Tips for Roulette Players
The majority of casinos in the USA use "American roulette" which makes use a double-zero Roulette wheel. The American Roulette wheel has pockets numbered from 1 to 36, with the addition of 0 and 00, for a grand total of 38 pockets. In the European Roulette a single-zero wheel is used and Roulette has always been the most popular game in the casino.
At a roulette table there are typically 6 seats. In order to help the dealer differentiate each playerís bet, a different colored chip is handed to each player, which they purchase right at the table. Each Roulette table has its own minimum chip values and this is usually posted on a sign at the table. You can make the value of your colored chips anything you want above the minimum chip value one thing you will notice at the table is that when the dealer gives you your chips he will keep one of them and place it on the railing near the wheel with a colored designation marker on top to let him know the player designation of your chips. Later on when youíre done playing at that table you must exchange your colored chips for regular chips. The colored chips have no value anywhere else in the casino so donít leave the table with them.
Besides the minimum chip value, there is also a minimum amount that must be bet on each spin of the wheel. The minimums are probably posted on a sign at the table and if it says $5 minimum inside and $10 minimum outside this means that if you are betting on any of the 38 numbers that pay 35-to-1 the total of all your bets must be $5. You could make two different $1 bets or one $5 bet, it doesnít matter except that the total of all your bets on the numbers must be at least $5. The $10 minimum outside means that any of the outside bets that pay 2-to-1, or even money, require that you bet $10 each time. On the outside bets you canít make a $6 bet and a $4 bet to meet the minimums - you have to bet at least $10 every time. After you are done exchanging your cash for the colored chips you must be ready to place your first bet.
Now that you are ready to place your first bet lets check what are your betting options: You can make a straight bet and bet on one number only, if it comes in you will be paid at 35-to-1. The casino advantage on a straight bet is 5.26%. Another betting choice you have is to do a split. A split bet is when you place your chip on the line that separates two numbers. If either number comes up the casino will pay you at 17-to-1. The casino advantage on the split bet is 5.26%.
A corner bet is when you your chip in an area that splits 4 numbers, and if any one of those 4 numbers that you chose comes in, the casino will pay you at a ratio of 8-to-1. The casino or houses advantage on this bet is also 5.26%.
Another option you will find at the roulette table is the street bet. A street bet is when you place your chip at the beginning of a row of 3 numbers, and if any one of those 3 numbers shows up you will be paid off at a ratio of 11-to-1. The casino advantage on this bet is again 5.26%.
If you place your chip on the line between two streets so that you have a double street covered and if any one of those 6 numbers come in youíll be paid off at 5-to-1. The casino advantage on this bet is also 5.26%.
The last not not least other bet you can make on the inside numbers of the roulette table is the five number bet where you place one chip in the upper left corner of the number 1 box. In this bet if any of those 5 numbers you picked comes in the casino will pay you at a 6-to-1 ratio. amazingly enough the casinos edge on this bet is 7.89%. Actually, this is the worst possible bet on the roulette table and the only bet you will come across that doesnít have a 5.26% house edge on the double-zero roulette wheel. You should try to avoid from making this bet.
Now letís look at all of the outside bets that you can make on t the roulette table. Do not forget that the house edge on all of these outside bets is 5.26%.
There are three types of bets that you can make that will pay you even money, or a ratio of 1-to-1, this means that if you win, the house or the casino will pay you back one dollar for every dollar you bet.
One inside bet you cad do is Red or black. If you put a chip on red and a red number comes up you to win. If the ball lands on a black number, 0 or 00 than you lose. The same thing goes for betting on black if the ball falls on red, 0 or 00 you lose, and you win when the ball lands on a black number.
You can bet on odd numbers or even numbers. in a even-odd bet If you put a chip on odd then the ball must land on an odd number in order for you to win. If it lands on 0, 00, or an even number you lose. If you bet on an even number, you will win if an even number shows up and you will lose your bet if the ball lands on 0, 00 or an odd number.
Another option that you will find at the table is betting on 1 through 18 and 19 through 36 If you bet on 1 through 18, then you win if a number from 1 through 18 comes in and you lose if the ball lands on 0, 00 or a number higher than 18. the same happens if you bet on 19 through 36, you win if one of those numbers comes in and you lose on 0, 00 or any number lower than 19.
The only other bets left are the dozens bet and columns bets. If you take just a moment and look at the roulette tables betting layout you will see three areas. Each area corresponds to a 12-number section on the table. The one marked 1st 12 covers the numbers 1 through 12, the section marked 2nd 12 covers the numbers 13 through 24 and the last one that is marked 3rd 12 covers the numbers 25 through 36. If you bet on the 1st 12 you would win if a number from 1 to 12 came in and you would lose if anything else came in, including 0 or 00. All dozens bets pay out at a ratio of 2-to-1.
The last bet for you to look at is the column bet. This bet also pays out at a 2-to-1 ration. There are three possible column bets that you can make and you will notice that each area corresponds to the numbers located in the column above it. If you put a chip under the first column you will win if any of the numbers in that column come in and you will lose if any other number, including 0 or 00 shows up. Once again, the same goes for all other columns.
Just one quick word about "to" and "for" when discussing odds. Whenever the odds are stated as "to" this means that in addition to the stated payoff you also receive your original bet back. In other words, if you won your single number bet in roulette you would receive 35-to-1, which is a 35-chip payoff, plus you will still keep your original one-chip bet, so you should end up with 36 chips. Now if the odds are stated as "for" that means you do not receive back your original bet. If the odds in your single number bet were 35-for-1 you would still receive a 35-chip payoff but the casino would keep your original one-chip bet so you would only end up with 35 chips.
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