The Main Rules And Subleties Of Online Roulette Game
Welcome to my guide for roulette beginners. The game that is also online roulette is one of the most popular casino games of all time. The rules of the game are very simple to understand, but without some understanding of the rules & terms, you will never know how to play roulette professionally.
Here you can see the different sections of this page, which start with the basics of the roulette game rules. After that, the differences between American and European roulette will be looked at in more detail. In the next section, I’ll take a more detailed look at the advanced rules, which should interest more advanced players. Once you understand the rules, you will be professional enough to find the perfect roulette game for you.
How roulette works – The aim of the game
In order for you to easily understand the roulette rules, it is first necessary to understand the basics. The object of the game is to bet on the right number or combination of numbers. Once you have placed a bet, the ball is thrown along the edge of the spinning pot. It is important to note that the bowl is divided into number of compartments. If the ball lands on the number you bet on, you win. If it does not land on the selected number or combination of numbers, you lose.
1. Place your bet
Even before the game starts, players place their bets. To do this, they place their casino chips (tokens) on the area of the playing field that corresponds to their bet. In land-based casinos, by the way, it is recommended to let the croupier place the chips in order to avoid any misunderstandings with other players.
2. Croupier throws the ball
Once the bets are placed, the game master throws the ball along the edge of the spinning cauldron. In some land-based casinos, you even then have the option to place bets, although this is rather the exception.
3. The result
Then, as soon as the ball loses speed, it falls and bounces a few times over the number compartments until it finally stops in one of the compartments. If you have bet on this number, you can be happy, because then you have won.
4. Play again, change the bet
When the game (coup) is over, you have several options: you can bet on the same numbers again or try a new betting strategy. If this table is played with the En Prison rule and the ball landed on zero, you continue playing with your bet, after all it is ‘in prison’.
The roulette wheel
The name ‘Roulette’ comes from the French and means something like ‘small wheel’. In German, by the way, one speaks of the so-called roulette wheel. As you can imagine, this wheel is the most important part of this popular casino game. It is available in the casinos in all imaginable sizes, whereby the classic version consists of 37 number fields, which are arranged alternately in the colours black and red, apart from the number 0, which is displayed on a green field. The numbers 1-36 are not arranged numerically. Only when the kettle is set in rotation, the table leader throws the ball in the opposite direction along the edge. The reason for this is that it tries to preserve randomness. For this reason, the direction of the rotation also changes after each coup, or after every second coup.
In this casino game you have no influence on the course of the game. The only thing that is in your hands is how much money you want to bet and especially on which numbers or number combinations.
The number zero – The house advantage
Each roulette variant has a green number compartment with the number zero. American roulette differs from the classic European/French variant in that it has two number slots with zero (0/00). This compartment is very important because it represents the house edge of the casino. If this tray were missing, the odds of winning on outside bets would be 50/50, which would result in the casino constantly losing money when multiple players are playing at the table at the same time. The house edge of the game with one zero is 2.7%, whereas the house edge with two zeros is 5.3%.
The setting field – tableau
The field on the table covered with green cloth is called the betting field or tableau. Here you bet by placing the casino chips on the number, color or combination of numbers of your choice. In the center of the tableau you will find the numbers 1-36. Outside are the simple odds. There you can bet on red/black or on columns. A column consists of a dozen and includes, for example, the numbers 1 – 12 or the first row, which starts with 1 and ends with 34. You can place as many bets as the table limit allows.
I will go into more detail about payouts and betting conditions in my roulette explanation below. The arrangement of the numbers on the betting field is not identical to the arrangement of the numbers in the wheel. So make yourself familiar with the wheel before you start a real money game.
Players place their bets on the green betting field. They can either bet on specific numbers or on specific properties (red/black). In this case, it is also called an inside bet or a single chance on the outside bets. Also note that the numbers on the betting field are not positioned in the same order as in the roulette wheel.
Basics of roulette betting rules and payout odds
One of the few things a player can decide in roulette is his choice of bet. And in the popular kettle game, you have a lot of betting options to choose between. Although the many options can seem overwhelming at first, the bottom line is that they are very simple to understand. Basically, there are only two types of bets: Inside bet and Outside bet, the latter of which is also referred to as simple chance. By these simple chances are meant the options that are outside the numerical field and concern the properties of the numbers or bundle them into a dozen. The inner bets, as the name suggests, concern the bets inside the numerical field. There, for example, you bet on certain numbers or combinations of numbers. The payout odds range from modest 1:1 values to big 35:1 wins.
When you want to play roulette, it is very important to understand the basics of the game rules. You should know what betting options you have and what the payout odds are. To have everything you need to know at a glance, you can download the roulette rules as a PDF below.
A simple rule to remember is that the payout percentage depends on the probability of winning. The higher your chance of winning, the lower the payout ratio, or in other words, the lower your chance of winning, the higher the payout ratio. A single bet on a specific winning number pays out at a ratio of 35:1. If you bet on two numbers, the odds are halved to 17:1 and so on. A black/red or even/odd bet pays your winnings at a ratio of 1:1. Let’s say you bet 10€ on red and win, then you will get paid 10€. Therefore, it’s probably best to focus on the easy odds, as you have a higher probability of winning there.
Take a look at the table below for a complete overview of the payout odds. As you may notice, some bets have a French name, which is due to the fact that they were taken from the French roulette variant, but this does not affect the bet or the payout odds.
The difference between European and French Roulette is purely visual. The wheel is the same and the betting options are also the same. The only difference is that the French variant also uses French terms. In American roulette, there is a double zero number compartment, which is not found in the European and/or French versions. The double zero thereby increases the house edge from 2.6% to 5.46% and also affects a payout odds. Otherwise, the rules of the game are the same. If possible, avoid this version. The increased house advantage makes the American version less attractive to players than the French or European game.
Each roulette game has its very own table limits, although it should be mentioned that each bet, within the game, also has its own limit. However, these betting limits only affect players who play with a strategy or high rollers who like to bet a few thousand euros on one spin.