The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world, found in land-based casinos and online. Its popularity stems from its pure reliance on luck and simplicity of play, allowing players to wager on various sections of the table or a specific number, whether it be odd or even, low (1-18) or high (19-36). The game’s rules and layout have evolved over time and different variations of the game can be played in different casinos around the world.

The history of Roullete began with a simple wheel and betting table. Initially, it was played in gambling dens and other makeshift games across Europe using a double-zero wheel. The popularity of this version grew quickly, until it was banned by the French government due to rampant cheating. In 1843, the brothers Louis and Francois Blanc introduced a new roulette wheel with a single zero pocket which dramatically decreased the house edge and increased its popularity. The game spread expeditiously to the United States and became a worldwide casino classic.

Today’s roulette wheel is a solid wooden disk, slightly convex with thirty-six metal compartments or pockets, painted alternately red and black, and numbered one to 36. A 38th compartment, referred to as the ’separator’ or ’frets’ by croupiers is green and carries the symbol 0; on American wheels, there are two more green compartments labelled as 00.

There are many different systems used to improve the odds of winning at roulette, some more successful than others. Some of the most common include the Martingale System, which involves making even chip bets and doubling your stake after each loss. Another is the Labouchere System, which uses a chart to calculate your target amount and adjusts your stake amounts accordingly.