The main objective in playing roulette is for one to choose a number that is similar to the one appearing on the roulette wheel after it has been spun. However, there is still a very tricky part on this game than just simple landing on the winning number. One may also bet on number combinations, or may choose to gamble over its color, or whether the number is odd or even. To conquer this trick, one should know the basic rules and the rudiments of playing roulette before even spinning the wheel.
Roulette, as one of the most popular casino games, traces its origins to a flourishing time of the 17th century in France. From there, the unique, upscale, game inevitably conquered Europe. Hence, the first type of roulette to be developed was the European roulette which uses a wheel with 37 slots that is numbered from 0 to 36. This type of roulette has a house edge of 2.63. It was only a few years later, when the trading industry became a worldwide phenomenon by which the game reached the American soil. Hence, the birth of another form of roulette was made. Compared to its pioneer form, the American roulette contains 38 slots because of the additional double zero (00) to the wheel, thus, increasing the house edge to 5.26.
There are two betting areas for the modern roulette form. On the inside area is the individual numbers of the wheel; on the outside, on the contrary, are different boxes for the colors, such as red and black, integer value, such as odd or even, and other number categories that mandate a bet. With the 0 and the 00 atop, the numbers are patterned in 12 rows of three to form three vertical columns.
In playing roulette, everyone is entitled to place their bets on any number they like, including the zero. The croupier, one who is assigned to facilitate the game, informs everybody that he is accepting no more bets for the game once he sat, “no more bets!” just before the ball is dropped to the spinning wheel. This signals that no one is to place their bets or change them whatsoever for the respective round. It is only when the croupier places the dolly on the winning digit or the “hot number” on the table by which everyone will know the winning number. The winning bets are those that fall on or around the number where the ball has landed unto. Furthermore, the bets on the outside row are also considered based on the winning digit’s color, value, etc.
Since there are a lot of inside bets one can make, the pay-out also varies in respect to this. The following are the pay-out values for each winning wager.
Straight up or simply a bet on a single number pays 35 to 1.
Split bet refers to a bet done on two digits. This pays 17 to 1. To do this bet, one needs to place his chip on the line that straddles two numbers.
Street bets or line bet simply means one has placed his chip on the vertical line that separates the inside and outside areas. This pays 11 to 1.
Quad bet or Corner bet refers to the instance when the player puts his chip such that it touches ever corner of the number he is betting for. This pays 8 to 1.
Basket bet refers to a five number wager on zero – numbers 1-2-3 and then the double zero – which pays 6 to 1.
Double Street bet is simply a bet done on six numbers which pays 6 to 1. This is done by placing one’s chip on the line that separates the inside and the outside area while making it straddle the row below or above it.
Red, Black, Odd and Even refers to even money bets.
Dozen bets is done by putting a bet on 12 consecutive numbers – the boxes labelled 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. This pays 2 to 1. Once a zero or a double zero comes up, the player automatically loses by default using this bet.
Column bet also contains 12 digits in it. However, this bet doesn’t represent consecutive numbers, but primarily consist of one of the three vertical columns. This type of bet pays 2 to 1 all the same.