The word roulette is french and means ”little wheel”. This suggests that the game was invented by a French speaking person but it’s origin is widely debated and there is more than one theory on the subject. The most popular theory is that the game was invented in 1657 by a French mathematician named Blaise Pascal. Another theory suggests that the game has it’s roots in a Tibetan game that first came from China. However, no matter which theory is right there is no denying that the game has been, and still is, very popular amongst players around the world.
The roulette table
American roulette is a bit different from European/French roulette, something you will notice when you see the roulette table. The roulette table has the numbers 1 to 36, some in red and some in black. Along one side of the numbers you will see the green zero and the green double zero, three areas that represent a bet on groups of 12 numbers (three diagonal and three horizontal) and finally areas for betting on red/black, even/odd and high/low. The layout can differ a little bit depending on which casino you are visiting and the color of the table can also vary, usually it is blue or green with white lines.
The rules of roulette
The rules of the game are quite easy and straightforward. All players have chips in a unique color to prevent the bets being confused with each other. When the game begins the players make their bets. The croupier will start spinning the wheel and betting is still allowed up until the croupier calls out “no more bets”. When the ball stops at a number, that number will be called out and the losing chips will be cleared from the table. The winner will get their winnings paid out. The rules also state that if the wheel or the ball is disturbed in any way the game has to stop and start over. This is never an issue when playing online.
Different bets on roulette
There are two groups of bets in roulette. The first one is called inside bets and the other outside bets. This refers to weather you place your bet on the numbers or on one of the other fields.
1 – 18 is a bet placed on low, the lowest numbers excluding the zero and double zero.
19 – 36 is a bet placed on high, on the highest numbers on the field.
Red or black.
Odd or even.
Dozens is a bet on the numbers 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.
Columns is a bet on one of the columns containing 12 number each.
Snake is a bet where the chips form an s over the table. The bet is made on the numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32 och 34.
A bet on a single number is called ”straight up”.
Split is a bet where you play on two numbers next to each other. You split your bet by placing your chips on the line that separates the numbers.
Street is a horizontal bet on three numbers next to each other.
Corner, or square, is a bet on four numbers that together forms the shape of a square.
Double street, or six line, is a bet on two streets next to each other.
First four, or basket, is a bet placed on 0, 1 and 2 or 0, 00 and 2 or 00, 2 and 3.
Top line är a bet that only works in American roulette and it is a bet placed on the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3.
Strategies in American roulette
Like many other games there are some strategies to use when playing roulette. If you do a web search for strategies you are going to find several sites claiming that their strategy is the best one and will win you money. Of course they are not giving away this strategy for free.
There are no guarantees or evidence saying these strategies actually work. Some of the more well known and well documented strategies are, for example, the Martingale strategy, the D’Alambert strategy and the Fibonacci sequence. All of them are created to lower the risk of losing money in different ways. With the Martingale strategy you are to bet on a 50/50 bet such as odd/even or red/black. The bet is to be small and if you win you bet the same amount again. If you lose you need to double the next bet, if you lose again then you double the bet again. When you get a win you go back to betting the sum you started with.
With the D’alembert strategy the bet is again placed on a 50/50 option and the bet is to be a low amount. Every time you lose you are to raise the bet one step and every time you get a win you are to lower the bet one step. The Fibonacci sequence is also built around the theory of winning back your losses by raising the bets. Again you are to play on a 50/50 option and with a lower sum but before you begin you need to write down a sequence of numbers, for example 1-1-2-3-5-8-13-21-34-55. If you lose you move to the next number in the sequence and the next bet is to be multiplied by that number. If you win you are to go back two steps in the sequence.
The risk with strategies like these is that it is possible to lose so many times in a row that you either need to place a bet that exceeds the table max bet or you run out of money. With that in mind you need to be a bit careful when playing with these strategies. You could develop your own strategy and maybe you will find something that works much better than the ones we know today. You can try out your strategy at a live casino like YoYo casino.