Everything you want to know about roulette: from placing bets to the size of each winning.
If you’ve ever thought about playing roulette, you’re in the right place. Betsafe has prepared a detailed overview of this fascinating game for you. We will tell you in detail about the rules, advantages, and disadvantages of different types of bets and the most common mistakes that can be easily avoided.
Rules of the roulette game
Roulette is a very simple game. It is a casino symbol and has a distinctive appearance. There are several main varieties of roulette, but the most famous are European and American roulette. The European roulette wheel is divided into 37 sectors: 18 of them are red, 18 are black, and the sector “zero” (usually green). American roulette has one more sector: “double-zero”, marked on the wheel as 00.
When the ball hits a specific cell, the dealer announces the result and pays the winnings. Bets can be placed on a number, a combination of numbers or on the color of a cell. If the ball stops in the zero or double zero sectors, all bets will be settled in favor of the casino (except those sectors, of course).
The less likely it is to win, the bigger the reward you can get. If you place a bet on one specific number – the payout will be 35 times higher than the bet. If you bet on “red” or “black”, the probability of winning will be just under 50% with a ratio of payout 1 to 1.
Rates and Payouts at Roulette
Let’s take a closer look at this item. So, bets made at roulette can be divided into two categories: internal bets, which bring high payouts but have a low probability of falling out, and external bets with low payouts but a high chance of a positive result.
We’ll start with internal bets. The most obvious is a bet on one number, say 20. If you bet 10 € on it, you will lose your money if any other sector than 20 falls out. However, if the ball stops in this particular sector, you will get your bet back and a win of 350 €. This is called a direct bet or a single bet.
You can also bet on two numbers located next to each other on the playing field. For example 16 and 17, 16 and 13 or 16 and 19. As you can see, only the numbers 16 and 17 are adjacent, both mathematically and on the field of play. 16 is placed below 13 and above number 19. You can place your chips on the border between two numbers. This bet is also known as a “split” and its payout ratio is 17 to 1.
In a similar way, you can place a “straight” bet on three numbers in a selected horizontal line, or a “corner” where the chips are placed in a common point of contact for four numbers. Such bets bring payments 11 to 1 and 8 to 1 respectively. You can bet on two lines with six numbers at once and a 5 to 1 odds (“double street” or “skyline”). In European Roulette, there are also “trio” bets available on the numbers 0-1-2 or 0-2-3 with a possible win of 11 to 1 and a bet on the first four numbers 0-1-2-3 with an odds of 8 to 1.
On the other hand, you can always take advantage of safer external bets, which have a much higher probability of winning. Bet on one of the three “dozen” (1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36) or vertical “columns”. (also consisting of 12 numbers). The probability of dropping out of one of the 12 numbers is 1 to 3, and the amount of payment is 1 to 2. For example, if you bet 10 € on a “dozen” from 13 to 24 and the ball stops at 20, your winnings will be 20 €.
Other outside bets have a 50% chance of success. These include bets on red or black, on even or odd, on small (1 to 18) or big (19 to 36) numbers. Thus, your successful bet of 10 €, for example on “red” is refunded plus you win 10 €.
Which bets are better: external or internal?
No matter what some players say, roulette cannot be a universal winning strategy. There is no and there can be no predictable possibility that one number will fall out more than the others. You either get lucky or you don’t.
If your bankroll is limited, it’s preferable to make external bets. Then you’ve got almost 50% to win, and the idea is you should stay about the same level. But don’t forget, it’s just statistics. You can get lucky, or you’ll get a black streak. That’s what gambling is all about.
If you are stubborn enough and confident enough, you can try to choose one number and bet all the time just on him. You’ll probably lose quite a lot first. But if your number falls out before 36 spins are played, you can count on a good win. But you have to be aware that there’s no guarantee that your number will fall out at all. So you have to be morally prepared to say goodbye to your bankroll. On the other hand, there’s not much like winning in a direct bet!
In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you’re betting externally or internally. There is no strategy here. Enjoy the game, and the rest depends only on your luck.
Is it possible that some numbers appear more often?
Let’s go over this one more time. Many inexperienced players often make a big mistake thinking that there should be a certain pattern in roulette. Yes, in terms of statistics, the ball should stop, for example, at number 20 once for 37 spins. But in reality, in a short period of time, it may or may not fall out at all. Averages make sense only for a considerable period of time, consisting of thousands or even millions of wheel spins.
Despite this, many players continue to believe that some numbers “must” appear sooner or later. For example, if a “black” falls out several times in a row, we instinctively start to think that the “red” should exactly fall out on the next back and bet on it. In fact, each new back is completely independent of the previous one and its result is absolutely unpredictable.
You’re making a big mistake if you keep thinking that some numbers should fall out just because they were gone a long time ago. Don’t try to find logic in a random sequence. The story is well known when in one of the Monte Carlo casinos the player lost a huge amount of money, continuing to bet on “black”, while “red” fell out 26 times in a row! The poor guy was also mistaken in believing that one color was about to be replaced by another.
Thus, roulette can not boast a variety of strategies or tactics of the game. Use your money wisely, don’t bet more than you’re ready to lose, and don’t fool yourself with the idea that previous results affect the future. Just relax and enjoy the beautiful game!