# Beginner’s Guide to Roulette

Have you popped into our roulette lobby? Have you been a bit overwhelmed by the wheel, the table and all the numbers? Well don’t fear, as we’re here with our handy guide on how to play roulette. If you think you’re up for a spin at the wheel, we recommend reading the below information carefully, so you’ll understand the rules and the bets before you play.

## Where Does Roulette Come From?

Some 300 years ago, a Frenchman named Blaise Pascal was obsessing over the idea of building a “perpetual motion machine”, which is basically an invention that would go on working forever, without ever exhausting its supply of energy. Pascal didn’t achieve his goal, but thanks to his studies and designs, he created the basis of what would eventually be called the “little wheel”, more commonly known as Roulette.

## A Quick Tour Of The Roulette Table

On a European roulette table there are 37 pockets on the wheel, numbered 0 to 36. The 0 is green, with odd numbers red and even black (for numbers 1 to 10 and 19 to 28) and vice versa for 11 to 18 and 29 to 36. The American version of the game is similar except it has a 0 and 00, both green, giving it 38 pockets. On the outside of every wheel is the ball track.

The other important component of the roulette table is the number grid, which lists all the possible outcomes of a spin. You place your chips on any single outcome, or combination of outcomes, which determines the odds you’re playing against and the potential payout.

## How To Play Your First Game

It’s so easy to get started playing roulette. Find out what the table’s minimum bet is, then place your desired wager on the table and click the SPIN button to start the game.

On a European wheel, you can put your chips on one single number with odds of 37:1, but if you want better chances of winning, then you can up your odds to 17:1 by putting your chips between two numbers; 8:1 by putting your chips in the corner between four numbers; up further by placing bets on 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36, or an any of the three columns.

If you want the best odds then you can go to 2:1 by betting on evens or odds, red or black, 1 to 18 or 19 to 36. Obviously, this doesn’t take in the chance of the ball landing on 0.

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## Learn Roulette Terminology And Sound Like A Pro

● Column Bet – a 12-number bet where you bet on the entire column.

● Corner Bet – where you bet on four numbers with one chip.

● Even Money Bet – putting your money where your chance of winning is 50-50 – like odds/evens.

● High Bet – placing your money on the even money bet 19 to 36.

● Inside Bet – betting your money on the number grid as opposed to the ‘outside options’.

● Low Bet – placing your money on an even money bet of 1 to 18.

● Outside Bet – placing your bet on the outside options with higher odds of winning.

● Split Bet – betting on two numbers at once.

● Straight Up – betting on a single number.

## Playing On French, European And American Roulette

The main difference between American roulette and European or French roulette is the addition of the double-zero “00” pocket on the table. The addition of this pocket changes the odds of the ball landing on a particular number, which has a corresponding effect on the potential winnings.

French roulette is similar to European roulette; however, the wheel looks slightly different to the European one since it’s built according to the traditional design. The crucial difference between them is the use of “La Partage”, a special rule that lets you place your money on an even number and get your original stake back if the ball lands on 0.