Roulette, is, of course, one of the most popular casino games ever made. When you think of a casino, roulette is likely to be one of the first games which really comes to mind! In this guide, we’ll be taking a quick look at some of the more popular ways to play roulette, but our main aim is to introduce you to the basic roulette rules if you are looking to learn how to play roulette for the first time. It’s one of the most exhilarating casino games around. Picking the right numbers seems easy enough – you just need to guess when and where the ball is going to land. Roulette is a staple game here at Napoleons, and across our casino venues we’re ready to share a series of twists on the fun that we think you’ll enjoy. Before you get anywhere near the table, however, make sure to read on and get the lowdown on how to play the game for real.
Basic Roulette Rules
The basic roulette rules are fairly simple. It’s a numbers game! A roulette table consists of a wheel, a ball, and a ‘layout’ (which shows the numbers from the wheel and other bets available. All you need to do is place your bets onto the layout based on which number you think the ball is going to land in at the end of its spin. The roulette ball is spun by the croupier in the opposite direction to that of the wheel, and all players will be casting a keen eye over where it is likely to stop.
Napoleons Casinos use the American type roulette wheel with 37 equal sized compartments – one green in colour marked zero and the others numbered from one to thirty-six coloured red or black alternately in an internationally recognised sequence.
The roulette layout, is where you place your bets. It’s here where you will choose where you think the ball will land after the croupier spins the ball. You can choose to gamble on an ‘outside’ bet (i.e. an even chance bet – 1-18 or 19-36, red or black, odd or even, or bet on a whole dozen or column which would pay odds of 2 to 1. There are also different types of layout bets which work at different odds: a bet on a single number (‘straight-up’) would pay 35 to 1; a bet on two numbers side by side on the layout (‘split’) e.g. 16/17, 8/11 etc. would pay 17 to 1; a bet on three numbers side by side on the layout (‘street’) e.g. 4/5/6, 34/35/36 etc. would pay 11 to 1; a bet on four numbers in a block on the layout (‘corner’) e.g. 8/9/11/12, 26/27/29/30 etc. would pay 8 to 1; a bet on six numbers in a block on the layout (‘six-line’) e.g. 1/2/3/4/5/6, 22/23/24/25/26/27 etc. would pay 5 to 1.
Each roulette table has “colour” chips specific to that table and player, so you purchase your chips at the table you intend to play.
Remember – the minimum and maximum stake per bet will be shown at each table. You buy chips by placing money down on the table and asking the croupier for ‘colour’ (the croupier is not allowed to take money directly from your hand). You begin betting when the croupier announces “Place your bets.” and must stop betting when the croupier announces “No more bets thank you.” When the ball falls into the winning number, the croupier places a marker (called a “dolly”) onto the winning number on the layout, removes all losing bets and then pays all winning bets.
When you decide to stop playing you must exchange any “colour” chips for “cash value” chips with the croupier. These can then be used at other gaming tables or exchanged for cash at the Cash Desk.