How to Play Roulette

Understanding the Wheel

The first thing you’ll notice when you sit down to learn how to play roulette online is the wheel. It has 38 numbers, including 1 through 36, a single zero, and a double zero. If you’re playing the European version, only 37 numbers appear, as the double zero is absent. You’ll also notice that the numbers are not listed consecutively. Instead, they’re out of sequence, but they do alternate from black to red, with the exception of the single and double zeroes, which are green.

The dealer who spins the wheel is called the croupier in a live casino. You might notice that the wheel spins in one direction while the ball spins in the opposite direction. These things might not seem important when playing online, but it’s still good to know some of the details of the game.

As you start to learn how to play roulette online, you’ll also notice that the actual wheel may be completely stationary when you start up the game (this depends on the casino). It will spin after you’ve locked in your bets. But before you can do that, you need to know how the betting board works.

A Quick Review of the Roulette Board

The roulette board is where you place your bets, and you should review the board thoroughly if you want to learn how to play the game the right way. Remember those numbers on the wheel? They’re replicated on the board. But instead of being out of sequence, they’re actually in consecutive order, from left to right, separated into three columns. To bet on a number, just drop your chips directly on the number, right on the felt.

But before you drop all your chips on one number, it’s important to learn how to play roulette by making other bets. Instead of just betting on one specific number, you can bet on the first dozen, the second dozen, or the third dozen. You can also bet on any of the three columns, the first 18 numbers, or the second 18 numbers.

Other bets you should know about if you want to learn how to play roulette include the street bet (betting on three numbers in a row, starting with the left column number), the corner bet (betting on four numbers), the split bet (betting on two numbers) and the line bet (betting on six numbers).

Think you know everything about how to play online roulette? Not yet. Don’t forget about betting on blacks or reds, or evens or odds.

Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

  • Know the rules. Different types of games have different rules, so make sure you’ve got them down before putting any real money on the tables.
  • Your odds are better when you bet on more than one number at a time. Combo-bets, red/black and odd/even are great bets for beginners.
  • There are a number of roulette strategies to try, but remember that none can guess the next number to come. You can increase your odds of winning, but it is gambling after all. Play for fun