How do I play the game Roulette at the casino? Need to know the rules to this game.?

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  • ZCT
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    It's a really simple game to learn and play.

    There is a wheel numbered from 1-36. In addition to those numbers there is a zero, and in most American casinos a double zero. The zeros are green in color, and the other numbers are red or black (18 red, 18 black).

    When you go to the table, check the table limits. If you are new, you obviously want to find a low limit table of $1 or less per chip. Wait for one of the croupiers and place some cash or casino chips on the table (not on any bet), ask for chips.

    In roulette each player has his/her own color of chips. When you buy in for say $100, they will give you 100 colored chips each worth a dollar (or whatever that table limit is). When you are done playing you need to cash these out, as you cannot spend them anywhere else in the casino.

    Once you have your chips, wait until it is time to bet. This is basically after the croupier says, "Place your bets." You will then have less than a minute to place whatever bets you like on the table. After a while he will start the wheel spinning, and eventually he will say, "No more bets." You then wait to see where the little white ball lands to see if you win.

    The table contains three columns of numbers each containing a third of the numbers from 1-36. You can bet on any number, or a variety of numbers. For example you could place one of your chips on 4, 16, and 30. If one of those comes up you win $35, and get to keep your $1 bet. This is the best payout in roulette, but since the wheel could stop in any one of 38 places, your odds are not that good of guessing it correctly. The more numbers you bet, the more likely you are to win, but equally the more you are risking. You are not restricted to betting just a single chip on a single number, you can bet multiple chips, up to the table limits. You could bet ten chips on 18 for example, and if it comes in you win $350, and your $10 back.

    It is also possible to bet a chip to cover more than one number. For example you can place a chip on the line between 2 and 3. You are now going to win if 2 or 3 come in. But of course the casino is going to pay you less money, $17 on either number, plus your money back.

    In fact you can cover numbers on the table in groups of 2, 3, 4, or 6. I'll try and find you a link to show you how that is done.

    As you cover more numbers, you are more likely to win, but your payout odds go down accordingly.

    If you cannot reach a specific bet you'd like to make you can pass your chip to one of the croupiers and call out what you'd like. If you were at the bottom of the table, furthest from the wheel, and you want to bet on zero, just hand him a chip and say, "Zero." He will take your chip and place it for you.

    You will also notice other bets around the table. For example red, black, 1-18, 19-36, odd or even. These are pretty obvious bets. You are basically betting that the number will be red, or be in the 1-18 range, or will be even etc. If you win one of these bets you will get even money. Bet a dollar and win, you get a dollar, plus your dollar back. In other words if you win, you double your money, if you lose you lose.

    In most casinos these bets are a higher limit. Casinos don't really want someone to come to the table, buy in for $100, and sit there for the entire evening betting $1 on red every time the wheel spins. It would be a very long and tedious night of them not making much money.

    So generally the even money bets like these are 5-10 times the table limit. So a $1 table, may require that you bet $5 or even $10 on these kinds of bets. The table minimums and maximums are clearly displayed, but if in doubt just ask.

    Finally, there are betting places at the foot of each of the three coloumns I mentioned earlier. Betting these covers 1/3rd of the numbers from 1-36 and pays 2-1. So if you bet on the first column and 1 rolls in, you'd win $2, plus your $1 back.

    A lot of people dis roulette because it has a high house advantage (especially in America). If you played $100,000 at roulette, the odds are you will lose about $5,260. Of course in the short term, you can hit the table, catch some lucky numbers and walk away a winner.

    Keep in mind that the nice thing about roulette is that it is a nice simple game of chance. You can't really bet wrong and worsen your odds.

    People that urge you to play black jack, craps, video poker etc. are correct that these games have a lower house edge. But ONLY correct if you know how to play them, and play perfect strategy. Unless you know how to do that, your odds get a lot worse. Therefore if you are a novice, you might just as well play roulette as any other game. Just don't bet more than you can comfortably afford to lose, and have fun.

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  • Penny
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    But that 49% chance of doubling your money just seems too good to be true If everyone in the world did it... the casinos would make a ton of money. Therefore it is allowed. Casinos look from the stance: we are more then likely to make money per person, thus if we attract enough people to do it, we'll make money. Hope that helps, Mackler Note: The actual best odds are in craps, which the house has about a 1.4 ish advantage. The odds are even lower then that for roulette.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Roulette uses a spinning wheel to generate the winning number. European wheels contain numbers from 1 to 36 and 0. American wheels have a 00 in addition to the above numbers. The betting area is usually laid out on both sides of the wheel. Each area contains the numbers laid out in a matrix of 12 rows and 3 columns for players to place their bets on. Half the numbers are red and half are black. The 0 and 00 are not coloured. Different roulette tables have different maximum and minimum limits and player should play at the table appropriate to their bankroll.

