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Intro to Roulette American and European Roulette

Your Introduction to American and European Roulette

Written By Carla Harris

Roulette is one of the oldest known casino games still in existence today and has remained an old favourite and one of the more popular games at any casino. Roulette is an interesting game of chance, with very little skill required to play. Novices and pros alike, flock to Roulette tables around the world to enjoy this old classic, in hopes of striking it lucky.

If you’re interested in having a go at betting on the wheel, then use this guide to get to know the game a little and before you know it you’ll be stacking your chips on any table with gusto, and hopefully you can beat the odds.


Over the years there have been many strategies and so-called fool-proof methods of beating the Roulette wheel, but ultimately, no matter how long you’ve been playing the game and no matter how confident you are in placing your bets, the game of Roulette is simply up to the spin of the wheel and the roll of the ball. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t give it a go. When lady luck is on your side, Roulette can be extremely rewarding and also an immensely entertaining and sociable game to take part in.

So, get ready to do a little learning as we help you understand the classic, compelling and exhilarating game of Roulette!


The Game as we know it

Roulette has undergone many changes over the years since it first started appearing in casinos, centuries ago. After all those tweaks and changes, we are left with the game as we know it today that is played all over the world.


There are two main types of Roulette which are: European and American Roulette. European Roulette is the more popular of the two because it offers a lower house edge. Firstly, the game consists of a wheel of 37 or 38 slots, numbered 0-36 in the European version, and in the case of American Roulette, an extra 0 or double 00. The wheel is usually made out of polished wood and contains a liner which features the coloured, numbered slots or pockets. In the middle of the wheel is a turret.

The numbers featured on the Roulette wheel are always featured in the same sequence. The European, or single-zero wheel sequence is as follows: 
0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-9-22-18- 29-7-28-12-35-3-26

The American, or double zero sequence is as follows:

0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2

The colours of the numbers, whether in European or American Roulette, are always the same. The odd numbers from 1 to 10 and 19 to 28 are red. The even numbers in this range are black. From 11 to 18 and 29 to 36, the odd numbers are black and the even numbers are red. The 0 and 00 pockets are green.

The Roulette wheel is placed at the top of a table, which features a grid layout where players are required to place their chips in order to make a bet. The table consists of an inside and outside betting area. The inside area features the individual numbers laid out and the outside area has boxes for specific outside bets that include red or black, odd or even, column or third bets.

The dealer, who is also known as a croupier, stands at the top end of the table where the wheel is. The dealer exchanges players’ money for chips, oversees bets, spins the wheel, calls the winning number and also pays out the winning bets.

The chips used to play Roulette are usually made out of metal or plastic and are usually in different colours for different players to use in order to prevent any confusion on the table. Higher value chips however, are sometimes one colour throughout such as $50, $100, $500 and higher.

The above is just an extract from the insightful library of information that we have on Roulette, previously published as a PDF, the full version on How to Play Roulette is available at Casino-Mate. Stay tuned to the Casino-Mate Blog for more in depth information on the exciting game. Remember that you can start your Roulette adventure on your computer screen at any time by logging into Casino-Mate. You can play for free money and ease your self into the game as opposed to going guns blaring, or worse yet, as a timid little newbie amongst high rollers.

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