# How to Play Roulette

Learning how to play roulette is pretty simple because it is based primarily on luck. People are attracted to the roulette table because study and expertise is not needed, like slot machines, but they also like it because of the social atmosphere which is similar to craps. Anthony Pierpont comments, “It is one of the riskier games in the casino, but can also yield larger payoffs.” When you walk up to the roulette table, you will see a roulette table upon which you place your bets. At the head of the roulette table is a large wheel-of-fortune-like wheel but this wheel is laid on the table. It does not sit atop the table. The roulette wheel layout consists of 38 slots for the ball to fall into, numbered 0-36 and one 00 slot. There are generally eight seats around the roulette table. You exchange your casino chips for colored chips so that the eight players and dealer can tell their chips apart. However, if the roulette table is full or if you just want to play one spin, it is perfectly acceptable to remain standing and reach between seated players with a casino chip or cash and place your bet on the table. The layout of the table allows you to bet on a number, a combination of numbers, columns of numbers, sets of dozens, even or odd numbers, and red or black numbers. To bet in roulette you just place your chips on the numbered square that you think will win. The dealer will announce when you can no longer place bets on the table.

## How to Win at Roulette

Winning at roulette involves quite a bit of luck. Some people win at roulette by using the lighted boards that indicate past winning numbers and select the one(s) that win the most – calling the number “hot”. Others think that if a black was selected, then a red is next because it is the other’s turn. “However, it is all hogwash,” Anthony Pierpont explains, “Each spin is completely independent from the others and has equal odds of hitting any number.” However, some people have very specific roulette betting systems or money management systems.

## Roulette Odds and Payoffs

If your bet hits, then you wait for the dealer to clear the board and give you a payout. If you bet on one number the payout is 35 to 1 with 2.63% odds – so you get 35 multiplied by the amount you bet plus your original bet back. A split bet – or a two-number bet – pays 17 to 1 with 5.26% odds. A street bet – or a three-number bet – has 7.89% odds and pays out 11 to 1. If you bet on four numbers, also called a corner bet, you receive a payout of 8 to 1 with 10.53% odds, and a six-number bet pays 5 to 1 with 15.79% odds. If you place a bet on an outside dozen, which has 31.58% odds, the payout is 2 to 1. Lastly, any outside bet, even/ odd, black/ red or a column, is considered an even bet, which pays 1 to 1 and has the best odds at 47.37%

## Roulette Winning Strategy

The main thing to remember when you are trying to employ any roulette winning strategy is that it is a high-risk game. “So trade in a certain amount of chips and only play those,” Anthony Pierpont says. “When you win put those chips aside so that you can cash them in later. Or if you are really high at one point, cash-in because in roulette, you are certain to lose eventually.” Having a roulette winning strategy is a good way to make sure that you conserve your cash. Make a plan and stick to it.

## Roulette Tournaments

Roulette tournaments will certainly get your blood pumping. Because there is little that is in your control – no mathematical equations or number counting – so you need luck on your side. But then again, so does everyone else in the roulette tournament. Since you are competing against other players rather than the house, this is actually to your advantage. Just keep an eye on other players’ chip counts and decide if you need to stay slow and steady or if you must risk a big bet to keep from losing the game.