Roulette Guide for Beginners

The Roulette table is one of the most recognisable features in a casino, and one of the most popular. Roulette dates all the way back to the 17th century with many historians believing French mathematician Blaise Pascal introduced it.

Roulette means “Little wheel” in French, suggesting to any doubters that the game did originate in France. The European version of the game has one zero, meaning there are 37 possible numbers to land on, whilst the American style of roulette also has a double zero, giving 38 options for the ball to fall onto.

The winning number of each spin is determined by the croupier spinning the wheel in one direction and then spinning the ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the outside of the wheel. Once the ball loses its momentum it lands in an area of deflectors before finally setting into one of the 37 or 38 numbered pockets.

Visit any land-based casino across the globe and you’ll find the roulette table to be one of the most popular attractions. It’s a fun game that offers a wide range of odds that give the opportunity to win big.

The popularity of roulette is also well represented at online casinos. With the development of technology not only can users play the game in the comfort of their own living room but with WiFi access it is available on the go via a smartphone. This means it can be played on public transport, at a park or even whilst waiting for a machine at your local gym! The possibilities are endless.

For new players, they may want to trial a free version of the game to learn the rules and figure out a strategy. After that they may move onto a low stakes version of the game, such as 20p Roulette. Despite the name of the game this version still offers nice payouts and is available at many online casinos, such as:

Players have various choices of bets, from backing a single number or a variety of numbers, groups of numbers, the colour of the number (red or black), high (19-36) or low (1-18), or whether the number is odd or even.

Roulette offers payouts between 1:1 up to 35:1. These payouts are as follows:

High or Low: pays 1:1
Red or Black: pays 1:1
Odd or Even: pays 1:1
Dozen betting (first 12 numbers, etc): pays 2:1
Column betting on 12 numbers: pays 2:1
Six line betting on six numbers: pays 5:1
Corner betting on four numbers: pays 8:1
Street betting on three numbers: pays 11:1
Split betting on two numbers: pays 17:1
Straight up bets on one number: pays 35:1

Payments are made once the croupier has cleared all losing bets. A brief pause allows for new bets to be placed. The croupier will announce “No more bets” shortly after spinning the wheel again. It’s an enjoyable game that can be played at both physical casinos and online, with a group or friends or alone.