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How to play Roulette

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This classic casino game is one of the most well-known table games, having been immortalized in mainstream popular culture over the years.

Anyone who’s ever stepped foot inside a casino will instantly recognize the accoutrements of roulette – as will many of those to whom casino gaming remains a mystery, thanks to the presence of the game in movies, literature and even music.

Here at Wildz, we have an exciting selection of online roulette and Live Casino roulette games for you to dive into. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it’s never been easier to learn and play roulette.

Let’s start with the roulette basics

In both land-based and online casinos like Wildz, roulette is classed as a table game. Featuring prominently in our table games guide, roulette is often the first port of call for new gamers eager to experience the thrill of at-home casino gaming.
The game is played using a wheel and ball, a table with numbered betting grids and, of course, a croupier.

Roulette Wheel

The iconic red and black coloured roulette wheel is the center of the action. During a game, the croupier will spin the wheel and then release the ball in the opposite direction. The ball will continue to move around until the wheel completes its spin before dropping into one of the numbered pockets – this is the winning number.

Pockets

Every roulette wheel in existence comprises numbered red, black, and green pockets. The total number of pockets depends on the variant in play: European and French games have 37 numbered pockets (a single green 0 and red/black 1-36), while American games use a 38 numbered wheel (a green 00, green 0 and red/black 1-36).

Betting Grid

The table used in roulette games is patterned with several betting grids. You’ll notice a grid of numbers that correspond with the exact numbers on the wheel and additional grids that give you betting options such as odd/even, 1-18, 3rd 12 and so on. The layout of the French table looks somewhat different even from tables used in European games, but that’s because the additional betting grids are written in French. You’ll still be able to make the same bets regardless of which variant you play.

The Croupier

The croupier plays a vital role in land-based casinos and here in the Wildz Live Casino. The croupier doesn’t just spin the wheel; they also open and close the betting rounds within each spin. The presence of a qualified croupier at the roulette table keeps the game fair and transparent.

In our online roulette games, we use the latest cutting-edge software to automate the croupier’s actions, providing you with the same level of security and transparency you would expect from a live dealer.

Inside and outside bets and their respective odds of winning

When you play roulette games here at Wildz, you’ll have the choice to place bets in several ways. We categorize each type of bet as either an inside bet or an outside bet:

Inside Bets

These bets are placed inside the numbered grid and include all the numbers on the board, including 0 or 00. Inside bets include:

  • Straight up – a bet placed on any single number
  • Split – a bet placed between two adjacent numbers
  • Street – a bet covering three numbers in a row
  • Six Line – a bet on six separate numbers covering two consecutive rows
  • Corner – a bet on a combination of four numbers

Outside Bets

Outside bets are placed on the different boxes outside the numbered grid. They include:

  • 1st 12/2nd 12/3rd 12 or Premier Douzaine/Moyenne Douzaine/Dernier Douzaine (French)
  • Column (12 horizontal numbers)
  • 1-18/19-36 or Manque Passe (French)
  • Even/Odd or Pair/Impair (French)
  • Red/Black

How to play the different roulette variants in casinos

You don’t even need to leave the house to play roulette nowadays, especially if you have a online casinoaccount! In our roulette lobby, you’ll see an exciting selection of roulette variants, as well as Live Casino versions of roulette that you can play on your laptop, tablet or even your mobile phone.

As roulette is one of the most welcoming casino games for new players, we recognize that not everyone is an expert in which variant to play. That’s why it’s essential to become familiar with the different types of games you’ll find here at Wildz before you place any bets.

European Roulette

The classic game of roulette that’s in play worldwide – not just in European – European roulette is a single-zero game. This means that there’s only one green 0 pocket on the wheel, which gives a house edge of 2.70%.

French Roulette

Like European roulette, French roulette is a single-zero game. However, it has an advantage over the European variant because the house edge can be reduced to 1.35%. This is thanks to the two additional rules:

  • La Partage: if the ball lands on zero, half of your (even money) losing bet will be returned to you.
  • En Prison: if the ball lands on zero, you can receive half of your losing bet or place the same bet again.

American Roulette

Also, American roulette is less favourable to players in play throughout the world than the variants mentioned above. This is because of the double 00 pocket on the wheel, which increases the house edge to as much as 5.26%.

Let’s walk you through a typical roulette round

Here’s how to play a typical round:

  • Choose a bet on the roulette table, whether inside, outside or called
  • The croupier throws the ball into the spinning wheel (you can still make bets here if you wish)
  • The croupier announces ‘No More Bets’
  • The ball will land in a coloured pocket
  • Winners and losers are announced based on their bets. The croupier makes the relevant payouts and removes the losing chips from the board to add to the house’s stack.
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