For all of the beginners out there, the most basic Online Roulette strategy entails deciding which of the two formats to play; American or European. It’s important to point out the difference between ‘American’ and ‘European’ Roulette game wheels. To make a long story short, if you have a choice, always play on a table with a European wheel. Why? Well, an American Roulette wheel has an extra slot for a ’00’. A European Roulette wheel has the numbers 1-36, plus a slot for zero, but no double zero.
This extra slot on the American wheel means that the odds of winning are slightly worse than on a European wheel. On both wheels, you may think that there is no rhyme or reason as to how the numbers are arranged. But, in fact, the numbers are arranged so that the odds of landing on high, low, odd or even numbers are evenly distributed. The zero and double zero numbers are in green and on opposite sides of the Roulette wheel. The colours and odd/even numbers alternate, and the numbers themselves are randomly distributed. So, if you’re ever faced with a choice between the two wheels, always go for the European variety!
Also, as with virtually all casino games offered by the better casinos, if you’re not totally at ease with wagering real cash immediately, be sure to take a free Online Roulette game for a few spins.
Below you can see a short description of the different sorts of Roulette rules including bets that can be placed and their corresponding payoffs.
Single: wagering on one number only. Payoff: 35 to 1.
Split: wagering on any two numbers by placing your bet on the line between them. Payoff: 17 to 1.
Trio: wagering on three numbers at their intersecting point (possible with either 0, 1, and 2 or 0, 2 and 3). Payoff: 11 to 1.
Corner: wagering on four numbers by placing your bet at their intersecting point. Payoff: 8 to 1.
Four Numbers: wagering on the numbers 0, 1, 2 and 3 by placing your bet at the intersection of 0 and 3. Payoff: 8 to 1.
Street – wagering on a row of three numbers by placing your bet at the end of the row. Payoff: 11 to 1
Line – wagering on two “streets” of numbers by placing your bet at the end of both rows, on the line between the rows. Payoff: 5 to 1.
Dozen – wagering on the “First 12,” “Second 12,” or “Third 12” boxes, as marked, covering 12 numbers each. Payoff: 2 to 1.
Column – wagering on a column of numbers by placing your bet in any of the three “2 to 1” boxes on the ends of the table. Like betting on dozens, columns cover 12 numbers. Payoff: 2 to 1.
High or Low – wagering on either the box marked “1 to 18” (low) or “19 to 36” (high). Payoff: 1 to 1.
Red or Black – wagering only on which colour will come up. Zero doesn’t count for either! Payoff: 1 to 1.
Odd or Even – wagering only on whether the number will be odd or even. Zero doesn’t count for either! Payoff: 1 to 1.