A Beginner’s Guide to Roulette: Everything You Need To Know

Roulette odds and everything else you need to know about roulette

Roulette was created by accident some 300 years ago by a French physicist, inventor and mathematician called Blaise Pascal. Mr Pascal was trying to invent a perpetual motion machine which means a machine that operates without any energy from the external but ended up creating a design that gave a great motion for the ball itself that became roulette.

Roulette that became very popular along the years. When first created, roulette were usually played by in the boat by merchants. This was also the main way of how roulette first spread to American. It was in the 1800s that roulette made its way to America through the ocean.

The zero in roulette wheels didn’t exist until the mid –19thcentury. The roulette wheel that Pascal invented stayed the same way for years until the 1842 where 2 other Frenchmen attempted to add zero in the roulette wheel for King Charles III of Monaco as the king was trying to build a casino and the zero would give the game a bigger house edge advantage. This house edge advantage generated a lot money to the casino that King Charles III of Monaco built.

Roulette in America took a step further to add the house edge advantage by adding a double zero in the roulette wheel. While other roulette wheels have 37 numbers (1 to 36 and 0), the American version of roulette has 38 number (1 to 36, 0 and 00). With this, players have better roulette odds in the French version compared to the American version.


Roulette was one of the most popular casino game that grew in and out of popularity over the years. After a bit of a slump due to other incoming casino games, roulette hit stardom again after the introduction of online casinos. Online casinos were first introduced in the mid of 1990s and roulette were one of the first game that was available in these online casinos. Along the years, online casinos have evolved and now players are able to play roulette online with live dealer.

There are many types of roulette available nowadays. It is very important to know the type of roulette you are playing to understand more about the game odds. European roulette is as original as it gets. This version is the cleanest and untouched version of the initial roulette created. sticking very close to the original roulette created, there are no extra rules nor is there extra zero in this version. There are 1 –36 numbers and a zero in this version. Individuals are paid 35:1 for every chip bet.

The American roulette was tweaked when it was introduced in America casinos. This was done to give casinos a bigger house edge advantage. Initially, no zeros were added to the wheel when it first came to America, but all this changed when roulette began to gainpopularity along the year. So, the roulette wheels in America were all added with an extra zero making the total numbers in the wheel 38 instead of 37.

Despite being the originator of roulette, the French version of roulette is not as popular as its succeeder. This version of roulette is not to be found much outside, especially in North America. Being similar to the European version of roulette, the rules of the French version is the only thing that sets these two roulettes aside. The French roulette has an insurance like rule that is not to be found in other roulettes. According to this rule, players will be returned half of their wagered money if the ball lands on either one of the zero.

Canasta is a game from Latin America that’s based off roulette. This game is similar to the roulette but with no wheel. This game is essentially the same game with roulette with a major difference that the balls used in this game is similar to a ping pong ball but with numbers on them. These balls are spun in a bingo styled cage. Many people actually swear upon this form of roulette.

Third zero is still an experimental game that’s being tested out in the casinos in the United States. In third zero, a third zero is added into the roulette wheel, which means the roulette wheel would have 39 numbers (1 –36 numbers, 0, 00 and 000). Some considers this game as an act of greed by the casinos as this only adds to the house edge advantage, therefore casino players do not recommend this game to others.

Types of Inside Bets

As a beginner, it could be very confusing with all the bets you could place in a game of roulette. Therefore, it is very important for roulette players to understand each and every bet and when to use them so that they can increase their roulette odds during a game.

Inside bets are placed inside the rectangle where all the numbers usually are and there are a few different types of bets that can be placed in the rectangle with numbers.

The first one is the straight up bet. The straight bet is as straightforward as its name. To place this bet, players simply place a bet on a single number and the payout of this bet is 36 –1. Split bet is the next bet type that players can place. The split bet is placed by placing a chip on the line between two numbers and players will be paid if the ball lands on either number where the chip is placed on. The payout odds of this bet is 17:1.

Next one is the street bet, where a bet is placed on any three number within the same row and players will be paid if the ball lands on either one of the numbers. The payout ratio is 12:1. If wished to spread their money more, players can use the corner bet where they can bet on four numbers. Players can place this bet by putting their chip on the corner of these four numbers. The winning ration of this bet is 8:1.

The line or double street bet is similar to the street bet. The only difference between the two is that the line bet covers two rows of number instead of one and the payoff rate is 5:1. Five-number bet is the next bet that players can consider placing. Players are only able to bet on 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3 and players will be paid 6:1 if they win.

As for the basket bet and also known as “first four” bet, players can only bet on numbers 0, 1, 2 and 3. This is also a bet that pays players 6:1. The last bet from the inside bet category is the snake bet. The name of this bet comes from the shape that the chips takes up once the bet is placed. This bet covers the number 1, 5, 9, 12, 14,16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34.

Types of Outside Bets

In a roulette table, there are a lot space for chips to be placed even outside of the number board itself. All the chips and bets placed outside the number board falls into the category of outside bets. There are many different types of bets under this category.

The first one is the low or high bet. Players simply needs to decide if the winning number lies between 1-18 which is under the category of low or 19-36 which is under the category of high. Most of the roulette tables have a minimum bet amount to be able to bet on this option. The next bet option for players if the red or black. Similar to the low and high, players are able to bet on the winning color (either black or red). The winning color means the color on which the ball will land on.

The odd or even bet is a bet where players are able to choose if the ball will land on an even or odd number. The next bet is the dozen bet, where players have an option to bet on numbers by dozens. For example, either 1 –12, 13 –24, 25 –36. There last bet from this category is the column bet. As all players knows, roulette boards are divided into 12 rows of three numbers each. Players will be able to bet on one of these columns which include 12 numbers.

Common Q&A regarding roulette

1)Is my roulette wheel rigged?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions on be it land or online casinos. Players should know that software companies and casinos do not benefit from rigging casino games. Online roulettes and slots comes with random number generator that’s often not disturbed by third party to ensure accuracy. In land based casinos on the other hand, dealers are often changed to make sure that there is no bias and since customers always sits in front of the roulette wheel, its proven to be more difficult to cheat on landed casinos.

2)What is a live dealer?

The concept of a live dealer is similar to non-dealers. Players would pick a game and place bets on the roulette game. Live dealers are the person handling the roulette similar to the dealer you would see in a landed casino. The live dealer will be shown on a live feed and players are able to chat with the dealers and possibly other players as well. However,live roulette games only have limited numbers of seats and players will have to pay the casinos. Online casinos often don’t accept players that uses free cash to play live roulette.

3)Is there any set amount that I should bet on roulette to get maximum profits?

There answer to this answer is no. Instead of following a certain bet amount, players should focus on betting more realistically by only betting as much as they can afford to lose. This is because, it is very easy to get carried away in a roulette, therefore players have to be really careful with their bankroll. While all these are just little information about roulette, it is very important for players to know all these little details and more before diving into a game of roulette as all this information are useful for players in many different ways.