How Do I Play Roulette?

Published on August 1st, 2006 6:58 pm EST

How to Play Roulette

Roulette is one of the oldest games of all gambling games. The earliest forms have been around for centuries. The allure to win money on a game of chance and the urge to watch the wheel spin has not faded. Even today, Roulette is one of the biggest draws in any given casino.

Part of the charm of Roulette is how simple it is to play. There are not a whole lot of rules- games of chance rarely have a complicated set of rules. They are very simple to learn. Since it is a game of chance, there is not a whole lot of strategy involved, either. So once you learn the rules, you can begin playing immediately and have as good a chance as anyone else to win.

The biggest part of Roulette is understanding the types of bets, which are discussed in detail on this site. Here are the rules:

Here are the rules to playing a game of Roulette:

1. Roulette uses separate chips from any other table game in the casino, so you must put the amount of money on the table that you wish to change for chips. You also have to tell the dealer how much you want the value of each chip to be. For instance, if you put down $100 and want 100 chips, then your chip value is $1. If you want 20 chips, then the value is $5 each and so on.
2. Once you change your chips, you must place them on the square on the table that corresponds to the bet you wish to make. In roulette, you have 'inside' and 'outside' bets. An inside bet is a bet on any of the single numbers (one through 37) or a combination of bets that are specialized and explained later. Outside bets are along the border of the table layout and include bets such as "red or black" or "even or odd" bets.
3. You must place at least the table minimum for your total bets. If the table minimum is $5, then you must place at least that amount total. You may place as many bets as you wish per spin.
4. Once all the bets are placed, the dealer will initiate the spin. While the ball is spinning, they will waive their hand over the table, which means that no more bets may be placed during this game.
5. Once the ball has landed, the dealer announces what the winning number is and marks it on the table with a glass marker.
6. All winning bets are paid out and losing bets are collected.

Sounds pretty simple, right? That is because it is. It is also incredibly fun to play, once you learn the types of bets. The bets themselves are also pretty easy to learn, and are listed in the article "Roulette Bets" right here at Roulette King.