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10 Key Roulette Questions

January 8, 2024

Roulette is a simple game where anyone can step up to the table and play without knowing complicated statistics and all the different rules. And yet, just to make the most of a game session, there are certain questions that every player should ask themselves.

Read on as we answer some key questions on the classic casino game.

1. HOW DO YOU PLAY ROULETTE?

The game takes place in quick and simple steps:

Stake: The table and wheel start empty, and the player must place their chips in the space they want to bet. Players can bet until the Croupier states “No more bets”.

Ball in play: Next, the Croupier places the ball on the Roulette wheel to begin the game.

The ball stops: At the end of the rotation, the ball stops on a square that is the winning number in that round.

Payment: The banker removes all bets on the non-winning table and pays the bets that won. Next, another Roulette round takes place.

2. HOW DOES THE GAME WORK?

Despite its simplicity, there are some mathematical rules that should be known to those approaching the Roulette wheel. Players should be informed on how likely a number or a group of numbers are to appear, in proportion to the overall stake of the bet.  

With 36 numbers at play, plus zero, we know that each time the probability of one of the numbers coming out is just 1/37. Simple bets such as Red or Black are paid as equal given that the probability is just slightly lower 50% due to the inclusion of green zero.

3. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN ROULETTE?

Due to changing probabilities, it’s essential we know the differences between American Roulette and European Roulette. In the US, in addition to standard zero, we also have another double zero square that further lowers our chances of winning in relation to payment. A full number is always paid 36x the stake, but its probability of being released in American Roulette is 1/38. So be sure to choose the Roulette format that suits your staking and playing style.  

4. WHAT IS THE BENEFIT TO THE BANK?

In Roulette, the bank has a slight advantage in terms of the probability of winning over the player. In the case of a single zero European Roulette, the home advantage is calculated at 2.7%, compared to 5.26% in the American double zero Roulette.

5. ARE THE TABLES’ WAGERING LIMITS IN LINE WITH MY BANKROLL?

It’s important for new players to understand table stake limits (especially Live Roulette) and relate them to their own “budget” for their gaming session. Knowing you’re playing a game strongly shaped by cycles of luck (and bad luck) is vital. This way, you can be aware of a good number of rounds to play in line with your budget.

6. HOW DO I PLAY MY CHIPS LIVE?

Another significant detail for those who play Live Roulette is the real use of chips in the game. It’s common for both new players and those familiar with the world of online gambling to be out of their comfort zone when it comes to using chips at a real Roulette table.

When playing the Casino Roulette tables, you must be careful when positioning your chips as players have multiple options. If betting on a single number, place the chip on the center of the number’s square. If placing bets on multiple numbers, care must be taken to place them on the crossing line.

Players also need to be aware of their own individual chips. Many tables have a lot of players and therefore a lot of chips, so bear in mind the color of your chips to avoid confusion at the table.

7. HAVE I CHOSEN THE RIGHT BET?

This may be an obvious question, but it’s an essential one too. Knowing we’re staking the correct amounts at the correct time is key to maximizing Roulette success. For example, if we always focus on a single number, you should bet with your budget in mind to ensure you can play as many Roulette rounds as you like. Patience is key and sometimes it may be better to opt for higher frequency bets, such as Red or Black, which certainly have smaller but significantly more frequent winnings.

8. HOW DO I MANAGE MY BETS WHILE PLAYING?

We should ask ourselves this question every time we gamble. The amount wagered must be something that does not affect our mood in the slightest. Roulette is predominantly a game of luck, and it should always remain a fun experience for the player. If your bets are random and volatile, the experience is likely to be less enjoyable. All players should have an idea of how they want to play to remain in control during the gaming session.

9. ARE THERE ANY PROVEN METHODS TO WIN IN ROULETTE?

The short answer is no. There aren’t any proven methods or systems to guarantee winning in Roulette. However, there are systems of play that allow us to implement a strategy where we can continually monitor our bets, profits and losses.

The question is which method to use. This is dependent on your character, budget and what you’d like to achieve from the game. There are betting methods that offer the ability to move our capital up and down in a very fast and frantic way, but this style often requires a certain character and higher budget. On the other hand, players can opt for a more balanced and less volatile approach to limit dramatic losses.  

10. WHAT NUMBERS SHOULD YOU BET ON IN ROULETTE?

No number has a greater chance than any other on the Roulette wheel. Legend tells us that the most bet on number in the world at the Roulette tables is “17”. The reason is perhaps to be found in the Kabbalah, where the number is seen as a symbol of spiritual transformation. However, its popularity could be simply down to convenience as the number lies in the middle of the table.