The information below should prove useful to those who have yet to experience the thrill of roulette. Roulette is a casino game popular all over the world, and uses a spinning wheel with either 37 or 38 coloured and numbered slots, a small ball, and a corresponding betting table.
Players choose to wager on a single number, groups of numbers, or categories which have to do with the numbers (such as high or low numbers). Once all bets have been made, the dealer (known as the croupier) starts spinning the wheel. The small ball is then introduced onto the track running around the wheel, tossed in the opposite direction to which the wheel is spinning. When the wheel and ball slow down, the ball eventually comes to rest in one of the numbered pockets; this number determines the outcomes of the bets
The following roulette tips and techniques have been developed over several decades spent playing the game, and while our fortunes have often imitated the tides at Byron Bay, these tips have, and continue to be, an important source of reference.
Beginners Play for Free – If you are just beginning your career as a roulette master, there’s no reason to throw away money on a game you don’t understand. That’s why we suggest practising play first. Land-based casinos don’t have free tables on the floor, but a few (not many) offer complimentary classes which teach the nuances of the game. If you find any which do a such, take advantage.
However, the much more convenient option to to play online. Online casinos are perfect for free play, as almost all of them offer practice play on the majority of their games, without wagering real cash. This is where you should begin, and once you are comfortable, simply deposit some dollars and try you hand at winning real money.
While playing hundreds of practice games won’t improve our odds of beating random chance, it will allow us to better understand how roulette works, and what all the different bets are; and this, like any other game we learn and understand, improves how we play, and our success rate. Again, web-based casinos make practising until our heart is content possible, with no need to wait around for dealers to pay out players, collect chips, or call for assistance; everything is computer-generated and the turn over for each spin is as quick as you choose it to be.
Remember the Luck Factor – As we all know, the game of roulette primarily depends on luck. No amount of skill or preparation will allow for consistent wins and consistent profits. Players who acknowledge this fact early in their gaming career; that by and large the results are out of your hands, will often enjoy the experience of playing the game a lot more than those who do not acknowledge such a fact.
Know the Bets – Any roulette game you play for real cash will hold a minimum and maximum betting amount, and it is imperative to pay attention to these limits. Often, the minimum and maximum amounts will be different for the outside and the inside bets, and thus should be listed next to the table. Because of the higher payouts on inside wager, table limits are commonly lower such bets.
The game of roulette offers a wide range of possible bets, from the simple to the more complex wagers. For a list and explanation of all the available wagers, read over our roulette rules article. Become familiar with all the available bets so you understand their payouts, and which suit your style of play best. Many online casinos allow you to view all possible wagers with a click of the mouse, or hovering over the desired betting area, a key advantage to playing over the Internet.
Play European Wheels Where Possible – The wheel used in European roulette has 36 numbers and a single zero, while the American version of the game has 36 numbers, a single zero, and a double zero. The presence of the double zero makes a major difference to the advantage the casino holds; the house edge is raised from 2.7%to 5.26%. Thus, it is always advisable to play the European version of roulette (includes the French version) over its American counterpart.
Play Outside Bets – While inside wagers offer significantly larger payouts, they also give the player a much smaller chance of winning. Even money wagers (classified as outside bets), where the payout is 1:1, obviously have more frequent success than inside bets, because such bets cover a lot more of the numbers. The even-money bets in roulette are Even & Odd, Red & Black, and High (1-18) & Low (19-36). So if you want better odds of winning your bet, play the outside more than the inside. The chance of winning a bet placed on Red is 48.65%, rather than placing a corner bet, for example, which holds a 10.81% chance of success (both percentages calculated based on European roulette).
Watch for Patterns – If you are playing at a brick-and-mortar establishment, it doesn’t hurt to watch for lazy dealers who drop the ball in the same location or even biased wheels, where the ball lands in one particular area more often. This is highly unlikely, due to the professional nature of casinos, but there’s nothing wrong with trying to capitalise on a rare occurrence. This is not plausible if playing online, because random number generators are used, and if playing with a live dealer over the Web, the chances are slim-to-none there would be room for any such unprofessional behaviour.
Put These Tips in to Action at a Reputable Casino – Unethical casinos — especially in the online variety — have been known to refuse payments, and even steal money from player accounts.
So head to one of these casinos and start playing with the confidence gained from the above suggestions. While the game largely relies on luck, roulette tips help us prepare and increase our understanding of the game, and thus our winning chances. Sound knowledge builds self-assurance, so whether you are playing online or at a land-based casino, take note of the above advice when you approach the iconic roulette wheel.