How to Play Roulette for Beginners
Various types of gambling have been around for thousands of years, and people have consistently won and lost money through them. One of the most famous casino games of all time is the game of Roulette, which people have played both casually and professionally for hundreds of years. There are, indeed, very few casino games which have had more success over the years than Roulette, which is now ever-present in almost all casinos around the world. But where has the game started? Is it difficult to learn and master? And can you start to play roulette almost immediately? These are just some of the questions we want to answer in today’s article.
The origins of the game can be traced to the year 1655, when a famous mathematician, Blaise Pascal, invented the game “by accident.”
He was actually intending to build a perpetual motion machine (a device that can operate forever without receiving energy from the exterior).
He did consider that building such a machine is impossible but attempted to defy the odds by powering a spinning wheel using a hard rock.
He quickly realized that the wheel would not spin forever – but people around him immediately started guessing where exactly will it stop. Thus, the casino game was born – and the gambling world would never be the same again.
At its basics, Roulette works in the same way in 2017 as well, both in casinos and online. A croupier (or dealer), either physical or virtual, spins a roulette wheel and places a ball on the wheel. Wherever the ball stops, the game ends and winnings are paid out.
The European wheel is composed of 37 slots, which are numbered from 1 to 36, plus the number 0, while the American roulette wheel has two zeroes.
The “0” character is of particular importance because it is considered neither odd nor even, neither black nor red, only representing the “House.”
In the long run, this number is the one which guarantees that the House always wins – and the objective of each player is to beat the House.
To start a game of Roulette, the dealer (or croupier) takes bets from the players and then spins the Roulette wheel. After turning the wheel, he declares “no more bets” at a certain time, after which no wager can be placed, retreated or changed.
When the wheel stops, the ball lands on a certain number, and the game is brought to a close. There are multiple types of bets that can be made, with different payouts, depending on the “rarity” of the bet.
Here are some examples:
A red/black bet(color bet) pays 2 to 1 – you double your wager
An odd/even bet or high/low (numbers 19-36 and 1-18) pay the same odds, 2 to 1
A bet on “thirds” (1-12, 13-24, 25-36) pays 3 to 1
A six-number bet pays 5 to 1
A four-number bet (corner bet) pays 8 to 1
A three-number bet (street bet) pays 11 to 1
A two-number bet (split bet) pays 17 to 1
The famous, one-number bet (straight up) pays 35 to 1. This is the bet that is mostly used in Hollywood movies – the star comes into a casino, places an enormous amount of money on a certain number, and wins from the first spin of the wheel. Of course, this rarely happens in real life.
Roulette is clearly not a tough game to play, but the odds of beating the House are practically non-existent in the long run. The paradox here is that there are millions of people playing Roulette at any given time, both online and offline – are these people missing something?
The answer is both yes and no. On the one hand, some people just gamble for fun. They win some money today, lose more tomorrow, but are in the game for the thrill, not for the profit – they don’t actually follow their wins and losses.
On the other hand, some players dedicate many hours to creating easy or complicated systems, based on math and statistics, which can “beat the House.” Some of these systems are tried-and-true, and others are plain dangerous. Even so, we want to end the article by stating a couple of hints for new Roulette players.
Some of these systems are tried-and-true, and others are plain dangerous. Even so, we want to end the article by stating a couple of hints for new Roulette players.
Hints for new players to play Roulette:
– Find a European wheel. You wouldn’t think that the difference between having one “0” and two “0” is significant, but trust us, it is.
– Never believe that a number or color “will come up next” or “is due.” This means that even though you’ve seen the last 6 numbers all coming red, this doesn’t mean that black “is due” and should appear next – the odds are always 50-50 (in this case).
To continue this example, if you spin a Roulette wheel 200 times, you’d expect each number to appear at least 4 times. In practice, this almost never happens, and you will see a number not appear at all.
– Some Roulette systems rely on exaggerations that only work on paper. Such an example is the Martingale system, which tells you to double your wager any time you lose.
In theory, this will lead you to recover all your losses with a single win and coming up in profit, but in reality, you’ll burst through your bank much before that winning bet
– Never bet what you can’t afford to lose. Roulette is a game based on the hazard.
– Consider not playing it. If you’re really into gambling for the money, look for a game where the House has a smaller edge – like Baccarat, Blackjack or Craps.
In the end, we want to wish you good luck, and most importantly, remember to have fun when you play Roulette. The Roulette wheel can offer some great thrills and experiences, and if you’re in the game for a ride, you’ll be in for a great one.