One of the most popular casino games in the world is roulette. It is a simple betting game present in almost any casino, either physical real casinos or online ones. The game attracts millions of players every day and offers them a chance to win a generous amount of money.
In this article, we going to learn more about this awesome game and learn how to play online roulette and win every time we place a bet.
What is Roulette Game?
Roulette is a simple gambling game available in every casino. It is played on a table with numbers from 0 to 36 plus some other slots, and a wheel with 37 slots (0 to 36), a rail for the roulette ball to roll on, and some barriers to give the ball some detours and generate true randomness.
The game outcomes are determined by the roulette wheel. The dealer spins the wheel and rolls the roulette ball in the opposite direction of the wheel rotation. When the ball rests in a numbered slot, that number is the outcome and winners can claim their returns that range from 1:1 up to 36:1.
Brief History of Roulette
The roulette game is three-century old. It is believed that Blaise Pascal invented the first forms of today’s roulette game back in the 17th century in France. He was researching perpetual motion machines when he had the idea of combining the mechanism of an old Italian game called Biribi with some novelties he had to create roulette.
Even since the invention of the game, its popularity rose and the game was being played all over Europe. Over time, the game was changed a lot into what we now know as roulette. One substantial change was when the game was introduced to Americans, where they added the double zero slot.
Types of Roulette Tables
Generally, there are two types of roulette games and roulette tables: 1) European Roulette a.k.a. Single-Zero Roulette and 2) American Roulette a.k.a. Double-Zero Roulette.
Although other variations also exist (French Roulette, Mini Roulette, Italian Roulette), European and American roulette is the most popular and is played all over the world in all casinos.
European Roulette (Single-Zero)
The European roulette table has numbers from 0 to 36 plus other “outside” betting options scattered around the numbers.
American Roulette (Double-Zero)
On the other hand, the American roulette table has an extra slot on the table which is the double zero (00). Therefore, the table starts from 0, 00, 1, 2, …, 36.
The differences between American and European roulette are 1) an additional 00 slot, 2) a slightly higher house edge, and 3) one additional inside bet option.
Commission & House Edge
One of the differences between the two types of roulette games is their house edge. While the European roulette house edge is 2.7%, the American roulette house edge is at 5.26% making it almost twice as more as its counterpart.
However, while the house edge is the working mechanism of many physical and real casinos, online casinos usually don’t charge players for playing roulette. Therefore, if you play roulette online, the house edge is 0% which means you receive 100% of your winnings.
How to Bet in Roulette Game?
To start playing roulette, you have to place your bet (one or multiple bets) on the table. Generally, you have 10 to 30 seconds to place your bets. After that, the dealer calls “no more bets”, spins the wheel in one direction, and rolls the roulette ball in the other direction.
The ball rolls on the rail until it loses its momentum, causing it to go down the wheel and rest in one of the numbered slots. It also might hit some barriers along the way. The barriers are small protrusions that make the game outcomes even more random by detouring the ball trajectory.
When the ball rests in a slot, its number is the winner and players will claim their returns according to their bets.
Types of Bets
To place a bet, first, you have to know different types of betting in roulette games and how to place your chips on the table.
The roulette game has two types of bets (Inside Bets & Outside Bets) each having its own type.
The payouts and returns for each of these types are different and it’s important to know them all, especially if you want to place multiple bets in each round.
Inside bets are bets you place on the numbered part of the table. The image above highlighted the inside bet locations on the table.
There are five types of inside bets in roulette plus an additional one for American roulette.
Place bet (a.k.a. direct bet) is placing bets directly on a number. In the example above, we placed two plane bets, one on number 21 and the other on 7.
The payout for a plane bet is 36 to 1 which means for every dollar you bet, you’ll win $36.
A split bet is when you place your chip between two numbers. In this case, we placed one chip between 20 and 21 and one chip between 22 and 25.
The payout for split bets is 17:1 meaning you’ll multiply your initial bet by 18.
