In It to Win It- The Basics of How to Play Roulette in the Casino

By: Gen Wright

Roulette is a game that is very relaxing and fun to play. While you may be able to find odds better elsewhere - it is important to play on a French Wheel when possible on account of the one 0 as opposed to the American Wheel's 0 and 00 - it is still a very inviting way to spend your time at a brick-and-mortar casino. There will be a bit more on the basics of roulette to come, but a general overview of the game is this: players place their bets on where their ball will drop in a numbered and colored spinning wheel.

Roulette yields big dividends to the patient and savvy player. There is a skill to it all, despite the dependency on luck, but before you learn how to get more particular and start winning big, you must familiarize yourself with the tools of the trade. Here are some things to remember if you want to know how to play roulette in the casino and win:

Equipment and Table Personnel: If you find yourself in any quality casino, you will see an elongated table. There will be a wheel in the end of that table. Tucked away in a notch, the dealer stands and watches over the proceedings. (In France, he is called a croupier.) Adorning the table is a felt outer covering, which has the series of numbers 1-36 in a rectangular box. Each of these numbers is surrounded by either a red or black oval or rectangle. The 0 and/or 00 are surrounded by green backgrounds. Outside the numbered rectangles, which are used for "inside bets," there are a series of other rectangles, which are called upon for placing "outside bets." Back to the wheel, this is spun in one direction while a small ball is spun in the other. As the speed decreases, the ball tumbles off its track into a trench that corresponds to one of the 38 numbered and colored slots on the wheel. Wherever it lands determines the winner: the house, the inside bets, or the outside bets.

Roulette Chips: Every individual playing at a table must use different chips. Even husbands and wives are not immune. Given the wide participation levels in the game, there must be no disputes or roulette could spin into chaos. By giving everyone "special roulette chips," each player has a different color to play, so there is no confusion when the ball takes its final tumble. It is important to note that roulette chips have no value away from the wheel. This is because the player determines what denomination each set is worth.

Roulette, like any casino game, is easy to learn but difficult to master. Once you learn how to play roulette, you will be able to pick up on when the best times to bet are as well as some of the more advanced rules, betting tips, and strategies that are vital to your success. Good luck, and may the best ball win!

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