How to Play Roulette Online vs In-Person

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Are you thinking of having a go at playing roulette online? Have you wondered whether it might be different to roulette in a casino?

Roulette is one of the oldest casino games in the world. It’s also one of the games with the best winning odds. 

So, it seems like something to give a try, right?

Well, let us walk you through the essentials of how to play roulette.

Roulette Essentials

No, this isn’t Russian roulette. We are talking about the classic casino game of roulette!

Here are the main points to note when you play roulette online:

There are two features of the game. The first is a wheel around which a metal ball spins before falling in and landing on a number. The numbers on the wheel range from 0 to 36. 

The second feature of the game is a large board with all of the numbers corresponding to the wheel. Players place chips on a board according to the type of bet they want to place.

All of the odd numbers are colored red. All of the even numbers are colored black. The 0 is colored green.

The roulette board is quite large and there are a lot of different ways that you can bet. Let’s look at these different ways in detail. 

Roulette Bet Types

It is important to remember that roulette odds change depending on the type of bet you place. 

Roulette payouts range from 1-to-1 (if you put down $1 you will get $2 in return) all the way up to 35-to-1 (if you put down $1 you will get $36 back). 

The main bets that people place on the roulette board include are the following:

  • Bet on the ball landing on a particular number
  • Bet on the ball landing on a black number
  • Bet on the ball landing on a red number
  • Bet on the ball landing on an even number
  • Bet on the ball landing on an odd number

Betting on a particular number is obviously quite risky because there are 37 possible numbers (including 0) that the ball can land on.

On the other hand, betting on red/black or even/odd is quite a low-risk bet. This is almost a 50/50 bet (it's not quite 50/50 because the zero is not red, black, even, or odd).

Aside from these main types of bets, there are some other ways to place bets. For example, you can bet on two numbers by placing chips on the border between two numbers. You can also bet on four numbers at the same time by placing chips at the point where four numbers meet on the board. 

Other than red/black and odd/even, there is another way to bet on half the numbers. You can do this by betting on sections of numbers - either 1 to 18 or 19-36.

It is also possible to bet on a set of 12 numbers at one time (a third of the numbers). You can do this by betting on one of the three columns on the board, or by betting one of the three divisions of numbers (1-12, 13-24, or 25-36).

Although there are so many different possibilities, you can actually make lots of different types of bets at the same time. Read on to find out about the strategy behind this.

Roulette Strategy

Your online roulette strategy needs to take the different odds available into consideration. The first point to understand is that the house will always make a profit. In roulette, this is because the number 0 is not red, black, even, or odd. 

The next thing you want to remember is the importance of ‘hedging your bets’. This means combining different types of bets to increase your odds of winning.

For example, betting on a single number will bring you a lot of money if you win, but it is also very risky. One strategy is to combine a high-risk bet with a low-risk bet. So, if you want to bet on your favorite number - for example, 15 - combine this with a bet on odd numbers. 

The benefit of this is that you give yourself a chance to win big, but you also give yourself a good chance of winning your money back, even if you lose one of your bets.

Have a Go Playing Roulette Online!

Roulette is one of the easiest casino games to play. If it looks daunting at first, just have a go and you will soon work it out. 

But always be smart with your gambling and don’t let it get the better of you. Remember, the house always wins. So, have fun, but know when to walk away.

If you have learned something from this, why don’t you check out some more of our other betting and casino articles? Read more gambling and gaming articles before you play more roulette online so you can win big!

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