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The word “roulette” means “little wheel” in French - where the game first originated, and having since spread to casinos, online and offline throughout the world. It is a game of chance in which players try to predict where a ball will land on a spinning wheel composed of 37 or 38 numbered pockets. The pockets alternate in colors between red and black. There is a zero – and in the American version of the game – a double-zero, both of which are green. Learn how to play firsthand and enjoy unlimited free play on Bovada Casino's European Roulette game below.

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Roulette Games & Odds

When it comes to Roulette, it is the same as with cheese and wine, the French have the American’s beat by a long shot. There are three different versions of Roulette: European, French, and American, with the French variety offering the best odds to the player by leaps and bounds. The next in line for most favorable odds is the European version with a 2.70% house edge. Bringing in the worst odds for the player, with a pretty atrocious house edge of 5.26%, is the American Version. What brings about these shifts in house edge are a combination of factors. The European and American versions of Roulette are the same except that the American Roulette adds a double zero to the mix. The French Roulette bolsters its odds in the player's favor by offering “la partage”, which is when a player lands on zero and is awarded half of their wager back, as a sort of consolation prize.

Roulette Rules and Strategy

Roulette, unlike Poker or Blackjack, does not provide any advantage when it come to playing strategy. It is known as a random number game, in that chance is the dominating factor in whether the player wins or losses. But even though strategy will not ultimate effect the game’s outcome, there are potential ways to lower the house edge depending on which bets you make.

There are a vast array of bets a player can make when playing Roulette, most notably, there are “inside bets” and “outside bets”. With a higher likelihood of being a potential outcome, outside bets, offer a lower payout rate. While in contrast, Inside bets are less likely to occur so they tempt players with a more desirable payout rate. Outside bets are betting on 1 through 18, or betting on all odd numbers, or betting on the color red. Outside bets are more specific like betting on a specific number or on a “street” which we have include in our definitions below.

Roulette Bets

Inside Bets – Any bet that offers a payout range between 5:1 and 35:1

Street – A bet made on three horizontal numbers that are adjacent to one another. An example would be 1,2,3 or 4,5,6 . The payout for this type of bet is 11:1

Double Street – This is the name of a bet which has been made on six numbers of made up of two adjacent streets, i.e., 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 7,8,9,10,11,12. The payout for this type of betis 5:1

Corner – This is what it is called when a bet is placed on any four adjacent numbers which make up a square. The wager is then set in the common corner that separates all four numbers. The payout for this type of bet is 8:1

Basket – This bet is specific to American Roulette, and consists of a three number combo: 0,1,2 or 0,00,2 or 00,2,3 The wager is then placed on the shared corner of the three numbers. When betting on the single-zero layout, the basket bet is made on the combination of 0,1,2,3

Split – A bet made on any two adjacent numbers. The wager is then placed on the line between the two numbers and offers a payout rate of 17:1

Straight Up – Betting on any single number. Payout rate is 35:1

Five Number (Top Line) – This is an American Roulette bat made on five numbers: 00 (double zero), 0,1,2,3. The wager amount is placed on the top line –which is the the shared corner between 2,0 and 00. The payout for this type of bet is 6:1

Outside Bets – Payouts range between 1:1 and 2:1

Red/Black – A bet made on either a red or black number. The wager amount is placed on corresponding box marked red or black.

Odd/Even – A bet made on either an even or odd number. The wager amount is placed in the corresponding odd or even marked box.

Low/High – A bet placed on all numbers between either 1-18 or 19-36.

Dozens – A bet that covers one of three sequential segments of numbers: the “1st 12″, “2nd 12″ (13-24) or “3rd 12″ (25-36). The payout for this type of bet is 2:1

Columns – A bet on one of three long columns of numbers, each signified by a box marked “2 to 1″, which is where the wager is placed. The payout for this type of bet is 2:1.

Roulette Systems

Throughout the hundreds of years that players have been playing Roulette, they have given a great deal of effort in trying to develop a system that could render Roulette as reliable beatable. But this has proven to be an out of reach aspiration, and none have resulted in completely effective results for the player. The most notable stories of players being able to take advantage of a weakness in the game and it's odd, has been less strategic and more influenced by mechanics. There has been cases of certain Roulette wheels being improperly weighted and thereby favoring certain outcomes. But as we move more into the digital age this has become more or less obsolete, and particularly in regard to computer generated outcomes.