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What is roulette?

Roulette is a popular casino game and a long standing component of gambling.

Roulette consists of a spinning wooden roulette wheel, which is divided into thirty-seven (European version) or thirty-eight (American version) sections. Each section is labeled with a number ranging from zero to thirty-six, with an additional double-zero slot on American versions. The sections of the wheel numbered zero and double zero are colored green, and other sections are colored either red or black.

When the game is played, the wheel is spun, and a ball is rolled around the wheel in the opposite direction of its spin. The ball rolls around the wheel until it stops, and then comes to rest on one of the numbered sections. Before the wheel is spun, gamblers place bets on where the ball will stop by placing chips on a betting mat, and they win if the ball lands where they predict, or lose if it doesn’t.

The History of Roulette

Did you know that the origins of roulette can be traced to ancient wheel spinning games played in China and Rome? But roulette as we know it most likely began during the 17th century, when French scientist Blaise Pascal invented the roulette wheel as a byproduct of his search for perpetual motion. Crazy, right?

Over the next 200 years the new game quickly spread and its popularity increased. The game of Roulette finally began to take shape when the French brothers Louis and Francois Blanc added the zero to the roulette wheel so that casinos offering the game could profit from it, and in the hands of popular casinos, roulette garnered more exposure and popularity. Eventually, roulette became the flagship product of one of Monte Carlo’s first casinos in the late nineteenth century, where the game’s place as a symbol of gambling was permanently established. Today, roulette is still one of the most popular gambling games in the world!

What are the rules?

The exact rules of Roulette depend on whether you’re playing online Roulette or physical roulette (in a casino) and rules also vary slightly between European and American roulette. These are the standard rules:

  • All bets are made before, between, or during spins.
  • The exact location of the chips on the betting mat indicate the bet.
  • The location of the chips can be changed while the wheel is spinning, but not after the wheel has stopped.
  • The payout on a bet is proportional to the odds of success; the better the chances – an evens/odds bet or a black/red bet, for example – the lower the payoff.
  • When the ball lands on green (zero/double zero) all bets are claimed by the house except for bets placed on those numbers.

Types of Bets and Odds

There are a variety of different bets that you can place. The names vary a bit between European and American Roulette, but the bets themselves are the same. The name on the left is the American name, and on the right is the European name:

  • Red/Rouge Red slots Evens
  • Black/Noir Black slots Evens
  • Even/Pair Even-numbered slots Evens
  • Odd/Impair Odd-numbered slots Evens
  • Low Bet/Manque Slots 1-18 Evens
  • High Bet/Passe Slots 19-36 Evens
  • First Dozen/Premiere Douzaine Slots 1-12 2 to 1
  • Middle Dozen/Moyenne Douzaine Slots 13-24 2 to 1
  • Last Dozen/Dernier Douzaine Slots 25-36 2 to 1
  • Column Bet/Colonne 12 number column 2 to 1
  • Line Bet/Sixain Row of six numbers 5 to 1
  • Corner Bet/Carre Square of four numbers 8 to 1
  • Street Bet/Carre Simple Row of three numbers 11 to 1
  • Split Bet/En Chaval Pair of numbers 17 to 1
  • Straight Up/En Plein Single number 35 to 1

Bets placed on twelve numbers or more are called outside bets; bets placed on six numbers or less are called inside bets.

Betting Strategies

Roulette is an old game, and during its existence numerous people have devised systems to help them gamble successfully. Some of these strategies include:

1. The Martindale Strategy:

This strategy is meant for outside even bets. When you lose a bet, simply double the amount placed on your next bet. Theoretically, if you keep doing this, you will eventually place a winning bet that will recoup your losses, at which point you return to betting the same amount of money that did on your initial bet. Genius, right? The problem with this strategy is that you may not regain all of the money that you’ve spent before running out of money altogether.

2. The D’Alembert Strategy:

Like the Martindale strategy, this system also involves scaling the amount of money placed on a bet based on previous wins or losses, but the variation of the amount bet per spin is much smaller. With this strategy, simply raise your bet by one with each win, or lower it by one with each loss. You can also invert this process and subtract one per win or add one per loss.

3. The Andre Martinez Strategy:

This strategy simply states that you should bet on the same number thirty-five times because there is a 1/35 chance of winning with each spin. This system can generate large winnings when it is successful, but obviously, this strategy can quickly lead to heavy financial losses.

Remember, Roulette is entirely a game of chance. There is no way to predict where the ball will stop, and thus there are no betting strategies that will ensure victory.