Learning the Basics of Roulette
Roulette actually refers to the contraption that rotates and is widely used by casinos for a gambling game with the same name. Winners are identified by spinning the said wheel-like device, throwing a ball into it, and waiting for the ball to a land on a certain figure after the roulette has stopped. Once a player or players have wagered on the figure where the ball will lad, they automatically win the round. While reading through the texts gives one the impression that roulette, as a game, is a very simple one, many players actually fail to know the different wager combinations they are to choose from. Knowing these combinations brings not only perks and joy, but also a chance on winning a bigger price and bringing home the bacon, to be exact.
The Story Behind the Game
In the 17th century, somewhere in the downtown of France, a few gamblers devised their own type of game: a game that uses a wheel and a stone or a pebble. Though no one could actually say if it was really the origin of roulette, looking through history, it is still undeniable that the roots of the game can be traced in the said city. Historians believe that the said event led to the creation, development, and establishment of European roulette. A few years after the development of the first ever version of roulette came the appearance of the American roulette. This type is actually a copy of the game, after the trading industry became global. Although both actually have the same gameplay, there is a noticeable distinction between them. In the European roulette, there are 37 slots on the wheel used in the game. The slots are numbered or identified from 0 to 36. On the other hand, the American roulette has 38 slots on its wheel. This is so because the Americans decided to add another figure on the wheel, a double zero (00) to increase the house edge of the game.
The Setting of the Game
As mentioned earlier the main device used in casino game is the wheel or simply the roulette. Whatever type of roulette may it be – whether European or American -the same layout could be seen on the wheel. The roulette is divided into two distinct betting areas: the inside area and the outside area. Individual digits, may it be 0 to 36 or 00 to 36, are found on the inside area of the wheel. Contrariwise, the outside area is a bit complicated since it has many types of betting options. There are boxes or areas intended for color options: black or red, there are boxes for the integer value: odd or even, and there may or may not be other categories available, depending on the casino. The inside area has a complicated but pleasing-to-the-eye pattern: there are 12 rows of three figures that form into three vertical columns at the same time. A player may simply choose from all these betting options on the wheel.
The Mechanism of the Game
The game commences by the time the players have already placed their bets on the figure, color, integer value, etc. they prefer. The roulette is spun while the players do this. Then, the croupier will announce that he is no more accepting any bets or wagers before he even throws the ball on the spinning roulette. Usually, the croupier would simply shout “no more bets” to remind all the players that they cannot, in one way or the other, change their bets or add more bets on the table. Once the roulette has stopped, the croupier will check and see where the ball has landed. It is only when the croupier puts on a dolly on the winning digit by which winners can claim their price while losers have their chips taken. The winning number is also called the “hot number.” Winners are identified if they get the digit right, or the color, value, etc. that comes along with it.
The Pay-out System
- A straight up or a bet on a single digit pays 35 to 1.
- A Split bet or a bet on two digits pays 17 to 1. This is done by betting on the line that straddles two digits.
- A Street bet or line bet pays 11 to 1. This is done when the player puts his chip on the vertical line that separates the inside and outside betting areas.
- A Quad bet or Corner bet pays 8 to 1. This is done when the player places his chip such that it touches ever corner of the number he is betting for.
- A Basket bet pays 6 to 1. This is done when a player wagers on a five number wager on zero – numbers 1-2-3 and then the double zero.
- A Double Street bet 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 or Even pays an equal amount to the player’s bet.
- A Dozen bet is pays 2 to 1. This is done when a player bets on 12 consecutive numbers – the boxes labelled 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. Once a zero or a double zero comes up, the player automatically loses by default using this bet.
- A Column bet pays 2 to 1. It also contains 12 digits in it. However, this bet doesn’t represent consecutive numbers, but primarily consist of one of the three vertical columns.