Split bets are when you place your bet on one or multiple vertical columns on the table, similar to the image above. Each street bet covers three numbers. In the example, one bet is on 4,5,6, and the other bet is on 25,26,27.
The return for street bets is 11 to 1, meaning you’ll make $11 for every dollar your bet.
A corner bet is betting on four numbers by placing the chip between them. The image above highlights the chip placement for corner bets.
The corner bet payout is 8 to 1.
Line bet is placing the chip between two vertical columns, similar to the example. Each line bet covers 6 numbers. Also, on European tables, you can place a four-number line bet between 0 and 1,2,3.
Standard line bet payout is 5 to 1, and if you place a four-number line bet, it is treated as a corner bet and returns 8 to 1.
Five-Number Bet (American Roulette)
Five-number bet is another difference between American and European roulette. Five-number bet is only possible on the American roulette table. When you place a line bet between the 0/00 column and 1,2,3 column, it is called a five-number bet.
The five-number bet payout on American tables is 6 to 1 and you’ll make 6 dollars for each dollar you wagered.
Outside bets are bets you place on the side of the table, the section that surrounds the number. On the side of the roulette table, there are some designated slots where you can place your chips. These slots cover many numbers at the same time.
In fact, the difference between inside and outside bets is the coverage. While the highest coverage of a single inside bet is 6 numbers, outside bets start from 12 numbers for one single bet.
There are five types of outside bets which we’re going to cover here.
Note: Zero and Double-Zero are excluded from all outside bets.
A column bet is a bet you place on one or multiple horizontal rows of the table, covering 12 numbers in the row. In the example above, the highlighted numbers (3,6,9,12,…,33,36) are wagered in a column bet.
The return prize for winning a column bet is 2 to 1 meaning you’ll win 2 dollars for each dollar you wager.
A dozen bet is a bet you place on 12 sequential numbers on the roulette table. The first section is 1 to 12, the second section is 13 to 24, and the last section is 25 to 36.
The payout of the dozen bet is similar to the column bet (2:1) since both are covering 12 numbers.
High/Low bets or First Half and Second Half bets are placed on the corresponding numbers of the first and second-half of the table. They are 1 to 18 in the first half and 19 to 36 in the second half.
The payout is 1 to 1 meaning you’ll double what you initially wagered.
Even/Odd bets are placing a bet on all odd or even numbers on the table. from 1 to 36, half are odd and half are even so it’s somehow similar to the high/low bets.
The payout is also similar to the previous type of bet, which is 1 to 1.
And the last type of outside bet on the roulette table is called Red/Black bets for color bets. Similar to the previous two types, half of the numbers on the table are red and the other half is black and you can place a single bet to cover a specific color.
The payout is also similar at 1:1 which means you’ll double your initial bet if won.
Strategies to Win Roulette
The roulette game is a game of luck, but if you use certain strategies, you can bend the luck to your benefit.
What comes next are a number of the most popular strategies professionals use to win roulette games easily.
Game Outcomes History
One of the tools that online roulette tables have is the game outcome history and a circular bar chart similar to the example below. This chart shows the numbers that came the most (hot numbers) as well as the ones that are less likely to come (cold numbers).
Based on these data, you can choose to bet on a hot number or place a bet that includes one or multiple of those numbers. For example, the image above shows that 9, 19, and 18 are hot. All of them are red so a bet on red numbers is likely to win you money.
Also, 9,19, and 31 are odd numbers that increase your chance of winning if you place a bet on odd numbers.
The risk with this strategy is moderate and the reward can range from 1:1 (color or even/odd bets) to 36:1 (plane bets).
Martingale is an old betting system that is popular for many casino games. It is a system that is used specifically for games with 1 to 1 payouts.
With martingale, you can place a bet in multiple rounds and make a profit, and even if you lose a few rounds, you can easily make up the loss easily.
To use the martingale for roulette, first choose one of the outside bets with a 1:1 payout (high/low, red/black, odd/even) and stick to it till the end.
Then, determine an initial bet amount, like $10. Next, place a bet and wait for the result. If you won the round, keep playing with the initial amount and place bets.
