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Getting to Know Roulette

Can you guess the most popular casino number to bet on in a Roulette game, online or live? It’s black 17, thanks to James Bond, who made the bet famous in the 1971 movie Diamonds Are Forever. While you’re free to follow in his footprints and bet on a lucky casino number when you play Roulette games, there are many other ways to gamble on a Roulette wheel – all of which fall into one of two playing categories: inside bets and outside bets.

The Roulette game has undergone very few casino modifications since its inception in the 18th century. Originally the by-product of French mathematician Blaise Pascal’s failed attempt to invent a perpetual motion machine, Roulette started with two zeros on the wheel before an enterprising casino in Bad Homburg removed one of the zeroes to decrease the casino house edge—and draw in more Roulette game players to the German resort town. By that time, Roulette games had already made its way overseas to America, where the double-zero version became the default game.  

Cafe Casino's online games has the best online Roulette on the net, as one can play both the double-zero American Roulette and the single-zero European Roulette. In this online Roulette guide, you’ll learn how to play Roulette and be able to recognize the best Roulette bets in the house. You’ll also discover why most casino players prefer to play European Roulette over its American counterpart. By the end, you’ll be able to navigate a Roulette casino game table with the quiet confidence of James Bond.

How to Play Online Roulette

Whether you play American Roulette or European Roulette online, the casino game has two play components: a wheel and a betting layout. The play wheel has numbers 0 to 36 (only American Roulette has the 00 on top of 0 to 36), and the numbers are colored black or red. The betting layout has the same numbers, which are grouped in 12 three-number rows, making it easy to bet on groups of numbers. 

To place bets online, simply drag and drop chips on a single number, or groups of numbers, and hit “Spin” to start the action. A white ball will be launched in the opposite direction of the spinning Roulette casino wheel, and whichever number it lands on is the winner. If you had bet on that number, you win a payout based on the paytable. The size of the real money payout varies considerably depending on whether the winning number was part of an inside bet or outside bet, which we’ll get to next. 

 

INSIDE BETS

Every Roulette casino game table has a rectangle that comprises the numbers 1 to 36, online or live. When you place a bet inside this rectangle, you’re placing an inside bet. These bets can be a single number – like black 17, or a cluster of numbers, like 25-26-27, which is called a street. Inside play bets offer higher rewards than their outside counterparts, because they come with lower odds of winning. The real money payouts and play odds for each bet are listed below:

Straight Up

Bet on one number for a 35:1 real money payout. The odds of winning are 2.70% with Roulette of Europe and 2.60% with Roulette of America.

Split 

Bet on two numbers that are side by side on the betting layout for a 17:1 real money payout. The odds of winning a split bet are 5.4% for Roulette of Europe and 5.3% with Roulette of America. 

Street 

Bet on three numbers in a column for an 11:1 real money payout. The play odds of winning are 8.1% for Roulette of Europe and 7.9% for Roulette of America. 

Corner 

Bet on four numbers that form a square on the betting layout for an 8:1 real money payout. The play odds of winning are 10.8% for Roulette of Europe and 10.5% for Roulette of America.

Line 

Bet on two rows, which consist of six numbers, for a 5:1 real money payout. The play odds of winning are 16.2% for Roulette of Europe and 15.8% for Roulette of America.

 

OUTSIDE BETS

Decrease the volatility of your casino Roulette play bets by sticking to outside bets, online or live. These casino bets can be found on the tabs just outside of the betting rectangle, and include things like red, black and odd, even. You’ll win more frequently with outside bets, but the real money payouts will be lower than those given by inside bets.

Column 

Bet on one of the three 12-number columns for a 2:1 real money payout. The casino odds of winning are 32.40% for Roulette of Europe and 31.6% for Roulette of America.

Dozen 

Bet on numbers 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 25 to 36 for a 2:1 real money payout. The casino odds of winning are 32.40% for European Roulette and 31.6% for American Roulette.

Red 

Bet on all 18 red numbers for 1:1 real money payout. The play odds of winning are 48.60% for European Roulette and 47.4% for American Roulette. 

Black 

Bet on all 18 black numbers for a 1:1 game payout. The play odds of winning are 48.60% for European Roulette and 47.4% for American Roulette.

Even 

Bet on all 18 even numbers for a 1:1 casino payout. The game odds of winning are 48.60% for European Roulette and 47.4% for American Roulette.

Odd 

Bet on all odd numbers for a 1:1 payout. The odds of winning are 48.60% for European Roulette and 47.4% for American Roulette.

Low 

Bet on numbers 1 to 18 for a 1:1 payout. The odds of winning are 48.60% for European Roulette and 47.4% for American Roulette.

High 

Bet on numbers 19 to 36 for a 1:1 payout. The odds of winning are 48.60% for European Roulette and 47.4% for American Roulette.

 

Putting All the Bets in Action

The online payouts listed above are consistent throughout Cafe Casino’s four Roulette games, but there are some differences worth noting. European Roulette has one “0” on the wheel, making it a 37-number wheel. As a result, you’re playing with a 2.70% house edge. This house edge is consistent throughout all of the bets on the European Roulette board. 

American Roulette, on the other hand, has a “00” in addition to the “0.” With a 38-number wheel, you’re looking at a 5.26% house edge, and as you can see above, the odds of winning each bet are marginally lower than with European Roulette. Which one of the online Roulette games would James Bond choose: American or European?

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