Roullete, or roulette, is a casino game that has offered glamour, intrigue and excitement to players since the 17th century. It is a game of chance, but it offers a surprising level of depth for serious betters and can be played for low stakes. It is also one of the few games where a proper strategy can lead to consistently winning bets.
The game’s rules are simple, and the betting process is quick and easy. The player puts chips on the table that correspond to the desired bets. Generally, bets are placed on groups of numbers, colors or whether they are odd or even. There are a few different types of bets including straight-up, split, column and dozens. These bets differ in the number of chips required to place them, and the payout amounts.
As with many other casino games, there are a multitude of strategies and systems that can be used to improve the odds of winning. Some of these are widely known, others are obscure. A few that are well known include the Martingale and Labouchere systems.
A roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape. Around its rim are thirty-six metal compartments (called frets or compartments by roulette croupiers) painted alternately red and black and numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. A green compartment labelled ‘zero’ is also present on most European wheels, while American roulette wheels feature two additional green compartments labeled ‘0’ and ’00’.
When playing roulette, the dealer distributes colored chips to each player to distinguish them from the other players at the table. When the wheel spins and the ball lands, the losing bets are cleared off the table, while the winning bets are paid out. When the winning bets are cashed in, the dealer places a marker on the winning chip to indicate its value and removes it from the table.