Common Questions First Time Roulette Players Ask

Roulette is one of the most followed games in live and online casinos.

But for beginners, we can’t blame them if they want to learn more how this game named after the French word meaning “little wheel’’ is played.

To get you more acquainted with his game, here are the most common questions asked by beginners:

How Does Roulette Work?

In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number, various groupings of numbers, the colours red or black, whether the number is odd or even, or if the numbers are high (19–36) or low (1–18).

To determine the winning number, a croupier or dealer spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the outer edge of the wheel.

The ball eventually loses momentum, passes through an area of deflectors, and falls onto the wheel and into one of 37 (single zero French/European style roulette) or 38 (double zero American style roulette) coloured and numbered pockets on the wheel. The winnings are then paid to anyone who has placed a successful bet.

Players can bet on single numbers or combination of numbers.

Here are some things to consider though:

A bet on red wins if it lands on red, and there are 18 red numbers on the wheel. But there are also 18 black numbers.

That sounds good, until you consider this:

The 0 and 00 are green, and they are additional.

So, if you bet on red and the ball lands on black, you lose. And you also lose if the ball lands on green.

Those two green zeroes are what make the house its money in the long run playing roulette.

What Is the Best Bet in Roulette?

Any bet that’s not the 5-number bet in American roulette is the best bet.

The casino’s statistical advantage is measured by the house edge.

The roulette house edge for all the bets at the table — assuming a standard American game is 5.26%.

The 5-number bet is an exception. The house edge for that bet is 7.89%. Do not make that bet.

If you want to know what the best bet is in terms of which one offers the biggest payout, it’s the single-number bet. That bet pays off 35 to 1. The house edge is still 5.26%, though.

If you want to know what the best bet is in terms of which one is most likely to win, it’s any of the even-money bets. Those bets win 47.37% of the time, but they only pay off even money. And the house edge is still 5.26%.

Can Anyone Win at Roulette?

The answer is yes. It is a game of chance and people win at this game every day.

How Do Roulette Payouts Work?

All the roulette payouts are designed to offer a break-even bet if the 0s weren’t on the wheel. No matter which bet you place, the payout is such that it would be a fair game — if only the zeroes weren’t on the wheel.

This means that the payout for a single number bet is 35 to 1. (The odds of winning that bet are 37 to 1.)

The payout for a bet on two numbers is 17 to 1. The payout for a bet on three numbers is 11 to 1. And so on, until you get to the bets on 18 numbers at a time.

The lower the odds of winning, the higher the payouts. The house edge doesn’t change though.

What Is the Best Strategy at Roulette?

The first thing you should do if you are devising a roulette strategy is decide how much money you want to gamble with or what is called as your bankroll.

Then decide what percentage of your bankroll you want to win during your gambling session. Decide, too, on how much of it you are willing to lose during that session, too. Those are called win goals and loss limits.

How Can One Win Big at Online Roulette?

All the online casinos mostly have both American roulette and European roulette available. Always play the European version of the game.

American roulette has two zeroes on the wheel, which makes the house edge 5.26%.

European roulette, though, only has a single green zero on the wheel, which lowers the house edge dramatically – to 2.70%.

Those still are not great odds, but if your hope is to win big money at online roulette, you need to play the game with the lowest edge.

Play with the bets with the biggest payoffs. Those are the inside bets. They win less often, but when you do win, you get a bigger payout. The best of these is the single number bet. It pays off at 35 to 1.

Another option is to bet the max on a single spin and walk away with your winnings when you have doubled your money.

How Can You Win at Every Spin?

You cannot win at roulette on every spin.