When it comes to gambling and betting in general, there are a lot of games to choose from. Everybody has his or her own preferences, but choosing your preferred game comes down to choosing what is most fun for you to play. Although there are many games, time has proven that roulette is one of the most popular ones. It is so because it is extremely exciting and fun to play. It gives you the opportunity to test your luck and have a lot of fun in the process. Although sometimes luck may not be on your side, playing roulette will be an enjoyable experience in most cases.
The first version of roulette was invented in France somewhere in the 18th century. The name came from a French word for “little wheel”, which is as you probably know the key part of the game. Playing roulette is simple which is one of the main things that makes it so enjoyable. The main idea is that you have a wheel with a set of numbers on it. After the wheel starts spinning, a ball is ejected and you place a bet on which number it may land. If you guess the right number, or set of numbers, you win. It’s as simple as that!
So, what is American Roulette? It is a version of the original Roulette game with a couple of modifications that make it different. There are other variations of the game such as European, Mini, French, and Roulette Royale which all come with their own sets of rules. American Roulette differs than the European and French version in some fields. The main difference is that the European game has 37 numbers whilst the American version has 38 in its Roulette wheel. The 38th number is a double zero which is an addition to the single zero field. Both are green in order to contrast the black and red colors.
Roulette has three key elements. You have the wheel, the betting table, and lastly the chips which you use in order place your bet. Chips are used as a betting currency which you can exchange for money after you are done playing. They come in different values from 1 and up to 100 pounds. The betting table is where you place your chips. You place the desired amount that you wish to bet on the number or numbers that you wish to bet on. The wheel is the key element to the game as it is the object which determines if you have won your bet or not.
The game starts out when each player places the desired bet on the betting table. After all bets have been placed, the roulette wheel starts spinning. After the wheel starts spinning, a white ball is ejected in the opposite direction of the spin, which will fall into one of the 38 pockets of the roulette wheel after losing its momentum, telling you what the winning number is.
All of the pockets in the roulette wheel are numbered, and all of those numbers are present on the betting table. These numbers are from 1 to 36, including a zero and a double zero. Both the zero and the double zero pocket are colored green in order to be recognized easier. If the number that the ball falls into is the number you have placed a bet on, you win. If you choose a number and place a bet on it, and the ball doesn’t land on that number, you lose all of the chips that you have placed on that number. Guessing a single number in your bet gives you a payout of 35 to 1, which is the highest payout ratio in Roulette. Putting it simply, the smaller your chances of winning are, the higher your payout will be.
Now, the as the basics are covered, there are more ways to place a bet. Although betting on a single digit will give you the highest payout, you will also have the smallest chance of winning. Therefore, betting on more than one number can raise your chances. One of the ways you can do this is called a split bet. A split bet is when you bet in-between numbers, for instance between 10 and 13. If the ball lands on either one of these numbers, you win. Since you have bet on more than one numbers, and your chances have been increased, your payout will be lower. In this case, as you have bet on two numbers, your chances are cut in half and are 17 to 1.
Another way you can increase your chances is by placing in a corner bet. This covers four numbers. For instance, if you place a corner bet on 20, 23, 19, and 22, you win if the ball lands on any one of these four numbers. This, of course, means that your chances are even higher, and the payout is reduced to a ratio of 8 to 1. There are numerous bets similar to this such as the street bet or the six line. After you have gotten familiar with the different types of bets, you can easily set up a desired play tactic which will ensure that you come out with a profit.
There are two main types of bets which can be placed in Roulette. You have the inside bet and the outside bet. Every bet which is placed on either zero, double zero, or any number in-between 1 and 36 are called inside bets. This also applies to split bets, street bets, six lines and corner bets.
The outside bets contain sections which can cover a larger area such as all red numbers or the first 12 numbers on the table. These increase your chances of winning but also decrease your payment ratio. These sections contain the 1st twelve, 2nd twelve, 3rd twelve, 1 to 18, 19 to 36, even and odd numbers, red and black numbers, and three 2 to 1 fields. The variety of these fields gives you a lot of space for designing your bet. The sections of the outside bets are pretty self explanatory (For example, the 1st twelve is a section in which you bet on the first twelve numbers on the table).
So, since the basics are covered, and as you see they aren’t so difficult to understand, one should think before laying in a bet. There are numerous ways in which you can assure that you are going to win, not by luck, but rather by developing a playing tactic. So, without further ado, here are some playing tactics which you should definitely think about before placing in your bet.
- The Martingale Tactic:
The Martingale Strategy is a beginner tactic which involves doubling up your bet for the next spin after losing the former. In other words, if you bet a pound on red and it ends up on black, the next bet you should place should be two pounds on the same color. So, if you keep betting a double amount on the same color, the ball will eventually land on that color, ensuring that you win back your losses and gain a profit. If you think this is the way that you wish to play, start off with the minimum bet required. Some tables have a maximum limit so keep in mind that there is a chance of you reaching the limit without winning. Also, this strategy requires an amount of money which will allow you to double your bet each time so be cautious.
- The Grand Martingale Tactic:
This is a variation of the Martingale Strategy as its name clearly tells, which is pretty much the same as the one mentioned above. The only difference is that when you double up your bet, you add another bet which is the same amount you’ve added originally. For example, if you bet 10 pounds and lose the bet, your next bet should be double, which comes around 20 pounds, plus another unit which is the original 10 pounds, adding up to 30 pounds in total. If you lose that bet as well, the next one should be double plus the original bet, meaning that the next one should be 70 pounds. This is a much riskier strategy but it has a much better payout as you are putting in more money into the bet.
- The James Bond Tactic:
This is a tactic that involves betting 200 pounds in total, distributed like this: 10 pounds on zero, 50 on 13-18 (the six numbers), and 140 on 19-36 (the high numbers). The way this works is that you maximize your chances of winning because you are spreading your bets. If the ball lands on zero you’ll have a 160 pound profit, if the ball lands on the six numbers you’ll have a 100 pound profit, and if the ball lands on the high numbers you’ll be left with an 80 pound profit. If the ball lands anywhere between 1 and 12, you lose your 200 pounds.
All in all, American Roulette is an incredibly interesting game. There is no doubt that anyone can learn how to play it and certainly come out with a profit out of it. It may take some time to master the game and to develop an individual playing strategy, but once you start playing it there is no doubt that you will get into it! All you have to keep in mind is that it involves balance. You have to risk sometimes and you have to play it safe sometimes, it’s all up to you to figure out your best odds in order to achieve a profit!