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How to play Roulette

9 July, 2020 Gaming


Since as early as the 17th century, Roulette has delivered mystery and excitement in equal measure to casino-goers - and it certainly hasn't slowed down in the digital age. The classic casino pursuit which is as much about risk as it is reward continues to delight. Online, you'll be able to find both original versions of the game: American and European Roulette, as well as games with the French rules and new variations with modern twists. Let's explain all you need to know before playing the game and if you're attracted to the glamour and mystique, join in the fun at Megalotto.

Basic rules

It doesn't matter whether you're playing in a land-based casino or online at home, the rules are much the same. Follow three simple steps:

  1. Place your bets - there are many different kinds of bets you can make, and we'll discuss these next;

  2. Watch as the ball spins around the wheel - if you're at a land-based casino, the croupier will throw it in and announce "no more bets", while online, technology and RNGs (random number generators) dictate play;

  3. Wait for the wheel to stop spinning - if the ball lands in your chosen pocket, you're a winner. Your winnings will vary depending on the bet you've placed.

Types of bet

There are two different kinds of bet that can be made: inside and outside. Inside bets concern the numbers, whether that be wagering on an individual number or a selection of numbers. Outside bets include anything else on the table, describing the type of number, for example if it's red or black, high or low, or in a specific position on the table.

Let's break it down further with these charts -

Inside bets:

Bet

Description

Straight

A bet on a single number, e.g. 7

Split

A bet on two adjacent numbers, e.g. 7 and 10

Street

A bet on a row of three numbers, e.g. 7, 8, 9

Corner

Similar to a split, but a bet on four numbers which meet at the same corner, e.g. 7, 8, 10, 11

Line

Similar to a street, but a bet on two rows of three numbers (also called a six-number bet), e.g. 7, 8, 9 and 10, 11, 12

First-four

Only available in European Roulette, a bet on the first four numbers, e.g. 0, 1, 2, 3

Basket

Only available in American Roulette, a bet on the group of numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, 3 (also known as five-number)

Outside bets:

Bet

Description

Red or Black

Betting on whether the winning number will be red or black in colour

Odd or Even

Betting on whether the winning number will be odd or even

Low or High

Betting on whether the winning number will be low (1-18) or high (19-36)

Columns

Betting on whether the winning number will be from column 1, 2 or 3 on the table

Dozen

Betting on whether the winning number will be from the first (1-12), second (13-24) or third (25-36) dozen

Odds and pay-outs

As we have already mentioned, the pay-outs vary depending on the bets you have placed. This also means that the odds vary, depending on how likely it is that your bet will land. It's worth knowing that even money bets don't offer a 50/50 chance of winning, because they also factor in the 0, and 00 if you're playing American Roulette. This is where the casino gets their advantage. The house edge in European Roulette is 2.7%, while in American Roulette, it's a lot higher, at 5.26%.

Here's all you need to know about odds and pay-outs -

Bet

Pay-Out

American Odds

European Odds

Red/Black

Odd/Even

Low/High

1:1

47.4%

48.6%

Column

Dozen

2:1

31.6%

32.4%

Line (six-number)

5:1

15.8%

16.2%

Five-number

Basket

6:1

13.2%

13.2%

13.5%

N/A

Corner

First-four

8:1

10.53%

N/A

10.81%

10.81%

Street

11:1

7.89%

8.11%

Split

17:1

5.26%

5.41%

Straight

35:1

2.63%

2.70%

There you have it. All you need to know before you give the ‘Devil's Wheel' a spin. Will Lady Luck be on your side?


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