Main Roulette Rules and Basics

Roulette is one of the most popular casino games. Its secret is in simple rules and a lot of excitement. Nevertheless, for a thoughtful casino player roulette gives good opportunities. That's why before placing everything on red, players should learn rules in details. As usually, learning methods are divided into scientific and non scientific.

Scientific Method

Roulette can be translated from French as a small wheel. Roulette wheel has 37 pockets numbered from 0 to 36. American version of the roulette has one additional pocket, which is 00. Roulette dealer throws a small white ball around the wheel. The ball spins until it lands in one of the pockets.

Roulette bets are placed on a table layout which has sectors corresponding to wheel pocket numbers. Fields with numbers are divided into three dozens and three colons. There are also separate fields for such bets as: black, red, even, odd, 1-18 and 19-36. We'll discuss types of roulette bets in more detail in a different article.

Main Roulette Rules and Basics

Understanding Roulette Chances

Casinos have edge in any online roulette, as well as any other online casino game. Payouts are calculated to make chances of online casinos and their players similar only if there would be no zero. Double zero in American roulette gives online casinos additional advantage. There are numerous theories suggesting the possibility of online casino player having an edge over casino. But they are all false.

Roulette with one zero gives a 2.7% casino edge. In roulette with double zero casino edge grows to 5.26%. French roulette has rules which make online casino edge a bit lower. They are La Partage and En Prison rules. When zero is hit and online casino player has even money bets, player doesn't lose thanks to these rules. The bets are locked until the next spin or only half of the bet is lost.

Second Method of Learning Roulette Is Practice

Every roulette table has a sign showing minimum and maximum bets. Choose roulette table that has bet limits you can afford. If you want to know the results of previous online roulette spins, look at a table which shows last winning sectors. But keep in mind that roulette ball doesn't have memory, therefore information about previous winning numbers won't help. It would be good to know main roulette terminology used by roulette dealer.

We'll discuss in a separate article how experience helps to learn roulette easily and in the right way at online casinos and land based casinos.