Roulette: What you need to know!
Roulette is one of the more popular table games at any casino, be it an online venue or a brick and mortar one. Much of its popularity lies in the fact that it is a relatively simple game to understand, and the fact that it is based on luck. That doesn't mean that you can't try and beat the odds however, as you can employ a roulette strategy to try and get ahead.
These Roulette strategies will be outlined later but can help you to potentially have more of a winning chance when it comes to settling down and playing for the long haul.
Though the game of roulette is simple, it's really important to understand all the roulette rules before beginning to play it. Like Blackjack or Baccarat, if you throw yourself into it without fully knowing what you're letting yourself in for, you could end up in a world of trouble!
With that in mind we at ComeOn! have created this comprehensive guide. We'll show you all the games we have on offer as well as helping you find your feet as you venture into the roulette world. So, let's continue on and see what the game of roulette has to offer you.
The many faces of a roulette wheel
One of the first things you'll need to know about playing roulette online is that there are many different options and types of games available to you. By this we mean the game setup rather than the variants (we'll get to those later!). For instance, with the advent of improved technology, you can now play live roulette online.
These games offer a much more immersive experience than their virtual roulette counterparts. They enable you to participate in a game, chatting to other players and the dealer whilst enjoying a fast-paced game that, if you're lucky, sees you win some extra cash.
The other popular online version of roulette is via the virtual only platform. This is much more like playing an online slot game in that it utilizes random number generators and operates without the assistance of a human dealer. These games are really great if you are looking to test out a casino, hone your skills and get to grips with the rules of roulette. Of course they pay out pretty well too, assuming that you're picking the right numbers. Added to this, there's also the chance of roulette free play when you test out one of these games.
Rules of the game
So, now we can start looking at some of the details of the game so that you have an idea of how to play roulette. When you look at a roulette game, it's not just about the roulette wheel with its 37 pockets, there's a table as well. This table can be pretty daunting as there are lots of numbers and squares covering it.
However, these are simply the bets that you can make. The different bets will offer you different payouts. But, in its simplest form, all you need to do to make a wager is pick the number you wish to bet on and place your chips there!
● Choose your number from 0 to 36
● Place your chips on the matching numbered square or squares
● Wait for the roulette wheel to spin
● Check your number to see if it matches
● Get paid out if it does!
If you're looking to find out how to win at roulette, then there are a number of different strategies that can be employed to help you get ahead. Remember though that this is not an exact science as this is a game of luck and probability. However, there are ways to use this in your favour.
Various betting strategies have been designed to try and help you extend your bankroll. This is achieved by managing your money rather than by offering you ways to beat the system during the actual gameplay. We'll outline a few of these briefly and you can see which method you prefer.
One of the most common methods is the Martingale System. This begins with you placing a small manageable bet on the table. As you play you should be keeping the bet the same until you lose. Once a bet has been lost you should then double your next bet. As soon as you win you should return to the original bet size and start the process again.
The theory is that this method can be used forever. The principle is that you will gain a small profit after every win. In practice this doesn't always happen. Here's a list of the most commonly used betting strategies:
● Reverse Martingale
● D'Alembert system
● Fibonacci system
Roulette table layout
At this juncture we need to make sure that you understand the difference between the roulette wheel and the roulette table. First, we should point out here that there are two main roulette types - American and European. In the American, the wheel has an extra pocket for a double zero.
As already mentioned, the roulette table is where all the different betting options are placed. The table is laid out with a rectangular grid with 3 columns containing all 36-pocket numbers, and some extra rectangles for the specific bets that you can place. These are divided into inside and outside bets, and we will cover these in detail below.
Outside bets on roulette
For new players just learning the ropes of roulette, outside bets is probably the best place to start. Outside bets offer the lowest payouts but this is because they offer the highest probability of winning. These types of bets include the standard 50-50 chances of success such as making red or black, odds or evens and low (1-18) or high (19-36) bets.
These bets pay out at 1-1 so you can definitely double your money with a relatively straightforward bet. Other options for outside bets include either column bets or dozen bets. Each allows you to bet on a specific set of 12 numbers and offer 2-1 payouts.
Inside bets on roulette
The payout rates on inside bets are much higher than for outside bets. However, there is a downside to this - these bets have a much lower probability of occurring so you may have to wait a bit and accept some losses before finally reaching success.
The most obvious of these bets is the straight up bet. This is where you place your wager on a single number. This is the highest paying bet and pays out at 35-1. Split bets are another popular option where you place your bet on two numbers - the chip covers the line between the adjacent numbers and offers a 17-1 return.
Street bets are placed on three numbers that are in the same row. These offer a decent 11-1 payout. Similar to the street bet you have the corner bet. Here you place a bet on four numbers in one corner where each of these numbers touches one another. This pays out at 8-1. Five bets and line bets make up the last options. Depending on the roulette game that you're playing (usually this is on the French variant) there is also the La Partage rule, where you can get half of your bet back if the ball lands in the green zero pocket.
Online roulette at ComeOn! Casino
Playing online roulette is now a much more popular pastime. This is largely thanks to the ease of being able to access games. In order to meet this demand, we offer a wide range of different online roulette options for you to try out. These include French, European and American roulette. There are other versions too such as Roulette Pro and Dragonara. These games are provided by some of the best, most trusted vendors around - NetEnt, NYX and Play'N GO. To cater to every budget, we also offer a couple of roulette slot games, including a 10p roulette slot game from NYX.
But that's not all. We also offer a number of live dealer roulette games. These offer a much more immersive experience and can be played as Lightning, Dragonara, Speed, Norwegian and VIP roulette. Each of these games are offered by the highly successful Evolution Gaming and are streamed live in full HD. Rules will vary between the different options, so do make sure that you check these before diving in.
These live games will bring the casino right into your home as you can direct the dealer to make the moves you require, chat to other players and generally get more involved in the whole process.
How to play roulette - American and European
We've already mentioned the roulette table and given you an idea of the returns from different bets. So what about the roulette wheel itself? The main difference between American and European roulette is that the American wheel has 38 pockets compared to 37 for the European wheel. This extra pocket is for 00. This means the house edge is much greater.
As a player, you have a slightly lower chance of winning. If you're really looking to get ahead, we suggest that you choose to play European roulette if you want to maximize your winning chances. Using French roulette and the La Partage rule is the best option though.
The rest of the game is generally the same across all of the options. Bets must be placed before the time is up - either the computer or the live dealer will announce when the betting time is over.
All bets must be placed before the wheel is spun. Once everything is ready, the ball is dropped onto the wheel. The wheel spins one way; the ball travels in the other, before finally landing in one of the pockets. Once the ball has landed in a pocket, the bets can be paid out and the game can begin all over again.
If you're really trying to get ahead, other than using the previously mentioned betting strategies, there are a few other roulette tricks you can use. For instance, if you are trying not to lose too much money, it's best to concentrate your efforts on the outside bets as these have a greater probability of occurring, thus keeping your bankroll ticking over.
Practicing is also a great way to go and you can utilize our free play roulette options so that you can get a feel for the games and the way they operate. Of course the real trick here is to play responsibly, keeping an eye on your bankroll.
ComeOn! Casino Roulette - Summary
Roulette is one of the truly thrilling games that are available at ComeOn! casino. We want it to be fun for you and that's why we offer so many different options and ways of playing. Now that you know all the different rules and various options that are open to you, you can happily browse our site and find the perfect roulette game for you.
However, it's always important to remember that roulette is a game of luck and even when using the various strategies and tricks, there's no guarantee of a win. Have fun, enjoy the spin of the wheel and join us at ComeOn!
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