Classic Roulette is sadly declining in popularity, this is due to many casinos mainly land-based ones realizing that slot machines make much more money and require a lot less effort, and as such they are cutting back on roulette tables and filling the space with a bank or two of slots.
Surprisingly a lot of players deem roulette to be a complicated game to play and as such avoid playing it, when in reality it is easier than both slot machines and Keno! If you fall into this category of player then allow us through this guide to
explain the game of roulette, it variants and we will even throw in a couple of hints and tips for good measure!
To understand the game of online roulette you have to realize that it is a game of chance, there is no skill involved what so ever and the game of roulette has no memory. There is a wheel, a ball, the layout and a Croupier (the person who spins the wheel and pays winning bets and clears losing ones).
Should you wish to play you will need to purchase "chips" to play with, unlike at a Blackjack table where you use standard chips those used at a roulette table are color coded, and each player is allocated a color, this is simply so the house knows whose bet it whose.
The value of your chips are dependant on yourself, you can pick a value based on the minimum and maximum bet amounts which are indicated on a sign at the side of the wheel. Once you are armed with your chips you are ready to play.
Roulette Layout and Betting Options
There are 2 variants of roulette that we are going to be covering in our guide and these are the American version and the European version. To begin with we shall take a look at the type of betting options that are available on both tables.
The roulette wheel used in the American version of roulette has 38 numbered pockets ranging from 1 to 36 along with a single zero and a double zero. A player may place his or her chips on several places on the layout, each bet placed will be a wager on a number or a group of numbers.
Single Number Bets You can place chips on any single number including the zeros, you do this by simply piling your chips on top of the number you wish to bet on, if fellow players have already placed chips on that number simply add yours on top of theirs. This type of single number bet is more commonly know as a Straight Up bet.
In American roulette you will win, should your chosen single number bet come in an will be paid out at 35-1. I.E. if you bet a $1 chip on number 7 and it spins in then you will get $36 returned to you, this is made up of your initial $1 stake and $35 in winnings.European Roulette
Straight-Up Bets The difference between the American version and the European version is that where as the American version has 36 numbers and 2 zeros the European variant has 36 numbers and just one zero.
This means the expected payback percentages are slightly different on the European roulette table. A winning single number or Straight-Up bet will get paid out at 35-1 on European roulette, which is the same as one the American version yet with one less possible winning number.
So a savvy, educated player will always avoid playing on an American roulette table when there is an European one nearby. Roulette - Split bet A split bet is simply one bet covering 2 numbers, if you look at the roulette table layout you will see some numbers are next to each other, for example number 32 is next too 29, 31, 33, and 35 and by placing a chip or chips on the line separating any of these adjacent numbers (the split line) you will be betting that either of them will be spun in.
If you are successful and one of the 2 numbers comes in you will get paid out at odds of 17-1 on both the American and European versions.
Once again when you are placing this type of bet and another player has already placed chips on the split line simply add yours on top. Roulette - Street bet A Street Bet in roulette is simply a bet covering 3 numbers, if you look at the roulette table layout you will see the numbers are in rows, beginning with 1,2,3, and working its way upto 34,35,36. By placing a wager on a Street Bet you are betting that any one of these 3 numbers in your chosen row will spin in. If you are successful you will get paid out at odds of 11-1.
To place a bet on the Street you must place your chips or chips on the outside line at the beginning of the row (if in doubt simply ask the Croupier who will be more than happy to help). This type of wager is also called a three-number bet Roulette - Five Number Bet A Five Number Bet is unique to an American roulette table and this bet covers the numbers 1,2,3 and both the double and single zero.
You will be paid out at odds of 6-1 should you have wagered on this option and one of the five numbers is spun in. The Five Number Bet is however the worse bet you can make as it carries a house edge of 7.89%. Roulette - Square Bet This type of bet allows you to bet that any one of four possible numbers will be spun in.
To place a Square Bet you simply need to place a chip or chips on the center spot of your chosen 4 numbers. An example of a Square Bet are the numbers 20,21,23,24. If you win this bet your payout is 8-1 on both the American and European versions. Roulette - Six Number Bet As the name suggests this type of wager covers 6 numbers, it is much like the Street Bet mentioned above however you are covering in effect two rows as opposed to one. Simply place your chips or chips on the outside line that covers you six chosen numbers.
The payouts of this bet is 5-1 Roulette - Column Bet The roulette table is divided into 3 columns and by placing a wager in any of the boxes at the end of each column you are covering every number in your chosen column. You will be paid out at odds of 2-1 should any of these twelve numbers be spun in. Roulette - Dozen Bet You also have the option on betting on the "Dozens" the are the 3 groups of 12 numbers that make up the non zero digits on the table.
