How to Play Roulette
Roulette is a game that requires players to predict where a ball dropped on a spinning wheel will land. The player records their predictions with the dealer by placing their chips at designated areas on the roulette table. The game board on the table is made up of 3 columns of 12, labeled 1 through 36. At the top of the board are a “0” and a “00”. This means that there are 38 possible places for the ball to land on the wheel.
A person is allowed to make two types of bets, inside bets and outside bets. An inside bet means the player is betting on the number or set of numbers that the ball will land on while an outside bet means that a player is betting on the color of the number the ball lands on, whether the ball lands on an odd or even number, which column of 12 the number the ball lands on is located in and whether or not the ball lands on a low (1 through 18) or high (19 through 36) number. A player may bet inside, outside, or both, but each bet must meet minimum bet requirements.
When betting inside, the player can make a straight up bet(on one number only, chip is placed directly on number, pays 35 to 1), split bet (on two numbers, chip straddles both numbers, pays 17 to 1), street bet (on three numbers, chip is placed on the line at the end of the row to the right of the last number in the row, pays 11 to 1), corner bet (on four numbers, chip straddles four numbers at once by being placed on the adjoining corners of four numbers, pays 8 to 1), line bet (on six numbers, chip is placed on the line at the end of the row to the right of the last number in a row but straddles the top and bottom of two numbers, pays 5 to 1), five number bet (on five numbers, the player places a chip where the number 2 meets the 0 and the 00, this bet will win if the ball lands on 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3, and pays 6 to 1).
When betting outside, the player can bet on the color of the number that the ball lands on, whether the number is odd or even, and whether the number is high or low, (each pays 1 to 1). A person can make a column bet by placing their chips at the bottom of which column they think will contain the number the ball lands on. A dozen bet allows the player to bet on whether the ball lands on the first 12 numbers, second 12 numbers, or third 12 numbers of the board.
As players will be able to see, the inside bets pay considerably more than the outside bets, since the odds of winning an inside bet are lower. For most of the outside bets, the player has a 50% chance of winning. For the most part, it isn’t too difficult to learn to play roulette. Perhaps the best thing about the game is that the player can bet on every possible outcome.