Roulette is a popular casino game named after the French for little wheel.
To determine the winning number and colour the croupier spins the wheel in one direction and then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel. The ball eventually loses momentum and falls onto the wheel and into one of 37 (French/European roulette) or 38 (American roulette) coloured and numbered pockets on the wheel.
There are numerous free bets for roulette online...making it a very popular choice with online gamblers.
The Roulette wheel was inadvertently invented by Blaise Pascal...a French physicist, inventor, and mathematician. In 1655 Pascal tried to invent a perpetual motion machine.
A perpetual motion machine is one that continues to operate without drawing energy from external sources. The laws of physics say this is impossible but Pascal was attempting to rewrite the laws. His experiments failed...but his efforts gave birth to one of the most popular casino games of all time.
The zero did not appear on Roulette wheels until the mid-19th century. In 1842 Francois and Lois Blanc designed a Roulette wheel with a single zero on it for King Charles III of Monaco. This wheel is usually referred to as European Roulette. The addition of a zero was not great for the players because it gave the house a bigger house edge. This was the whole point though. With his kingdom facing big financial troubles, Charles built a casino and brought the Roulette wheel to the huddles masses. The wheel generated significant income for Monaco...and it quickly became an important symbol for Monte Carlo's sophisticated gambling culture.
Roulette made its way across the Atlantic in the 1800s and - to give the house an even bigger edge - a double zero was added to the Roulette wheel. That means that the American Roulette has 38 numbers...compared to the 37 of European Roulette.
Roulette is popular with first time casino visitors because it is really easy to understand and can be a nice social game. Even a novice bettor can understand the basic rules. Place some chips on a number. If the ball lands on your number you win. If it doesn't you don't. Simple!
However, if you don't have a strategy in place the Roulette wheel will eventually clear out your wallet due to the house edge (5.26% for standard American Roulette and 2.70% for standard European Roulette).
Before you get started you need to understand the range of bets that can be placed. Note: The payouts and odds of winning listed below apply to European Roulette. Due to the reasons mentioned in the video above I NEVER play American Roulette.
As you can see from the odds above...there are no risk free bets for roulette. The house appears to have an an edge no matter what you do.
You clearly want to be betting on the bets with the smallest house edge. Personally I stick to the 'Outside Bets' (Odd, Even, Red, Black, 1 to 18 and 19 to 36).
When betting in a real casino you can eke out quite a long time of play without losing much at all if you stick to the Outside Bets. Slow playing Outside Bets on a European Roulette table can be a great way to get lots of free drinks from the casino because the longer you play the greater the chance you have of multiple visits from the cocktail waitress! If I drink more in free drinks than I lose playing Roulette I definitely class it as a winning session! :)
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Also, when playing at a casino, I like to watch at least 10 spins to try and determine if there are any biases. Some wheels may be more likely to land on odd / even / black / red for example, than others. Also observe how the croupier is spinning the wheel. If they have been playing the game for so long that they spin the wheel with the same force every time this can result in a more predictable result...giving you a edge!
I enjoy the thrill - and free booze! - of playing in a casino...but it is online where you find free bets for roulette.
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