What is Roulette?

Roulette is actually derived from a French word, which means “small wheel.” Players of Roulette bet on colors, single numbers or number ranges, and odd numbers or even numbers on the Roulette wheel, which makes it a pure game of chance.

The game has an interesting history and is believed to have originated in France in the eighteenth century. The Roulette wheel gets its design from a wide range of games such as the English Roly Poly, Ace of Hearts, Biribi and Hoca, and a French board game called Roulette, which was already in existence when the Roulette wheel appeared on the scene. An early reference to the game can be found in La Roulette, a French novel penned by Jaques Lablee, which gives a detailed description of a Roulette wheel in Paris.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the game was taken to Germany; and toward the end of the nineteenth century, the earliest forms of American Roulette were born. By the end of the twentieth century, Roulette had become a popular game of chance all over the world. While the Roulette wheel with the double zero became popular in America, the Roulette wheel with the single zero became popular in Europe.

Different Types of Online Roulette:

Online casinos offer five exciting variants of roulette—American Roulette, European Roulette, French Roulette, Mini Roulette, and Racetrack Roulette.

Players usually prefer European Roulette to American Roulette because it is player friendly and has a lower house edge. While American Roulette has one zero, which greatly increases the house advantage, European Roulette has two zeros, which lowers the house edge considerably.

American Roulette is similar to European Roulette except that it has one zero and, therefore, a greater house edge. Roulette experts advise beginners to start their gaming adventures on European Roulette, and not on American Roulette, if they have a choice.

French Roulette, which is similar to the above-mentioned variants, is a nice way for players to learn French. It has only one zero and a lower house edge and has the instructions and betting terms written in French.

Mini Roulette is an exciting variant for beginners, having just 13 numbers and a collection of 15 bets. Racetrack Roulette is another unique Roulette that many players are fond of. Like French and European Roulette, it has only one zero and is, therefore, quite player friendly. However, the table layout, the bet types, and the way the numbers placed are totally different.

How to Play Roulette Online:

Playing Roulette is simple; players only have to bet on the number, number range, odd number or even number or red or black, whichever they feel will help them win their bets.

As previously mentioned, European Roulette has only 37 numbers from 0 to 36 while American Roulette has 38 numbers because of the extra double zero, which takes its house advantage to 5.26 percent. Roulette tables have minimum and maximum bets, and combining inside and outside bets to get the table minimum is not permitted.

Players can place inside bets such as Straight Up, which is betting on one number; Split Bet, which is betting on two numbers; Line Bet, which is betting on a row of numbers; Corner Bet, which is betting on four numbers; and many other types of bets such as Basket Bet and Double Street Bet. The outside bets include betting on red or black, odd or even numbers, the Dozens Bet, the Column Bet, and others.

Playing Roulette is as simple as betting and waiting for the wheel to stop spinning to see if the bets have won. This is purely a game of chance and players cannot improve the odds in their favor by employing strategies.

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