The 3 groups are 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36. The payouts for the bet are the same as the column bets and all wining bets get 2-1. Roulette - Even Money Bet You also have 6 available even money bets and as such you can place wagers on whether you think the ball that spins in will be either Even, Odd, Red, Black, 1-18 or 19-36. The even money bets are the most common for players.
How to beat casino with Roulette There are hundreds if not thousands of betting systems used in the game of roulette. In fact online you will find site after site selling "guaranteed" winning systems that the seller proclaims cannot lose. If you are a sane, level headed person you will know these claims are false.
No matter how convincing such a system may seem you should at all times remember the game of roulette has both a house edge and a maximum stakes level. These two facts ensure that in the long term the house will win and make a profit. We shall now take a look at a few roulette betting systems and will show you how they work and list any possible pitfalls associated with using them. Roulette - Martingale System This is the worst betting system of all and the most well known. It can produce winning session after winning session but by playing it you stand the very good risk of wiping out you gaming bankroll.
The system is simple to use and understand, you simply pick one of the even money bets and place one chip on that betting option. If it wins, great you have doubled your money. If it loses then you need to move onto the next stage of the system. The next stage after a losing bet is to double your initial wager, so after one loss you bet 2 chips, after two losses 4 chips, three losses 8 chips and so on.
You will see the risk of ruin element rising as you have to keep doubling your previous wager, and long runs of certain even money numbers can and always do occur. If you are picking the numbers that are hitting then that's all well and good but should you be losing your bankroll will reduce until either you simply don't have enough funds left to make the next double money wager or you reach the table limit. So in conclusion if you must play the Martingale system set yourself a stop limit and win limit, and once you reach either stop playing. Roulette - Dozen and Square System This is a system we have seen used and is quite fun if you pace yourself and set those all important win and loss stop limits. You will need 195 chips for this system and you raise your stakes after the third losing bet as opposed to the 2nd in a Martingale.
After a win you start again from stage one after a loss you move onto the next stage :
Stage 1 - Your first bet is 2 chips on the 1-12 dozen box and 1 chip on the 20,21,23,24 square. If the bet wins on your first spin, all is well and good and you have made a profit.
Stage 2 - If the first bet loses then you simply repeat the bet, should it win you are all level if one of the first dozen numbers appears or should a Square Bet number come in then you have made a 3 chip profit.
Stage 3 - If the 2nd bet loses once again you repeat the same bet (2 chips on the first dozen and 1 chip on the Square Bet), if the dozen bet wins you are from the 3 spins showing just a 3 chip loss should however a square bet number come in at this point you are all equal.
Stage 4 - If you have had 3 losing bets in a row then you need to start raising your stakes and as such the next bet will be 2 chips on the Square bet and 4 chips on the dozen bet. Should this bet lose you have so far a 15 chips loss, should however a dozen bet number appear you are showing a 3 chip loss should however a square bet number come in you will be 3 chips in profit.
Stage 5 - Four losing bets in a row means you now need to place 4 chips on the square bet and 8 chips on the dozen bet, a win one a dozen number means an overall 3 chip loss and a square bet win means a nice little profit of 9 chips. If a loss appears you are down 27 chips at this point.
Stage 6 - If you have lost on every spin made so far your next bet is now 8 chips on the square bet and 16 chips on the dozen bet. A win of the Dozen bet means overall a loss of just 3 chips and a square bet win locks in a 21 chip profit. A loss at this point put you 51 chips down.
Stage 7 - If the previous bet lost you now raise the stake to 16 chips on the square bet and 32 chips on the dozen bet. If the square bet wins you will be up 45 chips and a successful dozen bet will mean you are just 3 chips down.
Stage 8 - This is the final stage if all previous bets where losers then your final bet will be 32 chips on the square bet and 64 chips on the dozen bet. If you lose this bet you have wiped out your 192 chip bankroll and you should call it a day, should however the dozen bet spin in you are down overall just 3 chips, should however the square bet spin in you are in profit by some 93 chips.
Playing this system won't mean you are going to win all the time but it can and often does lead to some exciting sessions, and with the square bet numbers being in effect your jackpot numbers when these start to appear as you raise through the stages you can often lock in some big profits. Also set yourself a realistic win stop level, and once you win that amount stop and end your session a winner.
Roulette Neighbor bets
A Neighbor bet is simply a bet that is placed on the neighboring numbers of a Straight Up number and in land based casinos this wager is made via a verbal instruction from the player to the Croupier.
To place a neighbor bet you have to realize that these neighbors are in reference to the roulette wheel layout and not the betting layout on the table. The Neighbor bet will win if either your chosen number of either of the 2 numbers either side of this number is spun in.
