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Roulette

The casino game of roulette is known and enjoyed around the world. Traditional land-based as well as online casinos offer a variety of wheels to play.

Roulette in Asia

In Asia, roulette can be found in casinos throughout the continent. For anyone who has visited a casino in Macau, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore or elsewhere in Asia, you will know the game is a popular choice. In Macau, the game is still growing in popularity as up until recently there were very few roulette wheels found on the island. On my last trip I only spotted a handful of roulette games – in the Venetian and the MGM casinos. I’m sure there are others, but the game is not as big in Macau as it is in other Asian countries.

As roulette is such a popular game among Asian gamblers it is offered by every Asian online casino I’ve played at. There are usually a number of different versions of the game on offer including European roulette and American roulette. Likewise the game is available in 2 different formats.

The first of these uses real dealers located in a casino or live dealer studio based in Asia. In this format, you play with other players and can make bets and watch the ball spinning around the wheel in the exact same way as you can in a real world casino. Most Asian roulette players choose this option.

The second choice is the standard Flash format where you play roulette as a Flash game in your browser. This version is probably slightly faster as you’ll be the only player at the table, but many people prefer the live dealer option simply because it is more interactive and feels more realistic. The game below is a classic example of Flash roulette as found online.

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How to Play Roulette

Roulette is played with a small ball that spins around a stationary bowl before it drops into a spinning base containing 38 numbered pockets, 1-36 and 0, 00.The current roulette wheel and game used at most casinos is derived from a number of spinning wheel games, the earliest of which were based on a perpetual motion device invented by Blaise Pascal in the 1700’s.

Early roulette wheels were very similar to today’s wheel, but the wheels used in Paris in the 1790’s had just two colors, black and red, which included the “0” “00” seen today. To avoid confusion the “0” and “00” were eventually colored green. The house edge on double zero roulette wheels is 5.26%.

As the casinos in Paris and Germany fought for customers in the 1800’s, the town of Bad Homburg, Germany introduced single “0” roulette with a smaller house edge of just 2.70% Obviously the game was better for the player, and the game became known as European roulette. Most casinos in America, from Canada and the US to the casinos of the Bahama’s and North America have double zero wheels, often known as American roulette.

Online roulette is very popular for several reasons, including ease of play and game speed. In a traditional casino the dealer must clear the layout of losing wagers, calculate winning payoffs, sell chips, spin the ball, and start the whole process over again. Online games can be as quick as the player is. You’ll find there are plenty of different wagers to make on a roulette layout, most of which are outlined below. In addition, online players may choose single-zero wheels as well as multiple wheel games. Remember that the multiple wheel games are fun, but you will obviously be wagering much more per spin.

Inside Bets

Betting a Single Number

Players may wager on a single number straight-up by placing their chip completely within a numbered box. When the ball lands in the corresponding pocket the payoff is 35 to 1. If it lands on any other number the wager loses.

Betting Two Numbers – Split Bets

Players may wager on two numbers by placing their chip between two numbers on the layout. When either number is spun the payoff is 17 to 1 for a split bet.

Betting Three Numbers – Street Bets

Street bets cover three numbers, including the “basket”: a chip that splits the “1”, “2” and “0” – or the “0”, “00” and “2” – or even the “00”, “2” and “3” will cover three numbers and pay 11 to 1. A chip can also include three numbers across, called a “street” bet, such as “1” – “2” – “3” by placing a chip half on the “1” and half in the “1-12” section. In this case your bet is only on 1-3, it does not include a bet on the “1-12” section.

Betting Four Numbers – Corner or Square Bets

Players may wager on four numbers at once by placing a chip between any groups of four numbers so it bisects all four numbers, such as 29, 30, 32, 33 – if any of the four numbers is spun the payoff is 8 to 1.

Betting Five Numbers – Top Line

Players may cover five numbers with a single chip only on the Top Line, which covers “0” – “00” – “1” – “2” – and “3” – by placing their chip either at the corner of “0” and “1”, or the corner of “00” and “3”. A winning spin pays 6 to 1.

Betting Six Numbers – Split Line or Double Street

Players may bet on six numbers (two streets), such as 1-6 by placing their chip between the “1” and the “4” and also half in the “1 -12” section. Again, you are only paid if 1-6 is spun, and the payoff is 5 to 1.

Outside Bets

Outside bets are the wager boxes around the edge of the numbered boxes and do not include”0″ or “00” All outside bets lose on a spin of “0” or “00” loses. Some online casinos offer European roulette with the “En Prison” rule, which refunds half of all outside wagers to the player when zero or double zero are spun.

1 to 18

Players may wager on the first 18 numbers (1 to 18) with a single bet, which pays even money.

19 to 36

Players may wager on the second 18 numbers (19 to 36) with a single wager, which pays even money.

Dozens

Players may wager on the first dozen numbers (1-12), the second dozen numbers (13-24), or the third dozen numbers (25-36) with a single wager. Winning bets pay 2 to 1.

Column Bets

Players may wager on any of the three vertical columns covering 12 numbers each. Winning bets pay 2 to 1.

Red and Black

Players may wager on all red numbers or all 18 black numbers with a single wager, which pays even money.

Odd or Even

Players may wager on all even numbers or all odd numbers with a single bet, which pays even money.

Roulette Wheel Number Sequence

Roulette players use a large variety of systems to keep track of their wagers and to bet with or against any developing pattern of consecutive spins. These systems are sometimes varied by the sequence of the numbers around the roulette wheel. The numbers 1-36 will always be the same in the same sequence on a roulette wheel based on either a single zero, or a double zero wheel.

For the numbers 1 to 10 and 19 to 28, odd numbers are red and even numbers are black. For the numbers 11 to 18 and 29 to 36, odd numbers are black and even numbers are red.

Single-zero Wheels

The number sequence is: 0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-9-22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26

Double-zero Wheels

The number sequence is: 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2