Beginners Guide To Playing Roulette

Roulette remains one of the best games for every person at any skill level in the casino. No high buy ins, no massive skill gap, easy to understand and even easier to play.

To get to grips with proper table games in a physical casino, or online, there is no better game than roulette for the newcomer.

The Table

The centre of the roulette table is always the wheel. Whether it’s an actual wheel in a physical casino or an RNG wheel online, the wheel is the centre point of the game and a huge point of contention amongst those looking for an advantage.

A typical French roulette wheel will contain numbers from 0 to 36 in either green, blue, or red, different numbers will receive their own colours. It is not important to remember the colours of numbers, as the betting surface will have all the numbers in the appropriate colours to bet on.

The Betting Surface

The betting surface in roulette is self-explanatory, offering a range of numbers or outside bets to bet on. The betting system is straight forward. When allowed, just place your chips on the number or outside bet of your choice. Different bets will supply different odds, so be sure to know the bets available well.

Available Bets

Learning the bets available to you will go a long way in improving your roulette game. For beginners, it’s recommended to stay within the outside bets, preferably the even money bets. Below are the outside bets to know to make the best of your gaming experience.

Outside Bets

  • Back/Red – The black and red bets are the most frequently used bets at a casino table, and for good reason too. These bets are a simple wager on the ball landing on a black number or red number. Red and black are often referred to as 50/50 or even money bets, but this isn’t true. With the addition of the green or zero position, the odds are 48.6%, this is where the house retains its edge.
  • Even/Odd – Even and odd bets are placing a wager on whether the outcome number will be even or odd. This is also considered a 50/50 bet but like the red and black, even and odd do not include the zero.
  • High/Low – A wager placed on a half of the betting range. The ranges will be 1-18 or 19-36.
  • Columns – the column bets are a one third bet, having you bet on one of 3 standing columns of numbers. The payout of this bet is 2 to 1 or double your initial bet, still excluding the zero.
  • Dozens – Similar to columns, only in sequence. Here you bet on the first, second or third set of dozen numbers.

The inside bets are nearly as simple as the outside bets. While posing a great potential win, they do carry a lot of additional risk.

Money Management

The most important part of your time in any casino, whether land-based or online like will be money management. Learn to manage your bets wisely to make the most of your money.