Las Vegas Roulette

RouletteOne of the more popular forms of gambling in Las Vegas is that of Roulette. It originated in France in the late 1700’s and soon spread throughout the gambling world. Said to be the domain of the devil as the sum of all the numbers on the wheel add up to 666 – the sign of the beast – Roulette is also often referred to as the ‘King of Casino Games’.

How to play Roulette

The game consists of a layout board with various compartments marked red, black, odd, even, 1st 12, 2nd 12 and 3rd 12 and so on, encompassing all forms of bets set out below. The punter’s chips are placed on the layout board during wagering. There are also green areas marked ‘0’, in the case of European Roulette, and a further ’00’ in the case of American Roulette. The green areas where added later in the game’s history in an effort to increase the house odds.

There is also the famed ‘small wheel, after which roulette is actually named, and a ball which spins around the wheel in a groove, or compartment.

The wheel itself is fragmented into various numbered compartments from 1 to 36 in alternating red and black, the numbers do not appear in numerical order, but are randomly decided.

Punters can bet on:

  • A single number
  • A column or row of numbers
  • Red or black
  • Odd or even
  • Numbers 1 through 18
  • Numbers 19 through 36

Punters make their bets by placing chips on the chosen numbers on the betting layout, and betting continues until the croupier says “No more bets”. Odds will range from even money to 35-1. The value of the chips is determined when the punter purchases them on entering the casino.

Once the betting is closed the croupier spins the wheel in one direction, and the ball in the other. When the ball comes to rest on a number, all wagers are settled by the house. The payout is determined by the croupier according to the number of chips wagered, and how many numbers were covered.

Types of Bets – Inside Bets

  • Straight Up – the chip is placed on a single number ranging from zero (as is the case in European & American roulette), or double zero (as is the case in American roulette), and any other number from 1 to 35.
  • Splits – the chip is placed on either the vertical or horizontal line between two numbers and can be on any two numbers from 17 to 1, as in 14 & 17, or 8 & 9.
  • Street or 3 Numbers – is a bet on three numbers on a single horizontal line. The chip is placed on the edge of the line, and at the end of the line of the three chosen numbers.
  • Corner or Square – is a bet on four numbers which form a square. The chip is placed on the vertical and horizontal intersection of the lines between the chosen numbers.
  • Six Numbers or Sixaine – is a bet on two adjoining streets, or 3 numbers. The chip is placed at the intersection of the two 3 Numbers.

Outside Bets

  • Column Bet – is a bet on all twelve numbers in a column. The chip is placed in the space below the final number of the chosen column.
  • Red or Black – is a bet on all the red numbers, or all the black numbers, depending upon which the punter wants to bet on. The chips are placed on the corresponding red or black box.
  • Odd or Even – is a bet on all the odd numbers, or all the even numbers, again depending upon which the punter has chosen. The chip or chips will either be placed on the odd box, or the even box.
  • Dozens – is a bet on groups of twelve – 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36. The chips will be placed in the relevant box, either 1st 12, 2nd 12 or 3rd twelve, as found on the board layout.

Las Vegas Roulette has been intriguing and frustrating punters since the dawn of gambling in Las Vegas, and is available at all the top casinos in and around Sin City. If you prefer to gamble in the comfort of your own home, go online and try your hand at Roulette today!