Roulette is a gambling game that is very popular in casinos the world over. The word “roulette” comes from the French term that means “little wheel.” As the name might indicate, roulette requires a wheel. This wheel usually made of wood and plastic, and in European roulette, it has a series of thirty-seven numbered and colored pockets on the wheel, from zero to thirty-six. Pockets from one to thirty-six are colored in alternating red and black sequence, and the zero pocket is colored green. In the American version of this popular casino game, the roulette wheel’s numbers range from two zeroes and zero -both of which are colored green- and one to thirty-six alternates between red and black colored pockets. American roulette has thirty-eight pockets all in all.
To determine whether or not a gambler wins, the croupier, or casino employee, spins the wheel in one direction, and a small white ball is spun in the opposite direction along the circumference of the roulette wheel. A person can bet on a number, whether the color is red or black, whether the number is odd or even, or on a combination. If the ball lands on the number, color, or combination that the person betting has called, this person wins.
There are a lot of different ways to bet in roulette. They can be classified as either inside betting, or outside betting. If a person makes an “inside” bet, they choose either the range of numbers (based on position) that the ball will land on -for example, between one to nine- or the single number that it might land on. On the other hand, “outside” bets are when a person bets on what color the ball might land on, whether it lands on an odd or even number, or if it lands in a certain designated group of numbers or colors, based on position.
The amount that a person can win on a roulette bet depends, of course, on probability. This means that the higher the odds are, the more likely a person is to get a higher payout if they actually do win. If, for example, you bet that the ball lands on the 0 or 00 pocket, your odds to win are thirty-seven to one. These odds are pretty high, and the house has a distinct advantage at this point, but if you do win, for every dollar you have bet, you will get back thirty-five dollars. Of course, if you should decide to bet on a range, your odds will go down, and you will get less for what you had bet. For a five number bet, for example, you will only get six dollars for every one dollar you put in, as opposed to the thirty-five you could win on a riskier bet.