Roulette is a casino game characterized by spinning a numbered wheel with a small ball being tossed onto it, followed by spinning. When the ball lands on any number, color or grouping of numbers as defined by their bet placed by players they win money according to that bet placed. Bets may be placed on single numbers, groupings of numbers (red/black, odd/even or high/low). Roulette strategies can be complex and challenging to master but there are numerous strategies out there for successful roulette play that may improve chances.
A roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with metal partitions known as frets or dividers around its perimeter and a spinning spindle at its core. On European wheels, one compartment carries the sign 0 while American ones feature two green pockets labeled as such – each compartment on the wheel is painted red and black and numbered sequentially from 1 to 36 – while 36 compartments painted alternately red and black are numbered sequentially from one to 36 on nonconsecutively numbered from 1 to 36 nonconsecutively on their wheels whereas 36 compartments on American ones have two green pockets labeled as such 00 (or vice versa).
A dealer, or croupier, conducts this game. Before each round begins, they clear all losing bets from the table and pay out winners. Next they spin the wheel with metal dollys attached that throw a ball around until one lands in one of the number slots; players place bets and the process repeats itself until all numbers have been played out and placed their own.
Outside bets, which involve wagers placed on categories rather than individual digits, often offer higher odds but reduced payouts. Common outside bets include the Dozens bet which involves betting on either the first dozen, second dozen, third dozen or all three rows; Line Bet or Six Number Bet (commonly known in French as sixain); Odd or Even bet is another such bet with even money or 1:1 payout odds.
Inside bets, which involve placing chips on specific digits or sections of the wheel, can be more difficult to win and provide lower odds than outside bets. Such bets include Straight-up bets with one in three chances of hitting and Split bets that cover half the wheel. While many claim their complex roulette strategies work, in reality this game relies heavily on luck; to increase your odds of success stick with simple bets that offer high odds while limiting how much time is spent at the table.