Roulette is a game that is mostly based on luck, and very little strategy. There are no real betting systems that allow you to beat the game, however there are some ways that are considered better ways to play than others. Join us as we discover the roots of Roulette, the best and worst ways to play, and how you could become the next ruler of Roulette.
It is said that the ideas of Roulette date back thousands of years, when shields were spun and lives of villagers or townspeople hung in the balance of the results. But don’t fear, as these days, Roulette is best known as a popular casino game that was lucky enough to take a spin out of one of Blaise Pascal’s failed inventions. In 1655, the French physicist and mathematician attempted to create a perpetual motion machine and instead, unknowingly birthed one of the most popular casino games of all time.
The design and gameplay were influenced by two similar games that became popular in 17th century Europe. ‘Roly Poly’ and ‘Even-Odd’ both involved spinning a wheel and betting on the outcome. Thankfully, these names didn’t stick – it’s hard to imagine walking into a classy casino and placing your bets on a game called ‘Roly Poly’.
Understanding the wheel
It’s important to remember that the Roulette wheel can vary based on the different types of wheels and tables. On a standard American Roulette wheel, there are 38 pockets ranging from 0 to 36, alongside the additional 00 number. 18 of the pockets are black, and 18 are red. The pockets containing 0 and 00 are the only green pockets on the wheel. These separate the black and red numbers and ensure that no pocket of the same colour is side by side. If you were to spin the wheel counter clockwise, the numbers would appear as such: 0, 2, 14, 35, 23, 4, 16, 33, 21, 6, 18, ,31, 19, 8, 12, 29, 25, 10, 27, 00, 1, 13, 36, 24, 3, 15, 34, 22, 5, 17, 32, 20, 7, 11, 30, 26, 9, 28.
On the other hand, a standard European or French Roulette wheel will not feature a 00 pocket, meaning that the only green pocket on the wheel is a single zero. This doesn’t make a lot of difference to gameplay, however, in the long run house edge will be significantly decreased meaning that players will either win significantly more, or lose a little less.
The order of the numbers on the wheel, whilst appearing very random, are carefully thought out in order to accomplish four things:
- To confuse the player.
- To allow the colours to alternate, with two consecutive numbers displaying different colours.
- Low and high numbers to alternate as much as possible so the wheel is balanced as perfectly as can be.
- And finally, so that odd and even numbers can be spaced evenly along the wheel with no more than two odd or even numbers adjacent to one another.
Placing your bets
Whether you’re playing online Roulette, or trying your luck in an on-land casino, you should always try and choose to play with a European version of the game to maximize your chances of winning.
Pay attention to the table limits:
These will show you the minimum and maximum bets for that particular game – allowing you to choose a game that is within your budget.
The best way to win more games, or to minimize the risk of losing money, is to focus on the outside bets. These are the red-black, odd-even and high-low bets. Betting only on outside bets gives you a 50% chance of winning (or losing), so is the safest way to play the game.
Do not bet your winnings:
Should you be lucky enough to bag a win, it is recommended that you do not use these winnings for future bets, guaranteeing that you will walk away from the table with a profit and feeling as though you really are the ruler of Roulette.
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