that hard.
In roulette, bettors place bets on the roulette table (pictured below). Roulette chips are a different color for each player so that gamblers can place chips on top of other gamblers chips. As players are betting, the roulette dealer spins the wheel and the ball in opposite directions. Once the dealer waves the table or "says no more bets," no more bets can be placed. When the ball spots, the dealer pays the winners. Pretty easy, right?
The American roulette wheel has 38 numbers. The numbers are through 1 to 36, 0 and 00. The numbers from 1 to 36 alternate in color between red and black. 0 and 00 are green. The purpose of the 0 and 00 numbers are to give the casino an edge. Unless a gambler specifically bets on 0 or 00, all bets on the table will lose when the ball lands on either of these numbers. The European wheel only has one green number, the single 0.
Betting on the outside refers to betting on items outside of the numbers in the middle table of the table. These bets include:
Red or Black Bets- Betting red or black at 1 to 1 odds.
Odd or Even Bets- Betting odd or even at 1 to 1 odds.
Dozen Bets - Betting a group of 12 consecutive numbers (1-12, 13-24, or 25-36) at 2 to 1 odds.
Column Bets - Betting a column of 12 numbers on the table at 2 to 1 odds.
Betting the inside refers to bets made on the "inside box" of numbers (1-36, 0 and 00). These types of bets are:
Straight Bets - Betting a single number at 35 to 1 odds.
Split Bets - Betting two numbers next to each other by placing a chip on the line between the two at 17 to 1 odds.
Street Bets - Betting three numbers in a single horizontal line by placing a chip on the edge of a number at the end of the line at 11 to 1 odds.
Corner Bets - Betting four numbers that touch by placing a chip on the "cross" that is formed between the four numbers at 8 to 1 odds.
Sixline Bets - Betting six numbers using two street bets by placing the chip on the edge of and between the end numbers used in a street bet at 5 to 1 odds.
If you're interested in learning more about roulette, please check out the following sites:
Roulette - Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
How to Play Roulette - About.com Casino Gambling
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