If you lost a round, double the amount ($20) for the next one. Keep doubling until you win again.
What happens here is even after losing a number of rounds, if you doubled, the round you win, your profits not only makeup all the losses, but brings an extra $10 as net profit.
After winning, go back to the initial amount and bet again and repeat the process. Just remember to leave the table when the last round you wagered was a win.
Martingale system is a low-risk moderate-reward strategy in roulette and is one of the best ways to win a lot of money over time playing roulette.
Here’s an example of betting with the martingale system:
- $10 (win)
- $10 (win)
- $10 (lose)
- $20 (lose)
- $40 (win)
- $10 (win)
- $10 (lose)
- $20 (win)
- $10 (win)
In this example, the total profit after playing 9 rounds is $60.
Fibonacci Sequence Betting
The Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers that has a lot of purposes in mathematics. This simple sequence also has a huge impact on the gambling world and is a great strategy for casino games where the payout is 2:1 similar to dozen bets and column bets in roulette.
The sequence is 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,… and each number is generated from the sum of the previous two. So 8, for example, is the sum of 3 and 5.
The sequence has a lot of benefits in roulette games as a winning strategy. To use Fibonacci in this game, choose one bet with 2:1 payout (dozen or column bets) and stick to it till the end.
Then, create your sequence with your initial bet. In this case, the initial bet is $10 so the sequence is 10,20,30,50,80,… Also, ignore the first number in sequence because the first two are the same.
Now place the bet and wait for the results. if you won, place another bet without changing the initial bet, but if you lost, go one number up on the sequence and place a bet. Keep going up until the round where you win. Then, go back to the initial bet (first number) and play again.
This strategy is similar to martingale. The difference is the sequence was replaced instead of doubling the bet.
By using the Fibonacci sequence system in roulette, you can make a lot of profit as well as make up your potential losses. Just remember to leave the table when the last bet you placed was won, similar to playing with the martingale system.
The Fibonacci sequence betting system is a moderate-risk high-reward strategy and is used by professionals to win thousands and millions of dollars in online and real casinos.
Online Roulette with Live Dealers
Now that you learned the roulette game and its types of bets, it’s time to start placing your bets on online casino roulette tables.
There are a lot of options when it comes to playing live roulette.
First, there is classic roulette where the dealer is present, manages the game, interacts with players, and announces the winners.
Them, there is community roulette which is similar to classic but players can chat and exchange ideas about next round.
There is also auto-spin roulette where the game progresses without any dealer. After each round, a small canon shoots the ball in the spinning wheel and a camera reads the winning number, making the game fast and awesome.
The dealer might be present at an auto-spin roulette table, but they are there to interact with players and announce winners.
But after all, online roulette tables always follow the standard rules and payouts expressed in this article, so if you read this article, you are confident to place your bets and use strategies to win live roulette games online or in any casino.
Roulette is an incredible casino game with so much popularity around the world that is unlike any other gambling game. The game is simple to learn. There are a number of rules to learn like types of bets, their payouts, and table commissions. But if you really want to win roulette every time, you have to do what professionals do, which is by using certain strategies mentioned in this article.
If you’ve ever played roulette, let us know about your experience. Also, tell us in the comment section where did you play roulette? A website or a real casino. Share a memory or two of your wins and losses so everyone can use it for their good.
Frequently Asked Questions
This article covered everything about online roulette, but if you still have questions, or looking to find information fast, take a look at FAQs about roulette.
Roulette is a casino game in which you bet and the outcomes come from a ball resting in a spinning wheel.
The main two types of roulette tables are European and American roulette
There are two types of bets in roulette. Inside bets and Outside bets.
Inside bets are placed inside the table. They include plane, split, street, corner, line, and five-number bets.
Outside bets are grouping bets that are placed on the side of the table. They include column, dozen, high/low, even/odd, and red/black bets.
The best strategies to win roulette are paying attention to game data, the martingale system, and the Fibonacci sequence betting system.
European roulette house edge is 2.7% and the American roulette house edge is at 5.26%