Roulette Casino Game Resource

Last update on February 08, 2013

The History of the Game- The Spinning Wheel of Luck

Roulette is one of the most commonly played table games at land-based and online gambling venues. The history of the game dates back to the 17th century. The game originated from Germany, in Hamburg. In the 19th century, the game started to become popular in the United States. 

The roulette table consists of three parts. The first part is the roulette wheel. This wheel usually has 37 numbers. These numbers include the numbers between 1 and 36, half of them are red & the other half is black and a green colored “0”. The second part is the ball; this ball is tossed when the wheel starts spinning. The third part is the wagering area. This area is where players will place their chips on the numbers they want to wager on. It is a piece of cloth that has the different wagers printed on it.

The game has numerous versions; there is the French Roulette version that is played in France, American Roulette that is played in America and European Roulette which is the most popular version of roulette. The gaming procedure is the same; the only difference is the roulette wheel. In the French and European Roulette, the wheel has numbers that range between 1-36 and the 0. As for the American Roulette, the wheel has 38 slots, the 1-36 numbers, Zero “0” and double zero “00”.

The Procedure

Players at the roulette table will start to place their chips on the wagering area. In order to prevent the chips from being mixed, each player will purchase different colored chips at the roulette table. These chips can only be cashed and wagered with on the roulette table. Players will keep placing and even changing their bets as the croupier tosses the ball and spins the wheel. As soon as the ball is close to stopping and resting on a number, the croupier will signal players that they cannot change or place any more bets.

When the ball rests on a number on the wheel, the croupier will place a dolly on the winning number and he will start to pay players their winnings and take in the losing bets.

The Wagering Options

Roulette is known for having a lot of wagering options that can be found in the betting area. Here are some of the bets.

Straight Bet:

Players will place a bet on a specific number. If the ball lands on that specific number, the player will win. Since the chances are very small, this is the highest paying wager that pays thirty-five to one.

Split Bet:

When players place their chops in the line that lies between two numbers, it is a split bet. They are splitting the value of the chips between these numbers. This bet pays seventeen to one.


Players will place a wager on black or red, they will win if the ball lands on a number that has the color they chose. This bet pays one to one.


Players bet that the ball will land on an even number or an odd number. It pays even money.

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