A look at the ultimate game of luck.

Roulette IconRoulette is a game often associated with the rich and famous, but in reality, the wide range of betting options and limits means that it's a game that can be enjoyed by all. While some casino games feature a combination of chance and skill, roulette is all about getting lucky. Many have tried to implement successful roulette systems that allow them to consistently win, but the truth is that there's no such thing.

The best way to ensure a good time while playing roulette is to know which bets to make. Because of the dependence on luck, few games can match the excitement that's generated from waiting for the roulette ball to land on a number.

Roulette is a pretty simple game, where the aim is to predict what number the ball is going to land on. A wheel is spun with the ball being thrown in the opposite direction and players are able to place bets on a table with various options on it. To make it slightly easier, in addition to betting on the exact number that the ball is going to end up on, there are other bets, such as whether the number will be even or odd, red or black and within a range of numbers.

Roulette has been involved in a number of films and other events including the legendary Casablanca. UK illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown filmed himself attempting to predict the single number outcome of one spin while betting with £5,000 of a member of the public's money. Unfortunately for Brown, and the member of the public, betting on 8 didn’t pay off as the ball landed in the slot next to it at 30.

Online Roulette

A visit to an online casino will often result in seeing a number of different variations of roulette. While variety is obviously the spice of life, the sheer number of choices can be a bit off-putting. The three most traditional variations of roulette are European, French and American roulette. The differences between these are explained in the rules section of this guide.

Online Roulette Screenshot Roulette at Betfair Casino

Playing roulette online, as opposed to in a land based casino, is much simpler and is ideal for players who aren't too familiar with the game. By simply clicking on the amount you want to bet and then the corresponding area of the table, you can place your wagers and then watch as the ball makes its way round the wheel.

If you're still unsure of the game after reading this guide, then there's always the play for free area which almost all online casinos offer. This is great to work out the ways of the game or even to test out a new strategy, although we're always a bit sceptical about roulette systems.

One major benefit of online roulette to playing in a land based casino is that you actually have a better chance of winning. This is thanks to the variations on offer, because many casinos in the US, UK and around the world will only offer US roulette. However, online casinos tend to offer US and European roulette and as is about to be explained, given that choice you should always play European roulette.

Rules of Roulette

Players at a roulette table can place a variety of bets, such as what number the ball will land on, or on what colour it will land. The roulette table is laid out with each number and bet categorised and to either the left or right of the table you can locate the roulette wheel.

The wheel is usually red or black in colour and can feature between 37-38 numbers on the wheel. Bets are made by clicking on the appropriate section of the table and then the wheel is spun in one direction and the ball in the opposite. Eventually, the ball will stop and the colour and number it lands on will determine who the winners are at the table.

Different roulette bets can be categorised in to two main sections – inside and outside bets. Inside bets are wagers where players select the number or the range that the ball will land on. Outside bets are broader and are when the player bets on whether the ball will land on a red or black section or whether the number will be odd or even. Dozen bets are also an outside bet, where you can bet which grouping of 12 the ball will fall into (for example; 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36). A similar bet is to select which group of 18 the ball will land on (such as low 18 which is 1-18 or high eighteen which is 19-36).

There is one notable difference between the most popular forms of the game – American and European roulette. This difference is the amount of numbers on the wheel. In European roulette, there are 37 numbers on the wheel, however, in American roulette there are 38 numbers. This extra number is a double zero, which is used exclusively in American roulette. This makes the game harder to predict as there are more possible outcomes.

The amount of zeroes on a wheel, however unimportant it may seem, can be integral to your gameplay. If the roulette wheel lands on a zero, then all bets go to the house that weren't placed on it. If there are two zeroes on a wheel, then the house has more chance of taking your bet.

Roulette Strategy

When it comes to roulette strategy there have been many theories, systems and schemes put forward over the years. However, we're sorry to report that they're all bogus. No roulette system has ever consistently produced wins and many are simply money management systems that don’t even work that well.

Roulette systems have even been discussed in the Encyclopaedia Britannica with similar conclusions being drawn. It's best summarised with this statement: "regardless of what system is used, in the long run it cannot overcome the house's advantage".

Sorry if we've ruined your dreams of finding a perfect roulette system, but there are ways that you can help yourself while playing. The main two involve effective money management and spreading your bets evenly.

By spreading your bets, we mean placing a number of inside bets, so you have a good covering of the table. This will provide you with a much better chance of winning and means that you could still be in for the huge wins that everyone hopes for. Good money management is making sure that you aren't betting recklessly and that if you do win then you can win big.