Winning at Roulette

Roulette began in France in the 17th century. It is now one of the most popular European casino games. The Monte Carlo casino in Monaco is one of the most well known casinos for Roulette play.

Normally up to eight players at a time play against the house, represented by the croupier or dealer, who spins the roulette wheel and handles the wagers and payouts. In European roulette the wheel has 37 slots representing 36 numbers and one zero. In the American version the wheel has s zero and a double-zero, and therefore 38 slots.

rouletteTo play roulette, place your bet or bets on your favorite numbers (any number including the zero(s)) in the table layout, or bet on a series of numbers, on red or black, on odd or even, or on high or low numbers. When everybody at the table has placed her bets, the croupier starts the spin and launches the ball. A few moments before the ball drops over the slots, the croupier says ‘no more bets’. From that moment no one is allowed to place or change their bets, until the next betting round.

On European Roulette the house advantage is 2.7%. On American Roulette it is 5.26% (7.9% on the five-number bet, 0-00-1-2-3). The house advantage is gained by paying the winners a chip or two (or a proportion of it) less than what it should have been if there was no advantage.

Some casinos offer the rule, which is applied to even-money bets only. In such cases, when the outcome is zero, the player receives a refund of either half of her bet, or the bet is left (en prison = in prison) for another spin. In the second case, if the following spin again results in zero, then the whole bet is lost. Other casinos offer the “la partage” rule. The la partage rule is similar to the en prison rule, except that the player loses half the bet and does not have the option of leaving the bet “en prison” for another spin. Both the La Partage and the En Prison roulette rules essentially cut the casino edge on the ‘even-money bets’ in half. So a bet on Red on a single-zero roulette table with the la partage rule or the en prison rule has a 1.35% house edge and the same rule applied on a double-zero roulette table has a house edge of 2.63%.

  • A bet on a single number, also called a straight-up bet, pays 35 to 1.
  • A two-number bet, also called a split bet, pays 17 to 1.
  • A three-number bet, also called a street bet, pays 11 to 1.
  • A four-number bet, also called a corner bet, pays 8 to 1.
  • A six-number bet pays 5 to 1.
  • A bet on the outside dozen or column pays 2 to 1.
  • A bet on the outside even money bets pays 1 to 1.

There is nothing you can do to influence the outcome at roulette. Therefore, rather than try to influence or predict the outcome, a good money management strategy would be to ride on the outcome and vary the intensity of betting appropriately; more as you win, less as you lose.

Make your betting selections or establish a pattern of play that you enjoy and are comfortable with and stick to it. You will win more frequently if you give preference to higher-odds bets, but don’t plan on winning every spin of the wheel. Play to win and strive to quit a winner. Don’t play to WIN THE SPIN.