Wheeling, Dealing and Winning with Roulette
Ever watch those movies that have scenes shot in Las Vegas gambling halls? For sure, you won't miss out on that gambling game featuring a spinning wheel with lots of divisions and a small white ball going through it. That game is called roulette and here's how you play the game.
Roulette is a banking game. All bets are placed against the house. (In home games, a player is chosen to be the banker. Turn as banker may pass to the next player when a zero appears, or by other rule agreed upon by the players). As many may play as can get close enough to bet.
The necessary equipment for the game is a special wheel, a betting lay-out and chips. The wheel is divided into 37 (for European style of play) or 38 (American style) sections, each of which has walls to hold securely the small ball spun in the wheel when it comes to rest. The sections are numbered from one to 36, half red and half black, plus a green section marked "zero". In American wheels, another green section is marked as double zero.
Players bet on the lay-out for a number, group of numbers or color which they expect to win. In a casino, the house is represented by several croupiers; one of them, the tourneur, spins the wheel in one direction and tosses the ball in the opposite direction. In home games, the banker performs this operation. The ball will come to rest in one of the numbered sections, indicating the winning number. The bank plays or collects from each bettor and then bets may be placed for the next spin.
For winning a bet on red, black, low (1-18), high (19-36), even or odd, the bank pays even money. For winning a bet on the dozen (1-12, 13-24 or 25-36) or on the column in which the winning number falls, the bank pays two to one.
For a bet on the winning number itself, the bank pays 35 to one; for a bet on either of two numbers, one of which wins, 17 to one; for a bet on three numbers, one of which wins, 11 to one; for a bet on four numbers, one of which wins, eight to one and for a bet on six numbers, one of which wins, the pay is five to one.
When a zero or double-zero comes up, the house pays bets on zero (or double-zero), or on the zero (or double-zero) and other adjacent numbers in combination with it, but collects on all other bets.
The house percentage with the European wheel (zero only) is 2.7%; with the American wheel, 5.26%. These odds assume a professional quality, unbiased wheel. No matter what system of betting is used, the bank will get this percentage in the long run.
There you have it, the rudiments of Roulette. Why not start wheeling, dealing and winning your way to the top of the Roulette world.