Roulette is an exciting casino game that has been played since the 17th century. It has offered glamour and mystery to players around the world, but it also offers a surprising level of depth for serious betters who know how to play it correctly.
The game is based on a single wheel that spins either clockwise or counter-clockwise, with a set of numbered pockets on the outer edge. The ball is tossed into the wheel, and when it lands in one of the pockets, the player wins their bet.
There are a number of different “inside” bets that players can place on the numbers in the wheel. These bets include single-number bets, various groupings of numbers, the color red or black, whether the numbers are odd or even, and more.
Besides these types of inside bets, there are also “outside” bets that players can place. These bets are more conservative and are based on a particular category of numbers rather than the specific ones you’re betting on. These outside bets are usually a bit lower in payout, but they are more lucrative for those who know how to play the game properly and make sound decisions.
Split Bet: A bet on two numbers straddling the line between them, this bet has a payout of 17-1 and can be placed with up to three chips.
Street Bet: A bet on a row of three numbers, this is another type of bet that has many names and has a payout of 11-1. This bet is also called a side bet, and it can be placed with up to three chips.
Odd or Even: A bet that the winning number is one of the 18 odd numbers, or one of the 18 even numbers. This is another type of bet that has a payout of 1-1.
High or Low: A bet that the winning number is from the first 18 on the layout (first dozen) or the last 18 on the layout (19-36). This bet has a payout of 1-1 and can be placed with up to three chip(s).
Unlike American and European roulette, there are some variations in the rules of the French game. These are known as La Partage and En Prison, and they reduce the house edge to 1.35% for even-money bets on all of the inside and outside bets.
There are also two types of bets on the French table – ones where you can only win when the number you’re betting on comes up, and ones that don’t. In addition, there are some special betting rules where you can bet on two zeros to pair up in a line.