Roullete, or roulette in English, is a casino game which involves spinning a wheel and betting on the numbers it will land on. There are a number of different types of bets in the game. These include placing bets on individual numbers, various groupings of numbers, colors red and black, odd or even numbers, high or low numbers, and whether the ball will stop in a single number or within a particular range of numbers (such as 1, 2, 3, etc). The house edge of roulette is roughly 2.7%.
The wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with a metal perimeter around it. Around this are thirty-six metal compartments called pocky, frets or canoes by roulette croupiers. These are painted alternately red and black and numbered non-consecutively from one to 36. There is also a second, green compartment on American wheels labelled 0. There are no other divisions on the wheel and it spins smoothly in an almost frictionless manner.
Before the roulette ball is spun, players place their bets by laying them on a special betting mat with precise placement of chips indicating the wager being made. The payout for winning bets is indicated on the betting area. In the game of roulette, bets placed on six numbers or less are known as inside bets. Bets placed on 12 numbers or more are known as outside bets.
There are many, possibly millions of systems and strategies for playing roulette and supposedly gaining an edge over the house. But in the end, all of them have to do with attempting to beat the mathematical odds of the game by adjusting the player’s stake amounts.
There are three main roulette variations – American, European and French. Each has subtle differences which every roulette player should be aware of.