How to play roulette

31 Jul 20
How to play roulette
There’s nothing quite like a spin at the roulette wheel to make you feel like you’re living the casino high life. It’s the ultimate surrender to the gods of chance, with fortune and riches just a bounce of a tiny ball away. Roulette is a game steeped in glamour, and little can equal the thrill of seeing the ball come to rest on your number. If you’re looking for the fullest excitement a casino can offer, it’s probably at the roulette wheel.

Can this same excitement carry over to online roulette? Detractors may naysay the online version of the game, but fans of the online casino experience are all too happy to take a chance, one on one, with lady luck’s whirling whimsy.

A little bit about the game

Roulette means little wheel in French. The modern form of roulette that is played in casinos around the world has existed since the late 1700s, starting as a hybrid between the Italian game Biribi and an early 1700s gaming wheel, and spreading rapidly throughout Europe and North America.

How to play roulette

Table roulette is deceptively simple. Once at the table, you choose how you want to place your bet. The table is laid out with numbers 1 to 36 on a 3 x 12 grid, and topped with the number 0. The American version also has a 00. Each number, except 0, appears in a red or black square, with colours alternating.

Along the sides of the grid, there are various betting options, known as outside bets, that include betting on the ball landing: on either a red or black square; on a low (1-18) or high (19-36) number; or on an odd or even number.

You place your bet. After a few moments, the croupier spins the wheel, releases the ball and announces ‘no more bets’. The game ends when the ball comes to rest in one of the numbered slots on the wheel and players who have placed winning bets receive their winnings.

Some gamblers believe you can calculate where the ball will land once it has been released, and they will wait until the last possible second to place their bet. Others believe it’s pure chance and will choose their bet before the wheel starts turning. What do we think? Well, we believe you should decide for yourself. A game like roulette is about the thrill and excitement, so play it however you have the most fun!

You win if the ball lands on your spot. If you have chosen a single number, and are lucky enough to be right (rare), your winnings pay out at 35 to 1; you can also split bets in various ways for higher chances of winning but lower payouts. On an outside bet, colours, odds and evens, and high or low bets pay out at 1 to 1, while columns or dozens pay out at 2 to 1. 0 and 00 are the house numbers; while you may bet on them and win, any other bets on the table lose if the ball lands in one of these.

Playing online

For some land-based casino roulette fanatics, the translation to a video or live version can be daunting. Will it live up to the excitement of the game inside a bricks and mortar casino? We’ll put our money on hell yes. Online roulette brings enough of a thrill that you might as well be in a land-based casino.

Roulette is one of our most popular games at PlayLive, which is why we’ve made sure our casino is packed with a plethora of little wheels – both video and live – to keep you buzzing. Betsoft’s Common Draw and VIP American, Roulette by Pragmatic Play, English Roulette and French Roulette La Partage from Play’n Go, and Wazdan’s Casino Roulette are just half a dozen of the video roulette games available at PlayLive. On the live side, Evolution Gaming steps up with Roulette Lobby, which brings you Benelux Slingshot, Lightning, Speed and Bombay Club Speed among many. If you’re looking for the feel and action of live roulette, of playing alongside others whose wins and losses are as thrilling as your own, you’ll find everything you need and more in Evolution Gaming’s Roulette Lobby at PlayLive.

Tips and strategies for playing online roulette

Playing roulette online has its quirks. This is especially true when the wheel is controlled by an in-system algorithm. How does a live dealer differ from video roulette?

Many physical roulette tables have their own peculiarities, which can lead to a table being ‘biased’. A biased table can help the savvy player on to victory, if they pay close attention. Some believe that individual croupiers know how to put their own spin on the ball to favour certain outcomes, and that, again, by paying close attention, you can learn their patterns.

In video roulette, there is no physical wheel, nor is there a person releasing the ball. Instead, all the action is controlled by an algorithm. That means no table bias, and no croupier bias. Of course, you should check that your wheel of choice is driven by a random number generator.

Play online roulette at PlayLive today

There’s little to beat the thrill of placing your bets at the table, hearing that ball start to whirr, and waiting for it to settle your fate as it settles on a number – where will it stop? And where will your luck take you? Take a spin today and find out.
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