The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the world’s most popular casino games. Whether you play online or at a land-based casino, it’s an exciting and highly rewarding game that requires an understanding of the rules and strategy to maximize your chances of winning.

The game of roulette is played with a spinning wheel which has a number of divisions around it that are numbered from 1 to 36, alternately red and black. The ball spins around the wheel until it lands in a slot in one of the divisions, or in the case of American roulette tables, another green division numbered 0 (the “zero”).

Players place bets on the numbers that they believe will come up when the ball lands on the wheel. These bets are called “inside” and “outside” bets, and the payout odds for each of these types are based on the probability that a certain number will come up.

Inside Bets

Inside bets are made by placing chips on specific numbered pockets or positions, and they pay higher than outside bets. These bets include bets on the even and odd pocket numbers, or groupings of numbers in a particular position or color.

Outside Bets

Outside bets are placed on a range of options around the outer sections of the roulette table, and they pay lower than inside bets. These bets include corner and basket bets, which are bets on two or three numbers adjacent to each other.


The word roullette is derived from the French, which means “little wheel,” and this term has been used for the game of roulette since its inception in 17th-century Paris. The game of roullette is a variation of the classic French game of roulette that uses a single zero pocket on the wheel instead of the double zero pocket found in most other versions of roulette.

Roulette Chips

To play roulette, you’ll need a set of casino chips that are colored to distinguish bettors at the table. You can purchase these chips at any roulette table, but you should never use your own money to place bets.

Before the game begins, you should tell the dealer how much each of your chips is worth. They will then indicate that amount on their “wheel” of chips, and then parcel them out to you. You’ll also be given a marker to indicate which number was hit on the last decision.

In this way, you can see how many chips it takes to complete a certain number of winning bets, so that you can make your best choices and optimize your odds of winning. For example, if you want to bet on the number 2 on the layout, you’ll need about 40 chips.

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