What is roulette?
Roulette is a game that has the “rulet” or “little wheel” as its core gameplay component. It is a game of probability and its devil is in the details. Even though the game has some of the odds on its side, it is still dependent on the element of chance for the larger probability of winning or losing the game.
The following is a brief informational nutshell about how to play the game:
- Players can either play the European version (the American one is double the spinner), or the French one, both of them have the same set of rules- There are a total of 37 or 38 numbers (the American version has an additional double 0), it is called the American roulette as the French version has 0 and 00- The croupier or the dealer spins the wheel in one direction, and then spins a small ball in the opposite direction in a circular track found at the edges of the wheel
- At the starting of the game, the dealer sets a betting limit for each roulette player, this is normally a big bet made in quintals. For instance a players first spin has a bet value of 50$, the second one 60$, the third one 80$, the fourth one 110$, the fifth one 170$, the sixth one 300$, up to a ceiling of 1000$
- When the winning color or number is identified by the dealer, the dealer puts a marker to the winning number with his hand. Now such marker can be exchanged for cash in the cash box.
- The player starts playing the next spin as the dealer has marked the winning number.
- When the second spin is completed, the dealer starts another betting round and turns the table to the next player.
- The dealer starts another round with the same values to bet, the only difference is that this time, the total bet is over 1000$.
- The dealer finally comes out with the third spin, and the process starts all over again from the player to the dealer.
Why is the game with a house edge called roulette? As a result of its single spin nature, roulette is a very predictable game, and the strategy is very easy to follow. In roulette, the probability of the ball landing on one of the numbered and colored pockets is the same for all the players, the only area where the players differ is on the betting approach; many players prefer to bet on numbers or colors, or use the main pockets to bet on. Payout schemes determine how much money will be returned to the player.
Dariusz Winser from POLAND, oven fromributed this extensively to POLAND, to the effect that the probability of hitting the winning number is 42.62%. Thomas Siebe from Germany calculated the probability of the roulette ball landing on a pocket with 38 numbers and calculated the payout to the player at 2.63% per spin.
The dewabet with the single 0 are the most frequent target for roulette players, as they hold the record for the highest payout of 33.49% for the game of roulette in the Monte Carlo Casino. That number of once in a lifetime!
The odds are always played on the basis of probability, the probability of the ball landing on a red, black, odd, even, 1-18, 19-36, 1-19, or 19-38. Odd, even, 0, 00 are the only two pocket colors with approximately 50% of the total numbers covered. Thus, from the group of 37 numbers, only 18 numbers are not covered and only 19 numbers have about 50% covered. The probability of the ball landing on any of the pockets is about 42% for both red and black, and about 51% for odd, even, 1-18, and 19-36.
However, some players claim they have done calculations and the odds are not as good as they first appeared. The reason they give is that they count the entire pocket as one number, and by doing this the odds are reduced by half. For example, there are 38 numbers from the 0 to 36, and about 50 numbers between the 37 and 36. The 18 numbers between 37 and 38 have only about a 42% chance of being covered, while the rest have about a 49% chance. Therefore, if the player bets those 18 numbers, the winnings will be only 8 to 10 times than if the player played all 38 numbers.
However, if the player splits the numbers from 0 to 18, the odds only change a little, from about 49% to 51%. That’s only a 2% change, much more than many players are willing to wait for.
The history of roulette is a wonderful guide to the odds of the game, and the only one I have found that teaches the game with enthusiasm.