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If you’re hoping to learn the finer points of this classic casino game, it’s really quite straightforward; make your bet and watch that wheel spin. Still, if you’d like to go a bit deeper, it couldn’t hurt to know a little more.
Whether or not you’re the world’s most experienced table game player, you probably have a pretty good idea of how online roulette works. Even if you’ve never played before, chances are you’ve seen some tuxedo-wearing high roller bidding to beat the wheel.
But don’t let the glamourous trappings of the glitziest Monte Carlo gaming room faze you. The fundamental rules of roulette online couldn’t be simpler.
On a standard European roulette wheel, you’ll find 37 pockets – numbers 1-36, along with a zero pocket. Each number is coloured either red or black, with the exception of the zero, which is green.
So, the objective is to win cash trying to figure out what will come up during the next spin. You can bet on individual numbers – every number on the board offers odds of 35/1, on a standard table, at least. Or if you prefer something more straightforward, you can choose to back even or odd, red or black, all of which pay even money. Make your selection – and then wait to see if you’re a winner.
You can back as few or as many numbers in one round as you choose, or else back groups of numbers if you prefer. Placing your bets on a roulette table that looks broadly like the one below, you can select individual numbers, or instead wager on neighbouring numbers by placing your chip on the line that divides them. This is known as a split bet, and pays 17/1.
You can choose to cover either half of the table with a single bet which pays out at even money – see the 1-18 and 19-36 option – or else choose to place a bet on 12 numbers in a row – a Column Bet, which pays 2/1. Similarly, you can get 2/1 on the “Dozens bet” which covers either the first, second or third batch of 12 numbers – 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36.
You can back a single row – a “Street” – by placing your chip at the end of any row of three numbers, at 11/1. A Corner Bet is made if your chip is placed on the line where four numbers meet, and pays 8/1. And a Line bet is placed at the end of two rows, covering the six numbers in the two rows, and pays 5/1.
If you’re still looking for other alternatives, there’s also a “racetrack” selection that’s available on many roulette tables – again, see below. Here, you’ll find more options for betting on groups of numbers.
Again, you can back a single number – which would be kind of pointless, since you already have that option in the normal table. But you can also choose to use “neighbours” – from one to nine.
For instance, with one neighbour selected, if you place a chip on any number, the numbers on either side of your original selection will also be covered with a chip. Choose nine neighbours, and the nine numbers on either side of your chosen number will all be covered. It’s just another way to give yourself a wide spread of numbers, if that’s how you prefer to play.
There are three other groups you can choose to bet on in the racetrack. With Tiers Du Cylindre, you’ll back 12 numbers with six chips; with Les Orphelins, you’ll cover eight numbers with five chips; and select Les Voisins Du Zero, and you’ll cover 17 numbers with seven bets – although a couple of the bets will be placed using double the value of your standard bets. The image below should hopefully make that clear.
Once your bets are made, now it’s just a case of waiting for the ball to be released – and hopefully for it to land on one of your selected bets.
Bottom line – in a game where the outcome is completely random, it can be interesting to try experimenting with some of these different kinds of bets. But if you have your own preferred approach – or you just want to keep things as simple as possible, no problem.
That’s what makes online roulette gambling such a popular casino game. Even the inexperienced gamer will quickly be able to get involved – and if your luck’s in, it’s a beautiful feeling. With a comprehensive range of online casino games and live dealer roulette tables, check out our wide array of options.
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