Many people are drawn to casinos, as they provide a hope of a quickly found fortune. Sadly, in many cases, these people not only do not find a fortune, they leave with lighter pockets than when they went in. It can be frustrating and depressing t o say the least. A lot if the time, they are just unlucky. But other times, it is at least partially because they participate in games that they do not fully understand. They may not know all the particulars of a certain game, its odds and other details. Here we will learn a bit about the game of roulette.
Roulette means “little wheel” in French. And the game is, in fact, played with a spinning wheel. The wheel is divided into pockets numbered 1-36. A ball is spun around the periphery of the wheel and ultimately falls into one of the pockets. Numbers are either red or black. The numbers in the 1-10 range as well as the 20-27 range have the following code: odd numbers are red; even numbers are black. For the other numbers, the reverse red/black scheme is true. American roulette features two additional pockets: 0 and 00 which are both green.
Folks have multiple ways to wager. The most straight-forward is the straight bet. With this type if bet, they simply put their money on one number, or on several numbers and hope that one of those numbers comes in. One thing to remember is that the house pays 35:1 even though the odds of hitting any number are 37:1. This provides a slight advantage to the house.
There are many other ways to bet. Bettors may opt to only wager on whether the ball will land in a red or black pocket. Correctly hitting this pays even money, yet the odds are actually 1.11 to 1.Two other popular bets include even/odd and high/low. The high/low option basically means betting that the winning number will be 19-36 or be 1-18. Again, even money is paid out and the odds are slightly greater than even.
For those looking for higher payouts, they can wager on the zero/double zero rows. Should the ball land in either pocket the winner is rewarded with a seventeen to one payout. Of course with higher rewards come greater risks. The chances of hitting this bet are 19 to 1. Additionally, players can try their luck with the top line (0, 00, 1, 2, and 3) and hope to make six dollars for every dollar wagered.
Throughout the history of the game, many systems have emerged claiming to give an advantage to the player over the house. The bad news is that many of these systems rely on the false notion that eventually a number must come in. This really is just not true. The wheel does not look back to see what n umber has not come in for a while. Each spin is independent of previous spins. The odds of a number coming in are always 37:1 no matter what has previously come in.
The bottom line with gambling is that it is ultimately luck that determines whether you win or lose. But roulette is still a fun, exciting and social game that can bring you a good time. And, you never know: you could walk away with that small fortune.