The Basics of Roullete


Roullete is one of the world’s most popular casino games. It can be found in any casino with table games and is easy enough for beginners to learn but with enough betting options to appeal to experienced players too. Its history dates back to the 17th Century and although there are many fanciful stories about its invention, the truth is that it was derived from older games such as hoca and portique. Its modern layout and wheel structure were developed in the early 18th Century and it rapidly became a popular game throughout Europe.

Its popularity spread to the United States and the game is now a staple in many American casinos and gambling establishments. However, the house edge on the American double-zero wheel can be much higher than that on the European single-zero version. It is not as high as that of craps but it still gives the casino an advantage over the player.

Basically, the dealer spins a wheel and then rolls a small ball around it in the opposite direction, around a tilted circular track that runs around its outer edge. The wheel is a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape and it has a number of metal partitions or frets, known as “canoes” by roulette croupiers. Thirty-six of these compartments, alternately painted red and black, are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36, while two green pockets on the opposite sides of the wheel carry the numbers 0 and 00.

Before the ball is rolled, players place their chips on a special mat that clearly shows what bet they are making. Bets on six or fewer numbers are called “Inside bets” and those on 12 or more numbers are referred to as “Outside bets”. Players must always know what type of bet they are placing before they lay their chips down because different types of bet have a different house edge.

Before you start betting, you must establish the size of a betting unit based on your available bankroll. This is your minimum bet and it must be at least a unit, even if you lose multiple rounds in a row. You must also decide whether or not to use the Martingale system, which involves doubling your bet after every loss and adding a unit whenever you win.