How to play roulette: strategies, odds and choice of numbers

Roulette is a table game in which you bet chips on a board of 38 numbers in red or black. A ball spins from the top of the roulette wheel and comes to rest on one of the numbers, determining the winner.

There are 38 numbers on the board, 1-36, 0 and 00. The maximum payout is 35-1, with the 0 and 00 representing the house edge, much like a charge for each spin.

Below we will explain the best strategies for playing roulette.

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How to Play Roulette

Buy tokens by clicking on the denominations you want, then start placing them on the board. Each player receives tokens with a unique color to distinguish them, which can be stacked on top of other players’ tokens.

Roulette numbers are aligned in three vertical columns.

The first column starts with 1 and continues through 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and 34.

The next column starts with 2 and continues through 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, and 35.

The third column starts with 3 and continues through 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, and 36.

Above the lines are the numbers 0 and 00.

If you are the only player, place your bets then press the dial. If there are two or more players, there is a timer that counts down to zero before bets are cut and the wheel spins automatically. When the ball lands, there is a board that displays the number and repeats it after each spin.

If you win, you can keep playing the same numbers or try something else. Many players will add the chips that have just been won to their stack and let the original bets roll on the chance that the ball can land on the same number again.

But if you lose, your chips are removed from the table and you start with new bets.

Strategies to increase the odds

If you’re new to the game, it’s a good idea to start with chips that have the minimum cost to play, say $1 or $5, to familiarize yourself with it. Another way to enjoy the game without risking too much is to play 50-50 bets.

There are squares to land on red or black, odd or even, or 1-18 and 19-36 numbers. If you win, you receive the same amount you bet.

There is no set way to determine where the ball lands, so 50-50 bets give you the best chance of winning.

How to play roulette: Choosing your numbers

Some people play their personal favorite numbers – a lucky seven for example – a birthday, anniversary, day of the month, etc. Others will bet over and over again on the same number(s), thinking they will eventually hit.

Then there are some who prefer numbers at the top of the table or in the middle, while others opt for those at the bottom. You can play as many tokens on the board, covering as many areas as you want. Every bet is essentially a matter of choice as you are not competing with another player or the dealer.

The bet with the highest payout is 35-1, which happens if the wheel lands on your number. Regardless of your bet, you receive 35 times the amount.

There are several other bets, each with lower odds. You can place a token on a horizontal or vertical dividing line between two contiguous numbers, for example between 1 and 2 (horizontally) or 1 and 4 (vertically). This is called a split bet. If the ball lands on one of these numbers, the payout is 17-1.

You can make a street bet that covers three numbers horizontally – for example, 1, 2 and 3 – on a line that crosses them from the side of the board, with a payout of 11-1. You can cover four contiguous numbers, say 1, 2, 4 and 5, by placing a chip in the middle of them and the payout is 8-1. This is called a square bet or a four corner bet.

You can cover six two-row numbers – called a six-line bet – on a line that intersects them and the payout is 5-1. You can bet on any of the vertical columns and the payout is 2-1.

There are also boxes for the numbers 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36. You can place as many chips there as you want and the payout is also 2-1.

It’s important to start with a defined bankroll and jump into the game, rather than throwing away all your chips at once. You can strike right away, but you can also lose it all and then you will have to put more money in your account or take your pieces.

It’s a high-risk, high-reward game, depending on the type of bet, so it’s best to stay in your lane of financial comfort.

It’s also good to play a few rounds and then sit out a few. Playing longer does not increase your chances of winning. But the absolute rule is that you will never go bankrupt by making a profit.

is a Toronto-based freelance writer who writes casino content for NorthStar Bets. NorthStar Bets is owned by NordStar Capital, which also owns Torstar, Star’s parent company.

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