How to Win at Roulette


Roulette is the casino game of choice for many players, offering glamour and mystery along with high rewards. While it is a game of chance, there are certain strategies that can improve the player’s odds. Before you get started playing the game, it’s important to understand how the wheel and betting table works. Then you can begin betting with confidence and know when to walk away.

A roulette wheel consists of a solid disk slightly convex in shape, with a number of divisions around the edge. The compartments are painted alternately red and black and are numbered from 1 to 36. There is also a green compartment, numbered 0 on European wheels and two green compartments, numbered 0 and 00 on American wheels. The wheel spins with a smoothness that is almost frictionless. Before each spin, people place bets on what number they think will win by placing chips on a special betting mat with the precise placement of the chips telling the dealer which bet is being made. The bets placed on six numbers or less are called Inside bets, while those on 12 or more are known as Outside bets.

The earliest mention of the game dates back to the 17th century, when French mathematician Blaise Pascal is credited with inventing the game. In its current form, the game has been in use since about 1790 and is now one of the most popular games in casinos and gambling houses.

When a player bets correctly on a number or type of number, the dealer places a marker on the winning chips and removes them from the table. Losing bets are then removed and winners paid. In order to play the game successfully, a player should set a budget before entering a casino and stick to it. It is a good idea to start by wagering on “outside bets” as these are generally cheaper and have a higher likelihood of hitting.

When you want to make a bet, place your chip on the appropriate area of the roulette table map and tell the dealer you wish to have “colour”. You will then receive coloured roulette chips equal in value to the amount you have given the dealer. You can always add or withdraw these chips as you wish, but they must remain on the table for each round.