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The Basics of Roulette

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Roulette is a classic casino game that is found in nearly every gambling establishment. It is easy enough for a novice to understand and enjoy, but has so many betting options that even experienced players will find it interesting. In addition to individual numbers, it is possible to bet on groups of numbers, whether they are odd or even, or whether the number is high (19-36) or low (1-18). There are many different strategies for playing roulette and for winning.

Some of these systems are complicated, some very simple, but the fact remains that roulette is a game of chance and that there is no mathematical way to predict which number will come up on each spin. If a player can get past the maths and learn the basic strategy, however, they will be in good shape to win some money.

The history of roulette is not as well documented as the other casino games, but there is a story that says it was invented by 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal while he was trying to create a perpetual motion machine. The game became popular in Europe and was later brought to the United States.

In the United States, casinos have made some changes to the game over time. One of these changes was to add a second zero to the wheel in an attempt to boost profits and reduce cheating. The European version of the game has only a single zero and the house edge is slightly lower.

When a player decides to place a bet on the table they do so by placing their chips on a special mat with specific locations for each type of bet. Those bets on six or less numbers are called “Inside bets” while those on 12 or more are known as “Outside bets”. In between decisions the dealer will take the player’s cash and give them coloured roulette chips of the value they specified.

If a bet wins, the chips are collected by the dealer and returned to the player. The dealer will then mark the corresponding number on the roulette wheel. This is known as the La Partage rule. The house edge is lowered from 2.70% to 1.35% when this rule is in effect.

Unlike craps where the range of house edges can be quite large, roulette bets are fairly uniform in their odds of hitting. This is because there are only a few types of bets in the game. The other major factor that influences the odds is the number of times that the ball hits a particular number. The more frequently a number is hit, the higher the odds of that number being won. This makes the outside bets more likely to hit than inside bets. The best way to play roulette is to know the odds of each bet before you make a bet.

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