    When the bets have been placed, the wheel is spun and the ball released in the opposite direction. When the wheel stops the ball rests on a number. The winning colour and number are called out for everyone to hear. The croupiers collect the bets that have lost and pay out the bets that have one. Fresh bets are then placed. The attraction of roulette is the large variety of bets.

    The bets can be classified into two broad groups – inside bets and outside bets.

    The inside bets are so called because they are places on the inside of the main block and constitute betting on from one number to a group of six numbers.

    A straight bet is a wager on a single number and is paid out at 35:1. The chips are placed within the cell containing the number. A split bet is a wager on two adjacent numbers, horizontally or vertically aligned, and is paid out at 17:1. The chips are placed on the line separating the two numbers.

    A street bet is a wager on a row of three numbers and is paid out at 11:1. The chips are placed alongside the row.

    A square bet is a wager on four numbers in a square formation and is paid out at 8:1. The chips are placed at the centre of the square.

    A sixline bet is a wager on two adjacent rows of three and is paid out at 5:1. The chips are place between the rows. The outside bets are placed outside the main block and constitute betting on twelve or eighteen numbers.

    The outside bets are as follows.

    A column bet is a wager on one of the three vertical columns and is paid out at 2:1. The chips are placed below the column. A group bet is a wager on numbers 1 to 12, or 13 to 24 or 25 to 36. The chips are placed in a designated area outside the main block.

    An even money bet is a wager on a group of eighteen numbers. The three even money bets are red or black, odd or even and 1 to 18 or 19 to 36. All even money bets are paid out at 1:1. The chips are placed in a designated area outside the main block. American casinos have a special bet covering 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3 that is paid out at 6:1.

    I hope this helps and good luck playing!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Some words just to addition to excellent answers. More two rules for playing roulette offline:

    1. Remember to get your chips from your croupier. And once the croupier has closed the table, no player is allowed to place further bets or wagers.

    2. Players are prohibited to touch the wheel or the ball.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Roulette is a very simple game, requiring no skill, and after while only a step up from a slot machine for entertainment value as it has the social aspects of playing with others.

    **The object**: to get lucky on the outcome of spinning the roulette wheel, specifically which numbered slot a little ball will fall in.

    **The wheel**: has 36 numbered slots, numbered 1 through 36 and, a zero (0) slot and on an American roulette wheel a double zero (00) slot as well. Half the numbers are printed on a red background (these are the red numbers) while the other half are printed on a black background (these are the black numbers), while the 0 and 00 are printed on a green background.

    **Bets**: The initially confusing thing about roulette is the betting options and payout rates for each option, but these become old hat fairly quickly. In roulette you can place one bet on a single number (1 through 36 and even 0 or 00), 2 numbers, 3 numbers, 4 numbers, 6 numbers, 12 numbers, or 18 numbers (red numbers, black numbers, even or odd numbers, first 18 numbers, last 18 numbers). There may be different minimum betting limits for various bets, and those rules will be posted. For instance a $1 bet may be allowed on a single number, but on 18 numbers a minimum of $10 may be enforced.

    **Payouts**: Spreading one bet over more numbers increased your odds of winning something, but consequently the payout will be less. If you bet $1 on one number and win you'll be paid $35 (35 to 1), if your one bet is on 2 numbers the payout will be $17 (17 to 1), if you bet $1 on black or red or 18 numbers the payout will be only $1, and so forth. The banker at the game will handle payouts accurately so you need not worry. The fewer numbers your bet is spread across the better the payout, but the less likely you will win something.

    That's the basics, from here you can probably figure out the most of the rest by watching a game in progress.

    OK you know the basics, and watched a game in progress, and now you want to play. Here's what you do:

    **Cash in**: Ask to join the game (laying your money or standard casino chips on the felt away from the betting squares is a silent way of making this request). Each player gets their own special coloured chips that can only be used at the roulette table, and provided a colour is available you can join the game. In exchange for regular casino chips or cash, you will be given a stack of chips as per the table limit and your preference. If you have $100 and want to bet $1 at a time, the coupier will give you 100 chips, if you rather bet $5 at a minimum at a time, the coupier will give you 20 chips valued at $5 each . That's the nice thing about roulette you can be placing your $1 chips while some high roller next to you is placing their chips that look exacly like yours except for the colour and the fact that they're valued at $100 each. Each player has their own special roulette table coloured chips valued as appropriate for them.

