Introduction to Roulette

There is something almost hypnotic in observing the ball run around the spun Roulette wheel before it lands in one of the pockets. One of the most interesting casino games, Roulette draws its origins from 18th century France, but today it is a classic game played widely in land-based and online casinos around the world.

The Roulette has faced various changes as time went by, but today we have two main types of Roulette: European and American. In European Roulette, the wheel contains 37 ball pockets (one of them being Zero); in American Roulette, there is an additional pocket (a Double Zero), making for a total of 38 ball pockets. The main consequence of these differences is a higher house edge in American Roulette, which is why European version remains the more popular one in online casinos – where players can choose the game regardless of their geography.

The goal of Roulette is to predict the landing pocket of the ball. Of course, chances to actually guess the exact pocket are small, which is why the most popular bets are those with the smallest house edge, such as colour bets (Red or Black), Even or Odd bets, and 1-18 or 19-37 bets. Still, experienced players also enjoy placing their chips on riskier bets which in turn bring greater profits.

There are several betting systems used with Roulette. Some popular betting systems rely on progressive betting, while others focus on the attempt to ride the winning colour streaks. Although none of them is reliable enough to guarantee a real advantage, these systems are still useful – the wise use of strategies often gives players better chances than blind luck only. With that, it’s no wonder that for some players, Roulette is a “little wheel” that paves the way for a big win!


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