The best part of playing roulette is that there is no skill or strategy involved. Of course there are those players who believe in certain betting strategies (like Martingale), but as far as outcomes are concerned – it’s anybody’s guess. Lady Luck alone is responsible for the outcomes, and that pleases players immensely. Depending on which particular variant you play, there are between 37 and 38 numbers. American roulette games contain the 00, in addition to the 0, and 1 through 36. French roulette and European roulette games, by contrast, sport 37 numbers in total. The beauty of the game is that you don’t need to compete against other players to win – it’s you versus the house.
How to Win at Games of Roulette
If players had to guess the exact number in order to mint it in roulette, it would be a really dull day for most players, most of the time. However, there are myriad betting options in roulette. These include the likes of 2 to 1 bets, 4 corners, black or red, odds or evens, columns and many more. These bets dramatically increase the chances of players winning, to almost 50% (red or black/odds and evens). Note that the 0 or the 00 make the odds less than 50%. It’s much of a muchness however and players have many ways to hit their straps. The biggest payouts however are on the individual number bets. Players should adopt a longer-term strategy to roulette gaming; encompassing combination bets, odds/evens, red/black or columns etcetera over several spins of the wheel.
Straight Bets – These are the highest-paying bets with payouts on single numbers at odds of 35:1
Split Bets – These bets are placed on 2 adjacent numbers. If the ball lands on either of these numbers, the payout is 17:1.
Street Bets - These are bets on 3 numbers in a horizontal line with an attendant payout of 11:1
Corner Bets – These are placed on 4 numbers with a payout of 8:1
Line Bets - These bets are placed on 6 numbers in 2 adjacent rows at a payout rate of 5:1
Columns – These bets are placed on the 12 numbers in any of the 3 columns on the table and the payout is 2:1. The numbers are not sequential in Column Bets.
Red or Black Bets – These are placed on the colour of the number. They pay even money.
Odd or Even Bets – These bets are placed on the winning number being either odd or even. They pay even-money too.
Low or High Bets – These bets are plenty popular among roulette fans. Low bets are numbers 1 – 18, while High bets are numbers 19 – 36. They also pay even money.
Dozens – These are bets made on sets of 12. The 1st Dozen are numbers 1- 12, the second dozen is 13- 24 and the third dozen is 25 – 36. They are also known by the following terminology: P12 (Premier 12), M12 (Milieu 12), and D12 (Derniere 12).These bets pay 2:1.
The best way to orient oneself with roulette bets, is at the online roulette table. The roulette betting felt comprises a grid of 3 x columns with 12 x rows. There are multiple areas to place betting chips so that players can quickly and easily make their preferred selections.