Intro / history Roulette

Roulette is one of the THE most iconic casino games of all times. It’s accessible, easy to learn and it comes with a great dose of excitement. It was invented in France, the word means ‘little wheel’ in French. There are different theories on who invented this immensely popular game. My personal favourite is that a monk created the game in 1655 to spice up their boring daily existence. Either how, over the years Roulette has grown into an icon that is impossible to think out of the casino. When you enter a casino, you’ll alsways see many people gathered around the roulette table.  The social part of the game is one of the reasons why the game has been thriving for so many years.

How does it work?

Before you start playing roulette you have to learn the rules and develop a strategy accordingly. If you know the rules and risks it’s much easier to optimize your bet. After all you didn’t come to the casino to lose your money quick.  While at first sight roulette seems a simple game to learn, there is more depth to it than you’d initially expect. That’s why learning the fine tricks is absolute key. Especially learning how to place bets is a strategy that requires skill, below you’ll read more about that.

The Wheel

So first of all there is the wheel, the part which roulette is all about. The wheel consists of 36 numbers and 0. This is the European version of the table, in the US some tables have a 00. Which means your winning chance is slightly smaller. The croupier is in charge of the table and will make a small white ball spin. The ball will land one on of the numbers.

The wheel doesn’t present numbers in chronological order, they’re mixed up. Half of them are black and half red. That looks like the following:

Numbers 1-10, even are black odd numbers are red
Numbers 11-18, even are red odd numbers are black
Numbers 19-28, even are black odd numbers are red,
Numbers 29-36, even are red odd numbers are black

The croupier

The croupier is the person leading the table. They’re not just in charge of spinning the wheel, but will also change your money for chips and payout the winner. His role is crucial, you’re free to ask him questions throughout the game in case you’re unsure about the process and how it works.

Placing bets

This is the part of roulette where you really have to know what you’re doing. There are many different bets you can place, all with different chances, risks and spending. Bets are placed on the table before the croupier starts spinning the wheel. At some point he’ll say that no more bets can be placed. Below you can find an overview of what these different bets are and how they work.

Inside and Outside Bets

The two types of bets you can place when playing roulette are called ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. The difference between them is that outside bets have better odds at winning, but at a lower payout. Inside bets are the exact opposite. The odds of winning are significantly smaller but the payout is much bigger.

Below you can find an overview of the different bets. We’ll begin explaining the inside bets. These are the ones with the lowest odds of winning but the highest payout if you win.

Inside bets

Straight up: As straightforward as it sounds: with this bet you place your bet on 1 number only. Black 17. You only win if the ball lands in Black 17.

Split: Low chance, but the odds are slightly higher than Straight up. With Split you place your money on two adjoining numbers for example 19 and 20.

Street: With a street bet you place your bet on three adjoining numbers in a horizontal line. For example 12/13/14 or 23/24/25.

Trio: A similar concept as Street, but when placing a trio bet you can only do so on the numbers 0/1/2 or 00/2/3.

Corner: It’s called Corner or Square bet. You place this bet by picking out 4 numbers that are in a square layout. For example 25/26/28/29.

Six Line bet: This is where the odds start to increase. Remember comparing it to how many options the ball has to land: 36. With Six line street you place a bet just as in Street, but then 2 combined. For example: 17/18/19/20/21/22

With odds of 6/36 (six line bet) or 1/36 (straight up), winning chances are low. However, if you feel in a lucky mood you might as well try a Straight Up. Even if it’s just for one time!

Outside bets

The outside bets have a much higher odds of winning compared to the inside bets. The only downside to the outside bets is the that the payout is lower too. There are 6 types of outside bets, the same amount as inside bets. You can find them explained below:

1 to 18: Very straightforward: you place your bet on the numbers from 1 through 18.

19 to 36: You are betting on the numbers 19-36.

Black or red: you place your bet on either black or red. You’ll see the result once the ball has landed in place.

Even or Odd: Placing your bet on either odd or even numbers.

Dozen Bets: You bet on one of the following 3 possibilities: 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.

Column Bets: you place your bet on numbers in a vertical line. For instance 1/4/7/10/13/16/19/22/25/28/31/34.

Strategies

Einstein reportedly has said “nobody can win at roulette”. What he probably meant by that is that there is no mathematical theory to apply on it. While that is partly true, understanding numbers definitely does help. Several roulette theories have been developed over the years of which we will share the most successful ones.

Martingale system

The Martingale system is the most known strategy in roulette. Its principle is simple, you increase your bets after every loss. After every win, you place the same bet as the original amount. Sounds counter-intuitive, but it works! What you should keep in mind however, is that no strategy can really guarantee long-term winnings.

Fibonacci

Fibonacci is a general theory for recouping previous losses in any ‘game’ involving numbers. The Fibonacci numbers refers to a sequence where the next number equals the sum of the previous two. It starts with 1. The easiest way to show you what this strategy looks like is by an example. So see below:

1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89 – 144 – 233 – 377 – 610 – 987

When you compare this system to Martingale, the Fibonacci strategy relies on a smaller increase in bets. Contrary to the example above, you don’t have to start your bet at 1. You can start at whichever amount you’re comfortable with. Although it’s recommended to start small to test out the strategy and keep losses minimal.

Labouchere

This strategy was developed by Henry Labouchere and it revolves around placing even bets. So you can use it by placing a bet like: red/black, even/odd, 1-18/19-36. It’s recommended to bet on something that has a 50% chance of winning. That’s why inside bets can be risky. With the Labouchere system you set a goal of what you want to win prior to playing.