There are two kinds of roulette played at online casinos: American roulette and European roulette.
There are 38 compartments in an American roulette wheel that are numbered between 1 and 36 (split evenly between red and black) and two special numbers 0 and 00 (which are green).
European Roulette is similar to American roulette with only one difference. Unlike American roulette, in European roulette there is only one zero on the wheel – giving players a better chance of winning because the house advantage is literally cut in half. It is therefore suggested that players play at casinos with European roulette.
How To Play Roulette
To bet on roulette, the player places their chips on the numbers of the wheel betting that the ball will land on those numbers. Sometimes players can place their chips on areas marked as “odd/even” or “red/black” to be a combination of numbers or for other combinations.
After players have placed their bets, the roulette wheel spins. The player who bets on number where the ball lands wins the game. There are various types of bets that a player can make in a game of roulette:
Straight Up: To bet on any single number ranging between 1 and 36 or special numbers (0 and 00) with odds of 35-1.
Split: To bet on two numbers next to each other on the board with odds of 17-1.
Three Way: To bet on any three numbers in a row such as 1, 2 and 3 or on 0, 00 and 2 (available only in American Roulette) with odds of 11-1.
Four Way: To bet on four numbers by placing a chip in the corner of the roulette table covering all four squares with odds of 8-1.
Five Way: Available only in American roulette, five way is to bet on zero, double zero, 1 2 and 3. Gives the house an advantage of 8%, so not recommended.
Six Way: To bet on any two rows of numbers such as 1 to 6 or 10 to 15 etc…with odds of 5-1.
Dozen: To bet on a third of the numbers: 1-12, 12-24 and 25-36 with odds of 3-1.
Column: To bet on a column of 12 numbers with odds of 3-1.
Odd/Even: To bet on the number be odd or even with odds of 2-1.
High/Low: To bet on the number being low (1-18) or high (19-36) with odds of 2-1.
Red/Black: To bet on the number being red/ black with odds of 2-1.
In roulette, after players have decided on their bets, the dealer waves his hand and calls out “no more bets” to signal the close of betting. After one game of roulette is over, player should take his winning money before betting for a new round of game.
Before a game starts, players should remember that the numbers on the wheel and the numbers as they are laid out on the table are independent of each other and don’t have any relation in the layout, placement or style. This prevents ‘wheel strategy’ – based on theory that no wheel, no matter how good, can be totally perfect. The drawback of this strategy is that to find a bias in a roulette wheel can take a lot of time and money! Below is some more information on the most popular roulette systems and strategies to help improve your game:
The Martingale System
This roulette system is considered to be the oldest and best-known strategy that is good for novice gamblers. The main objective of this system is to make an overall profit even if the player has a series of losing bets. The idea of using this system is to provide players with an even chance bet sooner or later.
But there are two problems that make using this roulette system a little risky. Firstly, a big bankroll is needed to place a bet after bet (as you have to double your bet each time until you win). Secondly, you will eventually reach the house limit for a table, and then never win back what you’ve already put in bets.
The Labouchere System
The Labouchere system is also called the Cancellation system because of its method of play. In this system, each number noted by the player represents his betting units. The first and last numbers are added to decide on the betting amount, for example, 1+6=7 units. If you bet and win, you cross these numbers of the series and use the next numbers to bet, and so on.
The D’Alembert System
Considered as the most famous of all roulette systems, the D’Alembert system is also known as the Pyramid system due to its basic wagering structure. The objective of the D’Alembert system is to maintain a balance between wins and losses (even chance bets like black and red). The system works on the assumption that over a given period of time, there will be an equal numbers of wins and losses.
Choose a starting bet (above the house minimum) and an increment. There are two benefits of this system namely: your bets don’t increase as fast as some systems, and if you find your bankroll is positive during the game you can stop the system at any time and accept the win.
The Fibonacci System
This system is based on a series of natural number progression sequences. A player starts with number 1 and proceeds to add the previous two numbers together to provide the next number. Because this starts with 1, a 0 is assumed to be before the first number. The series will look like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, etc. To use this system properly you need to memorize the numbers in the progression system and then practice with something like tossing a coin.