Roulette which means "small wheel", consists of a wheel, a ball and a betting grid and players can choose to bet on a number, a range of numbers, colours and more. Most online casinos offer variations of the game including American Roulette, European Roulette and French Roulette as well as progressive games.
Once a player has placed their bets, the Spin button initiates play and the ball is released in the opposite direction of the spinning wheel. Roulette bets are determined by which particular numbered pocket the roulette ball lands in. A player wins the round if the ball comes to rest on a number they have wagered on or if it belongs to a group of numbers that was wagered.
Roulette offers a multitude of betting options but as a general rule, the more numbers you bet on, the higher your probability of winning but with a lower payout. However, if you bet on fewer numbers, you have a lower probability of winning, but with a higher payout. There are two main types of bets - Inside and Outside bets where the former refers to the all bets placed inside the betting grid with higher payouts. Outside bets are those that are placed on the outside of the betting grid and consist of larger groups of numbers with lowers odds.
Inside Bets consist of a Straight Up Bet which can offer up to 35 times your wager and is a bet on a particular number. A Split Bet is a bet on two numbers next to each other while a Street Bet is a wager on three numbers in a horizontal row. Corner Bet or Square Bet are wagers on a block of four numbers on the grid while a Line Bet is one where a player wagers on six numbers.
Outside Bets include the Column Bet which is a wager placed on one of the three vertical columns of twelve numbers, a Dozen Bet on the first dozen - numbers 1 to 12, second dozen - 13 to 24, or third dozen - 25 to 36. Other outside bets include High / Low, Even / Odd, and Colour bets where player bets on all black numbers or all red numbers. All casinos offer detailed Help Section to ensure that new players understand roulette rules and the various betting options. Additionally, players have the option of playing for free to get acquainted with the game.