    **Placing a bet**: Having your own coloured chips, you now want to place a bet. Provided the coupier has paid off the previous round, you can now place new bets. As you know you can bet on 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, or 18 numbers. It would be helpful to look at a diagram of the betting area while I try to explain (see the link at the bottom). The betting area has 3 columns of numbers and each column has 12 numbers (3x12=36 numbers) each in their own box, on the side of the columns are boxes clearly marked for even, odd, red, black, first 12 (numbers), 1-18 numbers, etc. You can put a bet in any box or between some boxes on the felt. To bet on one number you place your bet on top of the number. To bet on 2 numbers you place your bet on the line between two numbers you want. To bet 3 numbers you'd place your bet on either the left or right (which every is most convenient) most line of a 3 number row. For 4 numbers you'd place your bet on the intersection of the 4 boxes of the numbers. For 6 numbers, you'd place your bet on the right or left intersection of two rows (each of 3 numbers). For 12 numbers you'd place the bet on a special box outside the 3 columns of numbers or in a box or line at the bottom of one of the 3 columns (each column has 12 numbers in it). For 18 numbers you'd place your bet in a specifc box outside the 3 columns, similarly for red, black, even number, or odd number bets you'd place your bet in the appropriate box.

    **More bets**: Most roulette players place more than one bet for each wheel spin. Maybe 3 chips on one number here, then a bunch of chips on red, and say more chips on the first 12 numbers box, etc. For those hard to reach spots on the betting area, you can pass the dealer chips and ask them to place the bet for you. Since every player has different coloured chips, it makes things very easy for players to make the same bets. A stack of chips of different colours means simply that several players are making the same bet, and the coupier knows how much to pay to who as all the players have their own distinct colour.

    **No more bets** The coupier will declare this and wave their arm over the betting area, when the ball in the wheel is about to drop, and once the ball settles into a slot, the losing bets are taken away, while the winning bets are paid off.

    **Strategy** There is no strategy for roulette. It is a completely random game (actually it was orginally develped by mathematicians to generate random numbers, and later became a game). You may see players with roulette cards, writing down and trying to track the roulette results and thereby predict the future, or perhaps the casino has an electronic display of past spins. It's all superstition, is alot of work and doesn't work. Just like a coin being tossed does not know if it landed on heads or tails before, the roulette wheel also has no memory between spins.

    **Winning** Like any game of chance you can get lucky and win at Roulette but the odds are against it, and as such if you play long enough you will lose all your money eventually. The reason is that the Casino has a built in edge. Say you bet $1 on one number, the payout is $35, but the odds of hitting one number is 38 to 1 (ie 38 slots, numbers 1-36, 0 and 00), and so the true odds and payout would be $38 for you to statistically break even, but the casino always pays less than true odds, and that;s where they make their profit. If you want to play for as long as possible, statistically you need to limit how many bets you place and limit the amount you bet. Bet less and lose at a slower rate.

    **Losing** Yes in the long run and ignoring some lucky short term wins, you will lose all your money at roulette, call it the price of entertainment. For roulette the loss rate is just over 5%, meaning on average you will lose about 5 cents per dollar bet. Say you walked in with $100, and bet on aveage $20 per spin (you know a dollar on that number, $2 on 3 numbers, $5 on a column of 12, etc), and there are 25 spins per hour, and you stay for 4 hours, then your loss rate would be 5% of the total amount you bet: $20 per spin x 25 spins/hour x 4 hours =$2000 bet and 5% of that is $100. In other words your $100 would be wiped out statistically in about 4 hours on average, sometimes it wil take longer and other times you'll tap out sooner.

    **Leaving** To leave a game, simply ask to cash in your chips. Roulette chips can't be used else where in the casino, only at the roulette table.

    There's lots of terminology and slang the roulette addicts like to use, A "street" is a row of 3 numbers), a "square" bet is a 4 numbers bet, trends, betting progressions, etc. None of which is needed to understand or enjoy the game.

    One last point, if you sum the numbers 1 through 36, the grand total is... 666.. which pretty much says it all.

    Good luck..

    For more information check out this link:

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The most important thing to know is it is almost the worst odds you can get for winning. Play Blackjack.

    • 6 years agoReport

      Play blackjack IF you are good at blackjack. If not, you'll probably do worse than even roultette.

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