Best guide for playing roulette games

Roulette is one of the oldest and as well popular gambling games ever. Although it has rather simple rules at first sight and it seems that human factor does not matter a lot, roulette provides a lot of different variations and various extensions that make playing roulette games exciting and magnetic. It would not be an exaggeration to state that even inveterate and hard-to-please gamblers could find such roulette version that satisfies in corpora their most cherished venturesome desires.

Basic information

The goal of roulette game is to predict a particular number (as well as their combinations) or its certain characteristics (e.g. colour, high/low, odd/even) which a roulette ball hits on wheel.

Generally, the whole process of playing roulette games is organized in the following way. There are commonly six or eight players who stake at the table and a croupier as representative of the House.

Gamblers are free to make different roulette bet types (inside or outside) and locate the chips according to their choice. Then a croupier or dealer turns roulette wheel and spins the ball in opposite directions. This is exactly the moment when nobody is allowed to stake any more or change their bets. You could recognize it easily as croupier normally says 'No more bets'.

The only thing that is left to do is to wait and hope that you were lucky enough to guess the winning position. The ball slows down gradually and lands eventually into the one of slots on roulette wheel. The most exciting moment comes when croupier announces the winning number and lucky (or smart enough) players could grab their payoffs and exchange the chips for money at the cash desk.

As it was mentioned above, on the face of it, the game process seems to be too primitive and monotonous, but let us take a closer look at the variations and principles of roulette to prove the contrary.

American roulette

American roulette wheel is designed so it has 36 numbered pockets for numbers from 1 to 36, which are colored red and black by turns, and two green pockets for two zero positions: a single zero and a double zero. The latter slot is an exceptional and inherent feature of American roulette. The sense is that this additional slot influences roulette house edge (which is the difference between true payoff odds and those, which players really get in case they win) increasing it up to 5.26%.

European roulette

European roulette is actually almost the same as American one with one significant distinction. Its wheel is constructed so it has only one zero position for single zero. This peculiarity makes European version more attractive for players as it offers essentially lower house edge of 2.7% decreasing the House advantage over players.

French roulette

Again, French roulette differs not so much from other versions and, actually, is less widespread. It could be explained that a lot of casinos prefer to exclude this type of roulette from their range of products as French version decreases the house edge even more (down to 1.38%). The sense is that this game involves 'La Partage', rule which states that in case of ball landing on zero position players lose only the half of their bets and could withdraw the rest of their chips and quit.