Roulette is a true classic when it comes to casino games. You’ll find a Roulette wheel in almost any physical casino and now they are just as popular and prominent in online casinos.
The online gambling world has taken off recently, partly due to restrictions enforced upon people by the global pandemic. As a result, there has been a wave of new players playing the games online for the very first time.
Roulette is simple in principle and great fun to play, which makes it a big draw for newer players. Despite the overall simplicity, it is still important to get to grips properly with the rules and different bet types.
This article will outline all you need to know to get started with online Roulette so you can enjoy yourself whether you decide to play a free Roulette game or wager real cash. Or you can play Roulette in the GTA V Casino which was added some time ago into the game.
The Aim of Roulette
Winning at Roulette is very simple: you just need to predict where the little ball is going to land once the wheel has stopped spinning. Your bets are placed before the wheel is spun so it is essentially a guessing game.
The complexity of Roulette comes in knowing what types of bets are available so you know how to use the table properly and can also place the right bets depending on your risk tolerance. We will get to the table and the bets shortly but the wheel itself should be discussed first.
The Roulette Wheel Layout
Roulette was invented in Europe and a traditional European wheel will consist of 36 pockets that are numbered from 0-36. The wheel is aid out as follows in a clockwise direction:
0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25, 17, 34, 6, 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33, 1, 20, 14, 31, 9, 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26
A North American wheel is slightly different in that it features an additional pocket known as the “double-zero (00)”.
If at all possible, you should try and play on a European wheel since the double-zero of the American wheels decreases the player’s winning percentage.
Luckily, you can select an online casino where European wheels are used, which is a major advantage to playing online Roulette in North America compared to playing in physical casinos here.
How to Place Bets in Online Roulette
Bets are placed by laying the chips or your desired value in the appropriate places on the table, which is the large gridded area of the screen. To place a bet online, you click the correct chip value and then click wherever you wish to place that chip on the table before clicking “spin” to play the round. On a smartphone or tablet, the chips can be selected with your fingers so it is very simple to play.
The table in Roulette features 2 sections of bets: the inside and the outside. The inside is where the large grid of red and black numbers is. The outside houses the various bets you can see around the edge of the table such as the popular “red or black” wager.
On the inside, you can bet on single numbers by laying a chip on top of your desired number. You can also bet on groups of numbers by laying chips on the lines between them.
A chip placed on a line that divides 2 numbers means you will win if the ball lands on either of them. A chip placed on the intersection in the middle of 4 numbers means you will win if either of those 4 numbers comes up.
The bets on the outside of the table allow you to bet easily on large groups of numbers. For example, you could bet on every one of the first 12 numbers by placing a chip in the “1st 12” box.
Different Roulette Bets and Payouts
The different types of bets discussed in the previous section have different odds of winning and, as a result, different payouts. You need to know what each of the bet types pays so you can assess whether or not you want to take the wager and how much you feel comfortable betting on each outcome.
Here are the different bets you can place on the table:
Straight Bet (pays 35 to 1) – A bet placed on a single number by laying your chips directly on top of your chosen number.
Split Bet (pays 17 to 1) – A bet placed on 2 numbers by laying your chips on the line that divides them.
Street Bet or tri-bet (pays 11 to 1) – A bet placed on a row of 3 numbers by laying your chips on the outside line of the row you’d like to wager on.
Corner Bet (pays 8 to 1) – A bet placed on 4 numbers by laying your chips on the intersection at the center of the numbers you want to wager on.
5-number Bet or 5-Bet (pays 6 to 1) – A bet placed on the 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 by laying your chips on the line that separates the 0 and 1.
6 Line Bet (pays 6 to 1) – A bet placed on 1 of 6 numbers in adjacent rows by laying your chips on the outside line between the 2 rows you wish to wager on.
Red or Black (pays 1 to 1) – A simple bet placed on all of the red or black numbers by laying your chips on the corresponding coloured box.
Even or Odd (pays 1 to 1) – A simple bet placed on all of the odd or even numbers by laying your chips on the corresponding box. This bet doesn’t include the zeroes.
Low or High Bet (pays 1 to 1) – A bet placed on either the lower half of the wheel (1-18) or the higher half of the wheel (19-36) by placing your chips in the corresponding box. These boxes can be labelled with the numbers themselves or “high” and “low”.
Dozen Bet (pays 2 to 1) – The inside of the table is divided into 3 sections of 12 numbers. This is a bet placed on one of those sections by laying your chips in the boxes labelled “1st 12”, “2nd 12” or “3rd 12”.
Column Bet (pays 2 to 1) – Similar to the previous bet but this time the numbers are divided into 3 columns. You can place your bet on the numbers in these columns by laying your chips in the boxes labelled “2 to 1”.