Online roulette, the King of casino games is a distinguishable and popular casino game known best for its distinctive, spinning wheel. The table layout is complex with multiple ways to bet but the rules and strategies are not hard to learn if you don’t already know them. Every reputable online casino has at least the basic variations of the world's oldest table game and so LiveCasinoDirect may boast a catalogue of dozens of online roulette games. These have been divided up into four categories which may describe any variation of roulette online.
The more traditional roulette games are played on a table of 36 red and black numbered pockets plus one zero in French and European versions; the double zero is added on the American board. This adds to an already-high house advantage, so French or European versions may be the way to go for better odds. The only difference between French and European roulette is that the former offers a set of standard bets which cover a wide swath of numbers.
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Roulette is a casino game in which the croupier spins a wheel with either 37 numbers (European/French) or 38 numbers (U.S.) and gamblers place bets as to where they think the ball will stop on a specific colored number. Bets can be placed on a specific color (black or white), a single number, range of numbers or odd or even. The name Roulette comes from a form of the French word for little wheel (petite roué).
The players place bets by placing there chips on top of the numbers where they want the ball to land. This will include but not limited to a specific number, color, group of numbers etc. The croupier will spin the wheel and thereafter will roll the ball in the opposite direction. After losing its momentum, the ball will eventually stop, settling down on one of the numbers with its corresponding color. The croupier will than place a doly on the table over the winning number and will take away the rest of the chips. The croupier will than place the winning amount to the corresponding number on the table.
Probably one of the less complicated of casino games, Roulette is probably one of the easiest games to play. For those understanding the betting odds, and in many cases a minimum and maximum amount for betting, the rules are fairly easy to follow. With the differences between the 3 main variations of the game (U.S., Europe and French) most rules are similar.
Bets will be placed before the ball is rolled on the spinning wheel. After this has occurred, no more bets are taken and players will wait until the ball has landed on a specific number. The croupier will than take away all losing chips and place the winnings next to the corresponding number on the table.
There are many systems out there that are based on the Monte Carlo fallacy, which is the belief that if something occurred more frequently in the past, that its chances of occurring in the future are slightly diminished, and vice versa. This is a mistaken belief and most players who follow these systems end up losing.
The strategy in any game of chance is to increase your odds of winning. In the case of Roulette, this strategy would be to play the European version of the game with its better odds, or if you’re really lucky you will find a French version. These are difficult to find and usually have a high minimum bet to play the game.
Of all the sophisticated and confusing ways to win, and short of making the game exciting and somewhat interesting, the most recommended strategy is playing only the outside bets, or place two outside bets with the same amount for each bet.
Action, Ball, Ball Track, Column Bet, Double Zero, Dozen Bet, Even Bet, Even Money Bets, Five Number Bet, Lin Bet, Odd Bet, Outside Bet, Split Bet, Croupier, Street Bet, and wheel just to name a few. There are many other terms especially for the French version of the game but in this article we will focus on the U.S. and European games.
French Roulette, as in all things French, is a bit different from the other two popular versions. This variation has the La Partage rule which on even money bets that land on “0” (Zero), the players will win half their money back. Because of this slight variation, the odds of the House drop to 1.23% making this the most attractive of the games. As casinos are there to make money, this variation is not that common.
As stated above there are to main variations which use two different amounts of numbers on the wheel. As gamblers always look for the best odds, the European is considered the most popular variation. This version has 37 numbers and only one “0” (Zero) while the house has an advantage of only 2.63%. With Roulette Royal offering a progressive jackpot on top of the odds, this is also very popular. The only problem is that to win the jackpot, the player must hit the same number 5 times in a row. The odds of this occurring are 69,343,956 to 1 (One).
The U.S. version shares all the characteristics of the others, but has an extra number which is the “00” (Double Zero). This extra number adds to the House advantage of 5.26% doubling that of the European version.
Mini Roulette is of course a “mini” version of the game with only 13 numbers on the wheel which increases the odds of the House to 7.69%. Some establishments offer half your money back when landing on the “0” (Zero) which decreases their odds to 3.85%.
A common shared belief but questioned by experts is that Roulette was created in 18th century France, and is believed to be a combination of four English games, Ace of Hearts, Reiner, Roly-Poly and E.O., two Italian games, Hoca and Biribi and of course from the French board game called “Roulette”. There is also the belief that Roulette was created by Blaise Pascal a French scientist during a retreat to a monastery in 1655, while there is also support for a random French monk who created the game out of boredom while living in a monastery.
As with any casino game, there is of course a place for Roulette in movies and popular culture. With its place in Casablanca and Humphrey Bogart’s not too legal wheel at Rick’s Café to Robert Redford in The Sting losing a good part of his money to another fixed wheel. But my favorite is the Roulette scene in Diamonds Are Forever, where James Bond plays the wheel and thereafter follows up with Craps. Of course with every winner at Vegas tables, there is an attractive woman on the players arm trying to get part of the winnings.
Now if you want something less cheeky and more dramatic than look no further than the Russian roulette scenes in The Deer Hunter. Not your typical French or European game, this variation is used with a revolver and one chambered round. What starts out as a form of torture in the “POW” camp, becomes an obsession for the character Nick (Christopher Walken) which untimely leads to his untimely death.