Online Roulette rules are very much the same as the rules in a land based casino. Roulette is a simple game that anyone can sit down and start playing almost immediately without spending too much time studying the intricacies of the game. It is helpful to know the rules of any game before you start playing though so we will quickly go over the rules of the game so that you know what to expect when you sit down to start playing. After familiarizing yourself with the rules you will know about the different types of bets that can be made as well as the payoffs for winning the various wagers.
The Roulette Wheel
The dealer, or croupier spins the wheel in one direction and spins a ball in the opposite direction. As the ball loses speed and succumbs to gravity it bounces around until it lands on a particular number. The European Roulette wheel has 37 spaces on it. The numbers 1 through 36 are either red or black and the color alternates as you make your way around the wheel. There is also a green zero which represents the house. An American Roulette wheel has two green spaces, a zero and a double zero.
The Table Layout
The Roulette table has a number of spots where a player can make a wager by placing a chip or multiple chips. There is the green zero and then the red and black numbers from 1 through 36. In addition to the numbered spaces there are places where you can bet on the vertical rows, groups of a dozen numbers at a time, even or odd numbers, half the numbers from either 1 to 18 or 19 to 36 and of course there are the spots where you can bet on either red or black.
Wagers and Payouts
There are many places on the Roulette table that you can place a wager and the various wagers pay out different amounts when a bet is won. The wagers you can make are divided into two categories known as inside bets and outside bets.
If you bet on the single zero or any individual number and that number comes up when the ball stops, that bet would be paid off at 35 to 1. Betting on the numbers is known as making an inside bet because the numbers are surrounded by other betting spaces that we will discuss shortly.
In addition to betting the numbers straight up, or putting a bet on one number, you can put a chip on the line between two or more numbers to make other types of bets. For example if you put a chip on the line between two numbers you are betting that either of these numbers will come up. A winning bet that is split between two different numbers pays off at 17 to 1. You may also place a chip at the front of a row of three numbers and if any of those three numbers come up the bet pays off at 11 to 1. You may place a bet at the intersection of four different numbers and a winning bet here would pay off at 8 to 1. You may also place a bet covering six numbers at a time and a winning wager here would pay off at 5 to 1.
The outside bets are outside of the playing area consisting of the 36 numbered positions, the zero, and the double zero if you’re playing on an American wheel. There are a number of outside bets that can be made with some of them paying even money for a win or 1 to 1 and some of them paying 2 to 1 for a winning bet.
The bets that pay off at 2 to 1 will be clearly labeled so you will know what the payoff is. You can bet on one of the three vertical rows of numbers and if any of the numbers in that row were to come up your wager would be paid off at 2 to 1. There are also three bets that can be made that allow you to place a wager on a group of a dozen numbers either 1 through 12, 13 through 24, or 25 through 36. A winning wager on a group of a dozen numbers will also pay off a 2 to 1.
The outside bets that pay off at 1 to 1 consist of red or black, odd or even, and high or low. If you bet on red or black and the ball lands on the color you chose, your wager will be paid off at 1 to 1. The same goes for the odd and even bets, when the ball lands on a number if you have chosen odd or even correctly then your bet will be paid at 1 to 1. The high and low bets are divided into groups of 18 numbers. The low bet would be covering numbers 1 through 18 and the high bet would be covering numbers 19 through 36. Once again, a winning wager is an even money payoff.
The Objective of Roulette
The object of the game is to try to anticipate the position on the wheel in which the ball is going to land and place your bets accordingly. There are many different bets that can be made at the Roulette table. You may choose to place one chip on one wager or you may decide to spread chips all over the table, making many individual bets.
You can bet on multiple numbers at one time, you could place a wager on several outside bets at the same time, or you can choose any combination of inside and outside bets.
When you first sit down to play you would buy chips. Each player is given chips of a different color so everyone knows which chips belong to which player. Any table you play at will have table limits both minimum and maximum and your bet must be equal to or greater than the minimum amount without exceeding the table maximum. The dealer, or croupier spins the wheel and the ball then the players place their wagers wherever they like until the croupier informs everyone that no more wagers can be placed. The ball will bounce around and land in one of the slots on the wheel. This is what determines who will win and who will lose. The croupier will put a marker on the table on the number where the ball stopped on the wheel. The dealer will then collect any losing bets and pay off any winning bets before starting the process over again.
Roulette is a very popular game in many places around the world. It’s not as popular in the United States as it is in many other countries because the American version of Roulette has a zero and a double zero which represents the house while the European wheels have only a single zero. The single zero configuration gives the casino a smaller edge than the American version of Roulette. The house edge in American Roulette is a whopping 5.26% while the single zero European wheel gives the house an advantage of 2.7% which is still a significant edge but is far more favorable than the double zero configuration.
Playing roulette online is very much like playing in an off-line casino. The rules are the same and the graphics and sound effects of the online casinos simulate the look and feel of the game being played in a real, brick and mortar casino. Playing online has its advantages. You can play whenever you like, 24 hours per day, seven days per week and you can enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home. There’s no need to pack a bag and do any traveling.
Online casinos also offers some substantial sign-up bonuses when you sign up for an account and make an initial deposit. The sign-up bonuses are like free money that you get to play with. Online Roulette games can also be played without any money for those that still need to learn the game and are not quite ready for the real thing yet. You can practice for as long as you like and when you feel that you are ready you can play for real and give the casino a run for their money.