Roulette is an incredibly popular, exciting game of chance that is very easy to play. Players simply bet on individual numbers, number combinations, odd or even numbers or red or black or green numbers in hopes that the roulette ball will land one of the numbers selected.
– Roulette wheel – Divided into 38 numbered slots. Each slot is numbered 1 through 36 and colored either red or black. The two additional slots are numbered 0 and 00 and are green.
– Roulette Ball – Small ivory ball
– Standard Roulette table
Object of the Game
The object of roulette is to correctly guess which number a small marble will land on when the roulette wheel slows or stops. The roulette table consists of a wood and metal bowl-shaped wheel, about three feet in diameter, and a table layout for placing bets. The wheel is divided into thirty-eight pockets numbered 1 through 36, plus 0 and 00. The 0 and 00 pockets are green; of the remaining pockets, half are red and half are black. The dealer, or croupier, spins the wheel and releases a small white ball that travels in the opposite direction around the top of the wheel. As the ball loses velocity, it falls into the bowl of the wheel and skips over the buffers that separate each pocket, eventually coming to rest in one pocket. Most roulette tables in U.S. casinos allow up to six people to play at one time.
How to play Roulette
The roulette table is the only table game where regular casino chips are not used. Because bets are placed on a common layout and not directly in front of each player as in other games, the roulette dealer needs a different system to keep track of every player’s bets. When you sit down at the roulette table, you use your regular casino chips or cash) to purchase roulette chips, which are simply colored disks. You can assign any denomination you choose to these colored chips. For example, if you want $1 chips and you give the dealer $100 in cash, she will give you a stack of 100 colored chips in exchange. If you want $2 chips, the dealer will give you fifty colored chips.
Each player gets a different color so the dealer knows whom to pay, and the dealer will put one of the colored chips on the table rail along with a marker that tells her what that color chip is worth. These colored chips have no value anywhere else in the casino, so you must cash them in for regular casino chips at the roulette table when you are done playing. Minimum bets and table limits are posted at the roulette table. You can make any number of bets, up to the table limit, on any one spin. You simply place your colored chips on the corresponding number, series of numbers, or colors (red or black) on the betting layout.
Usually the dealer will accept bets in between spins and even after dropping the ball into the wheel-at least until the ball begins to slow down. Then the dealer will wave his hand over the betting layout and will probably announce, “No more bets.” When the winning number is determined, the dealer places a clear marker on that number on the betting layout. Losing bets are cleared off the table, and then winning bets are paid. When the dealer is ready for the next spin, he’ll announce, “Place your bets.”