Roulette for Beginners

Roulette means Little Wheel in French, and was first played in the aristocratic houses of this and other European countries. Today its sophistication is enjoyed in offline and online casinos all around the world, including in Australia. To start off your journey with this rewarding game, check out the basic guidelines below.

Basic Game Rules

The game hasn’t actually changed all that much, and is similar to the first Little Wheel entertainments played centuries ago. A wheel with thirty-seven (or thirty-eight in the case of the American version) panels is spun. The slots numbered one to thirty-six are alternately coloured in black and red, and the zero and (in the case of the American version) double zero slots are coloured green. When the wheel is moving a ball is dropped onto it, and then ultimately lands in one of the slots. The wheel is usually spun by a croupier in offline games, or with immersive animations online.

You must put money down on where you ultimately think the ball will land when the wheel comes to rest. There are different betting options, depending on how lucky you are feeling. You can wager on the ball landing on odds or evens, on a colour, within a number range or even on a specific number. It all depends on how much risk you want to take at the time.

Gameplay and Strategy

There are several versions of the game, and when playing online these are much more easily available. You can choose from American, Asian, European, Mini and French variations of Roulette, all of which have their own strengths and weaknesses. Spend some enjoyable time investigating them all, and you’ll soon find the versions you most prefer.

Whether you are playing online or offline, the same basic strategy rules apply. In general, you should stick to bets that are as close as possible to even money, which will help you avoid anything too risky. These include odd/even, red/black and 1st/2nd 18 numbers. Roulette games are always random, so the best thing to do is use this to your advantage when you plan your strategy. To help you place shrewd bets, you can also find and download the full analysis of every possible outcome’s odds from several reputable online sites. There are many other online tools to discover as well, as you play more and more.

You’ll also find more and more strategy outlines as you play, and one of the most widely used is the Martingale Online Roulette Strategy. It’s a great place to begin your adventures because it is so commonly used. With this game plan, you basically double your bets when you lose and halve them when you win. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it allows you to eventually catch up with yourself. If, for example, you bet five coins and then lose, you double your next bet and put ten coins down. If you lose again, put twenty down, and then forty if you lose again. At this point you will have seventy-five coins on the table, including the forty that you just bet. If you win now, you will be up five coins. If you keep raising your wagers exponentially and hold out until you eventually win, all is well.

Only the Beginning

The more you spin the Little Wheel, the more you will develop your own strategy. Use these guidelines as a springboard and enjoy developing your own playing style.