French for “small wheel”, the word “Roulette” means “Roulette”. Depending on where you’re playing, you can bet that a small spinning ball will fall into one of the 37 European Roulette wheels slots or 38 American Roulette wheels slots. You can bet on either the winning number (red/black) or the color into which the ball falls.
Roulette offers many different betting options.
A straight bet, which bets on one number, is an inside bet. A split bets on two numbers that are adjacent to each other. Street bets on three numbers: a street bet on three numbers along a horizontal line. Corner bets cover four numbers in a square layout. Six line bets on two streets.
Even money bets place the bet on 18 numbers, which can indicate black, red, high, low, even, or odd numbers. Another outside bet is the group bet, where the bet is placed in one of three groups of 12 numbers or a column wager, where the bet is placed in all twelve numbers along three vertical lines.
Roulette is a popular game
Albert Einstein, the great physicist, once stated that it was impossible to beat a Roulette game unless you steal money from it. Yet the lack of skill required to play this game makes it so appealing. Although many experts have attempted to reduce the house advantage and predict the outcome of each spin, no absolute method has been found.
Some players claim they have devised systems to win more often at Roulette. These systems can be as simple as betting on red only all the time or the complex Labouchere system, multiple betting methods, and many more. For example, if you only wager on red for a set number of spins (38), your odds of winning are 1:1. This happens at 19 out of 38 spins. However, even at this point in the betting system, the player still has a 37% chance of winning through the ball landing on the red slot 19 times out of 38.
Roulette is a popular game because you can win or lose it all by spinning a wheel. Ashley Revell, an Englishman selling everything, including clothes, to raise $USD135,300 in 2004. He traveled to Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel and bet the entire amount on red at the roulette table. The ball fell on red, and the young man left the table with $270,000. This story was made international news simply because many people would love to do what Revell did but are too afraid to lose.