That means you are covering 5 numbers in total You can have more than 2 neighbors and this is done again by verbal instruction to the Croupier who will take you chips and place the appropriate wager section of the table, each wager is one chip in value so a 2 neighbor wager will cost 5 chips.
Below are the neighbor bets available (based on a neighbors bet of 2)
There is a whole world of difference between playing roulette at a landbased casino as opposed to playing at an online casino. With this in mind we will present to you a few points of interest and facts and figures that you may be interested in. The first thing you need to know is that not all online casino software offers the same rules regarding how their roulette game plays so it is critical you check up on the game rules.
Some online casinos for example offer a version of European roulette that gives what is called an "en prison" rule. This means that should you have placed an even money bet and a zero is spun in then you receive either 50% of your stake back or the wager becomes imprisoned. Once a bet is imprisoned, it must stay in place on the betting layout with the next spin of the wheel determining whether it is a winning or losing bet.
These additional rules help reduce the house edge so where ever possible you should look for and play at online casinos that offer this kind of rule.
Roulette Bonuses and Comps As you have come to expect the game of roulette when played online will offer you the ability to earn comps on each real money wager you make, and this can return for the bigger player especially quite a tidy sum over time. One word of caution though once you join an online casino some sites make you join separately their comp or loyalty program, so make sure that you are a member before you start to play for real money or you will be missing out on this free money.
Bonuses should be treated carefully as some online casinos will allow you to play roulette with a new player or money match bonus and some outlaw it.
Check the terms and conditions in great detail as if you use a bonus on roulette and the casino classifies roulette as a disallowed game you will forfeit your winnings and the casino will void all action. Just to confuse you even more in regard to bonuses, all casinos will make you play through your bonus and/or deposit amount a certain number of times before you can make a cash out and they will increase the number of times you have to play through this amount if you are playing roulette, so check and read the terms and conditions thoroughly until you are 100% sure you can play this game.Progressive Roulette
You can now play roulette online as a progressive jackpot game, and this has proved to be a very popular version of roulette and one that players love, thanks to the fact that you can win a life changing amount of money totally at random! We will now take a closer look at Microgamings Roulette Royale game that can be found in the gaming suite of any casino powered by this industry leader.
The game works just like a standard game of European single zero roulette but you are obligated to place a 1 chip wager on the jackpot side bet and it is this wager that gives you the potential to win the progressive jackpot or several other bonus amounts.
The progressive element is simple to understand and you will win the jackpot should any number appear five times in a row. The jackpot amount based on this fact can grow to some massive amounts but it can and is hit fairly regularly. You can also win a bonus cash amount should a number be spun in twice, three times or four times in a row. A number appearing twice in a row will get you $15. Three times in a row and you will win $200 and four times in a row will win $5000.
Random numbers online Roulette
Online Roulette Random or Not?
The first thing you need to realize when you are playing roulette online is that you are going to be able to play a huge number of games in a shorter period of time that you would by playing in a bricks and mortar casino. In land-based venues there is the usual hustle and bustle with the Croupier having to pay winning bets and clear losing ones, and with the software doing this in seconds as opposed to minutes then you will get to play much more games per hour.
By playing more games you will at times notice bigger streaks of numbers, both winning and losing and you shouldn't become too concerned at this as it is to be expected.
Some lesser known online casino software providers have run roulette games that play like slot machines, and this means the game is set to payback a certain payout percentage instead of being totally random. Some have even rigged their roulette games to be unbeatable, and by doing so have ensured no matter what numbers you back they won't hit!
The leading software providers however provide a 100% honest and fair game, and to give players total assurance of this they subscribe to a third party auditing firm who will each month or each year analyze the gaming data to ensure that every number generated and is indeed random. The results of these audits can be found on the online casinos website, so make sure you keep your eyes out for them to make sure you are getting beyond any doubt a fair game of roulette.
Play Roulette Online
If you are looking to play roulette online for fun and at no risk to your own personal funds, or maybe you are looking to try out a roulette wagering system then all online casinos will allow you to play for free once you have downloaded their software. You are under no obligation to play for real money and the random number generators used in the free play games are in most cases exactly the same as the real money mode.
Some sites also offer a flash powered no download version, this is played from with-in a web browser and is instantly available with nothing to download. Should however you be looking for a bigger and better variety of roulette games, with crisp clear graphics and easy to use controls then we highly recommend you utilize a download package as they simply cannot be beaten.
We hope this guide to roulette has been of interest and we wish you the very best of luck in all your roulette gaming sessions whether they be online or at a land-based venue. Take your time when playing and don't forget to claim your roulette comps at whichever site you choose to play at, you will be surprised at how quickly they add up