The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is a casino game of chance in which players place bets on individual numbers, groups of numbers, or combinations of numbers and colors. The goal of the game is to predict where the ball will land on a spinning wheel.

The wheel consists of a wooden disk slightly convex in shape, with metal partitions known as separators or frets around its rim. It is divided into numbered compartments painted red or black, with a third compartment marked 0 and a fourth one with a green sign for the American-style double zero wheel.

A ball spins around the wheel and when it comes to rest on a numbered pocket it stops there. The resulting number determines the winning bet.

To play Roulette, a player must first choose the amount of chips to bet on the chosen number or combinations of numbers. Then the player places his or her chips on a specific space on the roulette table map.

In roulette, the numbers range from 0-36 and a single digit, 0. The game has been played throughout Europe for hundreds of years.

The house edge in roulette depends on the type of bet placed, but can vary between 1.35 and 2.70 percent for European Roulette and 5.26 percent for American Roulette.

Unlike other casino games, you do not play with normal casino chips, instead you place your bets on special roulette chips, which are colored in order to differentiate them from the other chips on the table. These chips do not have any value away from the roulette wheel.

When you are ready to cash out, simply place all your remaining roulette chips on the table and tell the dealer that you would like to do so. The dealer will then take your chips and distribute them to you in exchange for normal casino chips.

The game of roulette was invented in France in the 18th century, based on the earlier hoca and portique games. The first written reference to the game of roulette appears in a gambling regulations document published in New France (now Quebec, Canada) in 1758. It was banned in France from 1836 to 1933, but it has long been a popular game worldwide.