Knowing how to play Roulette is the first rule in making a Roulette bankroll last. Roulette has the most betting combinations out of all the games in the casino. Players can bet on the numbers themselves, 38 on the American wheel and 37 on the European (French) wheel. They can also bet the ball will land on either red or black numbers, odd or even numbers, or make inside and outside wheel bets. Experts advise to bet conservatively in order to stretch the Roulette bankroll. Instead of concentrating on individual or groups of numbers only, players can expand their chances by focusing on the colors, red or black. In some cases, players are advised to take a Martingale approach, meaning the next bet is doubled if a player loses the previous bet. For example, if a player loses the first bet, the player should double the next bet, and eventually, the player should come out ahead.
Know the wheel
The first part of playing Roulette successfully in order to stretch that bankroll is knowing how the Roulette wheel is laid out. Wheels have slight variations like how the numbers are laid out. If the numbers fall from 1 to 10 and then, 19 to 28, then the odd numbers are red, and the even numbers are black. If they fall from 11 to 28 and then, 29 to 36, the colors switch, and the odd numbers are black with red even numbers. Green is always zero and in the American version, there are two green zeroes. Players bet on the Roulette layout, a table covered in felt in front of the wheel (American) that lays the numbers out. In the French version, the wheel is in the center of the table.
Betting the wheel - Inside Bets
The second part of a successful Roulette game is learning how to bet. Inside bets are on one or more specific numbers. Players will use the layout to place their chips on one number. Bets may be split, which means players will bet on two numbers and place their chips on the line between those numbers. The street bet encompasses three numbers, in which players place chips on the edge of the line by those three numbers. A corner bet covers four numbers. A double street bet is for six specific numbers.
Betting the wheel - Outside Bets
Outside bets have a better chance of winning, but the payouts are lower than the inside bets. Players can choose a larger set of numbers. They can bet that the ball will stop on any number from 1 to 18 or 19 to 36. They can also bet the ball will land in a red or black pocket, odd or even numbers, and bet the ball will be in the first set of numbers, which are 1 to 12, the second, 13 to 24, and the third, 25 to 36. This is called a dozen bets. The column bet puts a player’s chips on one of 3 sets of 12 numbers on the layout.
Experts shy away from what is known as the 5-number bet because the house edge is almost 8 percent. In the 5-number bet, players bet the zero and double zero, along with the numbers 1, 2, and 3. If players really want to place the 5-number bet, experts suggest splitting the bet or making a street bet to lower the house edge. Another way to lower the house edge is to call a surrender (American) bet. If a player loses to a zero or double zero on an odd, even or color bet, the player only loses half the bet. Although not available in all casinos, experts say surrender is a roulette strategy. On the European wheel, the player moves to en prison, leaving half of the bet on the layout for the next spin.
Another strategy is the Biased Wheel. Though not as common as they used to be, unbalanced wheels are still around, albeit rare. Unbalanced wheels make the end numbers more predictable. Also more predictable are the dealers themselves. Some dealers will drop the ball the same way every time, making the outcome relatively the same. The dozen bet is used as a strategy as well. Players bet on the same dozen numbers to keep coming up or they bet on the numbers that have come up in the previous 15, 9 or 5 spins. They also bet on numbers that have not come up in the last 7 spins, or more.
While experts recommend certain strategies to win at roulette, all advise players to play conservatively, stay away from greed, and be in control their own bankrolls.