The roulette table can often be quite an intimidating sight to a casino novice. But once you understand the wagering basics and being to comprehend the layout of the table you will that is a fantastically simple game that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, over the age of eighteen of course.
The table consists of 36 different numbers coloured in both red and black. Each number is representative of the numbers you’ll find on the accompanying roulette wheel. The table will also include a zero also represented on the wheel.
It also includes a number of other boxes which are labelled as ODD, EVEN, 1-18, 19-36 and also either the words RED and BLACK or two coloured blocks signifying the colours in question. This enables the player to place an even-money bet which effectively gives you a 50-50 chance of winning (slightly less as there is a zero on the wheel, remember). If the wheel spins in a zero you will lose your bet if placed in any of those sections. As previously stated the zero already has its own section on the betting table.
The layout of the board enables certain numbered groups to be aligned in 3 separate columns which will offer another trio of alternative betting options to the gameplay. Equally down the adjacent side the numbers are also separated into 3 further sections splitting them into roulette dozens: First 12, Second 12 up to 24 and Third 12 up to the number 36. These, like the even number bets, are also known as Outside Bets (because they lie outside the main area of the betting table which contains all of the numbers). You will see the dozens and columns feature in quite a few roulette startegies such as the Evens Double Dozen Combo strategy.
Many players use various roulette systems and strategies in order to hopefully gain a better advantage over the house. Sadly it’s a fallacy to believe that any form of system has any real impact on the game itself. Roulette should be played for fun and for the enjoyment and the thrill of the game. If systems out there could actually guarantee wins every time then the game itself would no longer exist (all the casinos would have gone bust years ago). Having said that, systems may come in handy for players who like to play methodically (at the very least, it is no bad thing to set a stop loss limit and a take profit target for your session. Playing systems can help force you to do this, and they don't make the odds any worse).
Once you have changed up money and got your chips in hand you are ready to place your first bet. Once the previous spin has ended and the bets collected or winnings paid out the dealer will announce for you to “place your bets”. You can lay down or spread your chips across as many numbers, sequences or even-money options as you wish. If you would like to split your bet you can actually place your chip(s) across the segmented lines that separate the numbers. This will then help you to bet on 2 different numbers whilst increasing your odds of winning. But do remember that the actual value of the bet placed is itself split and therefore halved into 2. Equally you can also spread your wager across 4 different numbers that are adjacent to each other on the table by placing your chip(s) on the inner 4 corners of a section of numbers.
The dealer will call out “no more bets please” and he will drop the ball into the spinning wheel – and the game begins!
Have fun and remember to bet responsibly with money that you can afford to lose.