HOW TO PLAY: Roulette
Online roulette features a wheel, a ball and a board. The roulette board includes the numbers 1 to 36, and a single zero in European roulette and a double zero in American roulette. Numbers are black or red, and the zero or double zero are usually green.
Boards also feature places for odd, even, red, black, 1-18, 19-36, 1st 12, 2nd 12 and 3rd 12 bets. The wheel has the same numbers found on the board.
Bets can be made on a single number or on a combination of numbers (for example, betting on even or odd numbers). Zero and double zero are neither even nor odd.
Betting on 1st 12, 2nd 12 and 3rd 12 means bets are placed on 12 numbers at once. Bets can also be made on a line of numbers, a set of numbers forming a square on the board, and a column of numbers.
Once bets are placed, hit the Spin or Deal button to spin the wheel. The ball will bounce around and eventually stop in one of the numbered pockets. If it falls on the number you’ve bet, you will be paid out based on your wager.
Inside and Outside Bets
Roulette offers many different bet combinations, and wagers are either considered inside bets or outside bets.
Inside bets involve all the numbers on the board—0, 00, 1 through 36. Players can bet on one number or a combination by placing chips on a line or corner connecting multiple numbers. Because they involve fewer numbers, inside bets usually have greater payouts than outside bets.
Outside bets surround the board—even, odd, 1st 12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12, column bets, red and black.
Live Roulette vs. Online Roulette
Online roulette offers some advantages over the live game:
- The online game is a lot faster, mostly because you don’t have to wait for other players to place bets.
- Players work directly with the dealer so it’s easy to place bets.
- Bet minimums are lower.
- Beginners won’t feel intimated by more experienced players in the live game.
The individual payouts and game bonuses vary by online casino.