Roullete is a casino game of chance that can be as fun and exciting as any other. It is, however, one of the least popular games on the American gaming floor – drawing far fewer players than slot machines, video poker, blackjack or craps. It still draws large crowds in Europe, especially Monte Carlo, where it is a mainstay.
A roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape, with thirty-six metal compartments numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36 on European-style wheels; the American version adds two green compartments labelled 0 and 1. A croupier spins the wheel by hand and a ball is released into the compartments. The ball then rests in whichever compartment the croupier’s marker (called a canoe) is pointing to.
Depending on the type of bet, the odds of winning are different. Outside bets have higher odds, while inside bets are lower. A common bet is a “street” of three numbers, which carries a lower minimum bet but pays more than individual number bets. Each table carries a placard that explains the minimum and maximum bets allowed. It is recommended to set a budget before you enter the casino and stick to it. Do not dip into your winnings to place new bets.
Roulette is an elegant and timeless classic that has been offering glamour, mystery and excitement to casino-goers since the 17th century. While it seems simple enough, this game offers a surprising level of depth for serious bettors and the right strategy can reap high rewards.