This is the game that everybody associates with casinos. In essence there are two types of roulette game, single zero (European roulette) and double zero (American roulette). The European single zero version offers the player better odds. A numbered spinning wheel is horizontally mounted, and a table that the roulette wheel sits on acts as the betting area. The wheel itself is made up of 37 numbers this equates to numbers 1 through 36 in alternate red and black colours and the zero being green. The American version has an extra number with the double zero.
The game starts when a small ball is released along the outside edge of the wheel travelling the opposite way to which the wheel itself is spinning. The ball eventually loses trajectory and falls into one of the 37/38 slots housed by the numbers. Bets are placed by laying chips on a grid next to the wheel which again corresponds with the numbers. Bets can be placed at any time up until the ball loses pace and starts to fall into the wheel. Winning bets can be made on a number of combinations such as:
• Odd or even
• Individual number
• Number combinations
You can place any amount over and above the minimum stake on as many or as few numbers as you wish, therefore maximising your odds. Obviously the more chance of making a winning bet (for example red or black) the lower the odds of the payout. In this case the payout would be ‘even money’. This means that if you placed a £10.00 bid on red and the ball dropped into a number that was indeed red, then you would stand to win £10.00 back. This is known as a 50/50 bet even though if the ball landed in green you would lose on either red or black.