The Basics of Roullete


Roullete (pronounced: row-loot) is a casino game that involves spinning a numbered wheel and betting on the number or grouping of numbers that the ball will land on. The rules are relatively simple, but the game offers a surprising amount of depth for serious bettors. In the right hands, roulette can yield high rewards with a small bankroll.

While there are many fanciful stories about how the game was invented, the reality is that it was probably developed as early as 1716 in France. Its name is derived from the French word for little wheel and it was soon popular in gambling dens across Europe.

The roulette wheel consists of a solid, convex disk with a slightly raised rim. Around the rim are metal partitions, called separators or frets, that form thirty-six compartments, alternately painted black and red. There is also a special compartment, painted green, that carries the sign 0 on American wheels and two green compartments on European ones. The wheel spins on a perfectly balanced pin or rotor.

Each bet is placed on a specific area of the roulette table by placing a chip in that area. The chips are divided into groups referred to as inside and outside bets. An inside bet consists of a single number, a pair of adjacent numbers or three consecutive numbers. Outside bets include a corner, street, or a complete bet on the number and its neighbors.

Once the bets have been placed, the dealer places a marker on the winning number. The losers’ chips are cleared off the table and the winners are paid in accordance with their winnings. The house edge is a small fraction of 1%, making roulette one of the few games where it is possible to achieve a positive return on investment.

To play the game well, players should set a budget for the session and stick to it. It is recommended that they start with a unit based on their available bankroll and add or subtract units depending on their results. It is also a good idea to limit the number of rounds played, especially if they are losing. Some players try to rig the game by seeking out rigged wheels or betting opposite the largest bets, but these strategies do not offer any significant advantage.