Roulette is one of the most popular modern casino games, and has since been adapted into two-dimensional form for online play, which includes many versions including European, American, French Roulette, and Roulette Royal. However, for the sake of simplicity, we’ll focus on the rules and gameplay of the European and American versions.
Online Roulette vs Land-based Roulette
If you’re an avid roulette player and are thinking of transferring your skills to the online world, the good news is, online roulette rules don’t differ much from land-based roulette rules. In fact, the only task you have to conquer in online roulette is to figure out all the options, settings, and buttons on the game interface, which we’ll discuss more in the “Roulette Gameplay and Rules” section.
American Roulette vs European Roulette
In the American version of roulette, there is a 0 and a 00. However, in the European version, the wheel has just a single 0. Therefore, the biggest difference between American Roulette and European Roulette is the odds of each of the numbers landing in a slot on the wheel. Otherwise, for the most part, the rules of roulette remain the same.
A General Overview of Roulette
The basic concept of roulette is that there is a wheel at the center of the game, with slots from numbers 1 through 36, along with a 0, or a 00, in American Roulette. When the wheel spins, a ball is dropped into the wheel. When the wheel stops, the ball drops into a slot, signaling the corresponding number as the winner. During this time, losing bets are collected and winning bets are paid off.
Roulette Gameplay and Rules
To begin, you’ll be prompted to select a chip color for the session of the game. This allows you to select the value of chips to be used when placing your bet, which generally ranges from 1, 5, 25, and 100. It also allows you to vary your bets at one time on a selected bet area.
You can bet on any combination of numbers or individual number, using either the outside section of numbers or the inside section of numbers. However, each outside or inside bet must be at-least the table minimum. Just remember, that each wager is separate of each other in regards to the table minimum.
Losing bets, means your original bet is lost. However, if you win, your initial bet will be returned to your account, according to the bet placed and table odds.
Most gaming software accumulates insides bets, so players can continue placing wagers within the inside selection until the minimum is reached. However, if the minimum is not reached, all bets below the minimum are cleared once the wheel is spun and the betting timer runs out. On some games, if the bet you selected is below the minimum, the software will automatically place the minimum bet.
On single player tables, your bets are not considered until you have clicked the “spin” button and confirmed the action.
The “clear bet” or “clear” bet resets all the bets so you can start over from 0. The button “rebet” button rebets your previous bet. Many gaming options also include a “settings” button, which enables you to adjust the game mode and display.
There are two main sections of the table on which players can place bets: the outside section and the inside section. Both sections carry different types of wagers.
The outside section allows you to make six different 12-number bets. In addition, players can also make matching pairs of bets for red or black, low or high, or odd or even.
Meanwhile, the inside section allows players to place bets on groups of up to 6 numbers or individual numbers that are near each other according to the numerical order of the layout of the table.
Racetrack and Split Bets
The racetrack bet is a bet placed in the racetrack area of the table, which is the section of the table that represents the wheel in the actual order that the numbers are shown. Click on one of the numbers, and chips will be placed on the numbers you’ve selected, in addition to the two numbers adjacent on both sides of that number, also known as split bets.
Splits, or adjacent bets of the same color, can all receive wagers in a single operation by utilizing the buttons for split bets situated near the racetrack section of the table. Red splits (four wagers) include 16/19, 27/30, 18/21, and 9/12. Black splits (seven wagers) include 10/11, 10/13, 8/11, 17/20, 26/29, 28/29, 28/31.
The racetrack can be used to place five special bets, including Zero-four chips, Voisins du Zero-9 chips, Orphelins en Plien-8 chips, and Tiers du Cylindre-6 chips. Each one will automatically place multiple chips on the layout on your behalf.
Just like land-based casinos, online casinos follow the same convention, meaning outside and inside bets have different maximums and minimums.
The maximum bet on the inside of the table refers to the largest amount allowed to be placed on each single number, also known as a straight up bet. Meanwhile, the outside maximum bet indicates the largest amount to be placed on each, or all, bet positions.
All other types of inside bets, such as line, split, and street, etc., has its own largest bet amount that is relative to the straight-up bet.
Multi Player Tables
Multi player tables allow you and your friends to share in the thrill of social gaming by turning your online gaming experience into an exciting, interactive one, similar to land-based casinos. Unlike single player tables, where your bets remain unconfirmed until you click spin button, Multi-player tables are eligible to lose or win at the expiry of the timer.
The odds and payouts of roulette differ from game to game. The house edge, or the difference between the true odds and the payouts, also differ. In European Roulette, the house edge is usually 2.70%.