How to Play Roullete

Roullete is a casino game of chance that involves spinning a numbered wheel and betting on the number or groups of numbers it will land in. There are various fanciful stories of how the game was invented, including by 17th-century French mathematician Blaise Pascal and by Dominican monks. In fact, roulette probably evolved from older games like hoca and portique. It became popular in the 18th century.

The earliest known roulette wheels had 37 pockets, painted alternately black and red and marked with the numbers 1 through 36. A croupier spins the wheel and throws a small ball into one of these compartments, where it will stop after spinning several times. The winning number is announced and the bets settled.

Roulette is a simple game to play, but it has a surprising depth for serious players and can provide high rewards. In the past, many professional gamblers were able to gain an edge in this game by seeking out rigged wheels and betting against the largest bets.

Each roulette table carries a placard that describes the minimum and maximum bets allowed on it. Choose a table within your budget. You can make multiple bets on a single round, but each new bet must start with a fresh set of chips. If you win, don’t dip into your winnings to place additional bets.

If you want to bet on a specific number, place your chips on the end of a “street” (row of three numbers) in the table map. Each street requires a minimum bet of one chip and pays out even money if the ball hits it. Each number costs a different amount to complete, but based on its location on the chart, the payout can be estimated. For example, a bet on the number zero pays 392 chips.