Beginner's guide to online roulette
Roulette became very popular soon after its invention back in the late 1600's. The credits of the game were given to a Frenchman, Blaise Pascal, being the result of his study on probabilities. Nowadays many players have formulated strategies to work in favour of these probabilities. Mostly, an element of luck and a thorough understanding of the rules will be enough to get you by, and hopefully walk away a little better off after your time at the table.
Rules of roulette
The majority of roulette rules are based around etiquette. The object of the game being to place bets on the outcome of each spin, be this by number or colour, the main rule to know is that stakes should be placed before the ball starts dropping. The dealer will inform you of no more betting. When the ball has come to a stop winning bets will be paid and a new round or phase begins.
Bets and oddsBets on a roulette table fall in to one of two categories; inside bets, such as straight numbers, splits, or corner bets, and outside bets allowing you to choose a colour or group of numbers. Each has it's benefit with outside bets carrying a 50/50 chance to win, whilst inside bets have a higher return when they win. The payout varies from 1:1 for most outside bets through to 35:1 for a straight number.
The roulette wheel
Casinos can offer one of two type of roulette wheel, either European or American. The wheel can easily be identified by the number of green zeros. A European wheel only has a single zero, however the American wheel also houses a '00' slot. The European version is preferred by most players as the extra slot on the wheel increases the house's edge on it's American equal.