The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is one of the casino games with the lowest house edge. Players can play it with a small budget, and they can find strategies to help them win. They can also choose to wager on outside bets that are cheaper than inside bets.

The roulette wheel consists of a solid, slightly convex disk with thirty-six compartments colored alternately red and black and numbered 1-36. There are also two green compartments marked 0 and 00 on American wheels.


The origin of roulette isn’t known with certainty, but it is believed to have emerged in 17th century France. It is thought to have combined elements of Roly Poly and Even Odd, two games that involved betting on the outcome of a spinning wheel, with Biribi, an Italian game that required players to guess which numbered ticket would be pulled from a bag. Another theory is that the game began in China, where it was played by Chinese monks and introduced to Europe by Dominican monks who met them on their travels. It’s also possible that it originated in Rome or Greece, where soldiers played a similar game that used shields with symbols on them, which were spun with an arrow. The modern version of the game developed from these earlier versions.


There are many betting opportunities on roullete. Some of the more risky ones include the Split Bet (or cheval in French), where players place chips to straddle the line between two numbers and earn 17 times their initial wager if they are correct. The Street Bet (or three number bet) is another type of outside bet that pays 11-1 if you win. There are also Dozens and Columns bets, which both pay 2-1 on your initial bet.