Roulette is a game that’s been popular with casino-goers since the 17th century, offering glamour, mystery and high rewards for players. While it may seem complicated at first glance, the game’s rules are actually quite simple and understanding them can be a breeze.
The game has two key parts: a wheel and a betting area. The wheel contains 37 or 38 slots, numbered from 1 to 36 (and a single zero in Europe and double zero in America). A small ball is spun around the outside of the wheel, landing in one of the pockets. If the player correctly guesses which pocket the ball will land in, they win.
Before the wheel spins, the players place their chips on a betting mat, with specific fields indicating where each type of bet is placed. Players can make multiple bets, but the amount they win is dependent on how many numbers and types of bet they cover. The closer a bet is to the number on the wheel, the higher the payout.
Once the bets have been placed, the dealer spins the wheel and drops the ball into it. The pockets on the wheel are painted red and black, with a single “0” or double “00” (depending on which version of the game is played). When the ball hits a number, it will either stay in that number’s color or change color, and depending on where it lands the bets will win or lose.
The roulette wheel is a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape, with metal partitions around the perimeter called separators or frets. Thirty-six of these compartments, colored alternately red and black, are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. A final compartment, painted green and carrying the sign 0 in European wheels or 00 in American ones, and two additional green compartments are the single-zero and double-zero slots respectively.
After the wheel is spinning, the croupier announces “No more bets, please.” Then, players are not allowed to change or retract their bets until the ball stops moving and the betting period ends. Once this happens, the dealer collects all losing bets and adds them to the casino’s income, and then pays out winning bets. A player who places a bet on the winning number receives up to 35 times their stake, the closest thing to a jackpot in roulette. However, the odds of hitting a number are very slim. In fact, most bets in the game are a losing proposition. Nevertheless, roulette remains an enduringly popular and exciting casino game worldwide.