There’s something about chance, as typified by Roulette, that people find utterly fascinating. Perhaps it’s the fact that everyone at the table starts on equal terms with each spin of the wheel, or simply the great atmosphere that builds up around every Roulette table when the wheel is spun and the ball finally drops into the winning number.
Roulette is a fast game, so if you’ve never played before, just watch for a while and soak up the atmosphere. Then, when you feel you’re ready, step forward, place your bet and experience at first-hand the magic of Roulette.
How to play roulette
When you first set eyes on the table, and watch people placing their chips, it may seem complicated, but it won’t take you long to pick it up. Here we explain the basis of the game, but there’s no better guide than actually getting over to the table and watching.
Uniquely, Roulette can be played with either “Cash Chips” or “Colour Chips”. Colour chips which have no value printed on them are simply given to distinguish your chips from other players to avoid confusion. Nobody else will be using your colour whilst you are using them.
These colour chips may not be played on another table and the values are normally the minimum of the table, unless you state otherwise. At the commencement of play, simply tell the croupier what you would like. Say to the croupier “Colour Please”. When you finish and want to cash the chips, all you do is tell the croupier “Cash in please”, pointing to your chips. The croupier will take your colour chips, count them in stacks and give you a ticket which you can take to another table or hold onto to win a prize.
When playing Roulette, you may place bets on any number or combination of numbers; on red or black; on odd or even; or even high or low. . The wheel contains 37 numbers – 18 red, 18 black, and ‘0’ (zero), which is coloured green. The croupier spins the wheel in one direction whilst spinning the ball around the ‘bowl’ from the other direction. Where the ball ends up is pure chance, and that’s what makes the game so exciting.
The best way of illustrating the betting system is by way of ‘one chip’ bets, as follows:
A bet on red or black, odd or even, 1 to 18 or 19 to 36, pays even money. Groups of twelve numbers, in sections, or in columns will pay 2 to 1. Any one number including 0 (zero) pays 35-1.
Any one of the six numbers in a group, pays 5-1.
Any one of the four numbers in a group, pays 8-1.
Any one of the three numbers in a group, pays 11-1.
Any one of the two numbers in a group, pays 17-1.
When 0 (zero) is spun all bets loose.
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