How to Play Roulette in Las Vegas and Win!
Roulette - Basic Rules
Roulette or Rulet as it is sometimes called is played in casinos
all over the world including online casinos. For the most part the rules
for playing are pretty much the same all over.
You will find the game of roulette in casinos all over the world, from
Monte Carlo to Las Vegas, as well as in
online casinos. There is an aura of glamour, mystery and romance
surrounding roulette. Some have said winning the game requires a pact
with the devil because the numbers on the wheel add up to 666 (I have
never bothered to check the accuracy of this.) It has been played in one
form or another since the 17th century. The name itself is French for
The game is played with players standing or sitting around the roulette
table. On the table is a wheel with the numbers 1 to 36. The wheel also
has a zero and some American casinos have a wheel with two zeros. As the
wheel spins the croupier starts a small ball spinning in the opposite
direction. When the wheel slows the ball will land in one of the
numbered slots. Players can continue to place bets as the ball spins
around the wheel until the dealer announces no more bets.
Half of the numbers have a red background and the other half a black
background. Traditionally the zero has a green background. Aside from
the roulette wheel the rest of the table layout shows various bets that
you can make by placing your chips on them. It is here that fortunes
have been made and lost.
American Roulette Table
Roulette Bet Types
Inside BetsThese are bets made on the chart of the various numbers 1 to 36 and
zero. Just put a chip down in the middle of the square with the number
you select. If it comes up, it pays 35 to 1. It is called a straight up
Separating the chart into various squares with numbers are lines. These
lines are called streets. By putting a chip on the street between 2
numbers, called a split bet, you will win if either one of them comes up on the spin. It will
pay 17 to 1.
You can place your chip to cover 3 numbers, known as a street bet, which pays 11 to 1.
The chip is placed at the end of any row of numbers. Bets placed at the
junctions of '0, 1, 2' and '0, 2, 3' are also considered to be a street
bet. You can
cover 4 numbers, called a corner bet, that pays 8 to 1. You can cover 6 numbers,
which is called a line bet, that pays 5 to1 by placing a chip on two
adjoining streets. Additionally, for American roulette, there is the
Five-number bet which covers '0,00,1,2,3' and pays 6:1, and the Row 00
bet which covers 0 and 00 and pays 17:1.
Outside BetsThese are bets made that do not involve specific numbers. Here are some
examples. You can bet a red or a black number will win (color bet), it pays 1 to 1.
You can bet the number will be odd or even (even/odd bet), it pays 1 to 1. You can bet
the number will be high 19 to 36 or low 18 or less (high low bet), it pays 1 to 1.
You can bet on any of the three columns (column bet). If a number in that column
wins, you will be paid 2 to 1. The 36 numbers have been broken up into 3
dozens; they are called the first dozen, second dozen and third dozen.
You can bet on these groups, called a dozen bet. If
the dozen you select has the winning number it pays 2 to 1. The chart
shown above illustrates the various bet types and how to place them.
The bets that have been presented should be considered as tools for your
betting strategy at the roulette table. You must realize that no matter
what bet you make, the casino has an edge in their favor. There are
people who make money selling instructions on how to win at roulette.
Save your money, if they really had something that worked they would use
it for themselves and wouldn’t need to earn a few dollars selling fake
It is possible to win money at roulette. If there were no winners people
would not play the game. Obviously, having amazingly good luck is one
way to win. Here is another approach. You play close to even with the
casino and when you win some, get up and walk away. If the winnings do
not happen you have not lost much money because you are playing close to
even with the house.
One way to play close to even with the casino is to stick to the even
money bets such as red or black, high or low, odd or even. Always keep
in mind that the house has a small percentage in their favor as when the ball
lands on zero and all bets are lost, except of course if you played
With this method there is no guarantee of winning, although it is a
definite possibility, the idea is to not lose too much or too rapidly,
and leave when the tide of battle turns slightly in your favor. Albert
Einstein is reputed to have said the only way to make money at a
roulette table is to steal it!
A few of the systems that have become popular (and do not work) are; The
Martindale in which you keep doubling your bet until you win or hit the
house limit. The D’Alembert System which would have you add a unit to
your bet when you lose, and subtract a unit from your bet when you win.
There is also a reverse of this, so you add a unit when you win and
subtract when you lose. Neither one of these work well because before
you know it you are betting large amounts just to make a very small
Another of these methods that refuse to die is the Labouchere System. You write
down a series of 7 or 8 numbers. You add the front and back numbers
together and that is the amount of your bet. If you win, cross off the
first and last numbers and bet the amount of the new first and last
numbers. If you lost the initial bet, add the amount you lost to the end
of the series as the new last number. Your next bet is the total of that
number plus the first number. The idea is to cross off all of the
numbers at which time you will show a profit. It is complicated,
annoying and worst of all will quickly do violence to your bank roll.
Stay with simple even money bets or the strategy outlined. Good Luck.
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