Thursday, October 25, 2007

Best Online Roulette

Online gambling is booming and the games on offer are numerous. The choice can at times be overwhelming, especially for those who are looking to play roulette – one of the most popular games both in the online and land based casinos.

Whatever games a player wishes to play, from poker to blackjack or from the slots to keno to craps, there will be a particular casino that will satisfy most needs and even offer different versions of the games available – “Seven Card Stud” poker, as opposed to “Texas Holdem” poker is an example.

The best online roulette table is virtually the same as one in a land based casino. Players call a number and a colour – either red or black. A small ball is then rolled in one direction inside a large wheel and the wheel is spun in the opposite direction. The ball finally comes to rest in a particular slot and that would be the winning number. There are 36 slots in the wheel, half are red and the other half are black. The zero slot is green. In America, there are two zero slots and the odds of the house winning are therefore higher, however in Europe there is only one and the borderless nature of online gambling means the advantages are now universal. (Of course state laws may prohibit players from gambling from within their states).

To play roulette
or any other game online and to gamble on the outcome is to take a risk and the chances of a victory online are as slim as in a land based casino. The most important element when playing online is the element of fun. In order to enjoy their online gambling experience, a player should take both care and time in sampling and selecting the casino that is ideal for them. The great thing about gambling online is that it is so easy to travel between casinos and make an informed decision on where it is that one wishes to play, whether one wishes to play roulette or any other game. How user-friendly the interface of the casino is, what bonus offers and bonus schemes are being provided, whether games need to be downloaded, the limits and the option of being able to play the games for free are all factors that could be taken into consideration when deciding on the most ideal casino to gamble in.

Being able to play the games for free is very useful for online gamblers. It provides them with an opportunity to practise and enjoy the leisurely aspect of playing games online. It is also a chance to gain familiarity and experience in a particular game and to potentially help prevent expensive mistakes when playing with real money. This playing for free option is unique to the internet and only possible because of the low running costs of the casinos. It means that everyone can get a chance to gamble with some confidence, no matter how inexperienced one is.

In a land based casino, a tired dealer and fiercely competitive players means that sitting at a roulette table with an audience may not be a particularly comfortable or enjoyable experience for many players. But being able to play the games for free online before betting money on the outcome alleviates the spectacle aspect of casino gambling and opens up the games to those who would not usually feel comfortable gambling on their own in a land based casino. Practising for free is also a great way to build and develop a strategy and strategies are useful when gambling because they can potentially raise the odds of the player winning against those of the house. Strategies should not however be confused with systems. A gambling system is a devised and guaranteed method of play that supposedly ensures the player will be victorious against the house. Any such system is likely to spell disaster for the casino companies so great caution is advised before subscribing to one in the faith that the casinos have not tailored their games to be immune to such a system.

Roulette Varients

Roulette variants are very obvious when comparing the wheels. There are two types of roulette, with the two types of roulette being American and European roulette. The difference between the two types is the number of 0’s on the wheel.

You can see the obvious when looking at the wheel before playing at the roulette wheel. American is known as having two 0’s, which contains the numbers zero and also the double zero. American roulette also uses non-value chips, non value means that all chips belonging to the same player are of the same value determined at the time of purchase.

All the players chips could be five dollar chips or ten dollar chips and so on. And then when you look at European roulette, this game uses standard casino chips of differing values as bets, which can make the game more confusing for both the croupier and the players.

It is generally the color of the chips that will reveal the value of the chip to the dealer or the players who are all on the same table. A traditional European roulette table is also much larger than an American roulette table, and the croupier uses a long tool called a rake to clear out the chips and to distribute winnings.

There are three fundamental styles of roulette; American, European and French.

  • American Roulette This is played with a wheel having two zero slots, which augments the house edge.

  • European Roulette This is played with a single zero wheel and the same betting layout as the American version.

  • French Roulette This is played with a single zero wheel. Though the appearance of the layout is different for the "outside" bets, the rules of betting remain the same.

Roulette Betting

Roulette betting structure offers a wide variety of bets and betting options. The process of roulette betting is not a complicated one, and fortunately, unlike craps, you are given a good length of time at the table to choose where you want to lay your money down. Two types of roulette betting you can practice at the wheel are called the outside bets and the inside bets.

Roulette betting structure dictates that you are required to play the table minimum at least on each of your outside bets; on inside roulette betting the total of all of your bets must meet or exceed the table minimum. This bit of information is all you need to know in order to delve right into some roulette betting action. Lets start by describing each bet and how/where you play it according to the roulette betting structure.

Roulette betting - outside bets

The outside bets on a roulette board are simply the bets that reside `outside` of the main roulette betting area of 38 numbers. There are no winning outside bets for 0 or 00 results. Different types of outside bets:

Red or Black

You can choose to bet on the outcome either being a red number, or a black number. Place this bet right in the area with the words `red` or `black` in them, which should be easy to reach from beside the table. This is a very common form of roulette betting, as it is easy to understand that you have almost half a chance of winning.

People often make the bet making the incorrect assumption that if 5 blacks were spun, there is a better than 50% chance the sixth spin will be red. This is not logical roulette betting and the reason why is described in more detail on roulette system (soon to come) page. This bet is paid even money, meaning if you bet $5, you win $5.

Odd or Even

Similar to the red black bet, this even money bet is based on whether the number will be odd or even. This is also a common form of roulette betting. Since 0 does not count as either, there are 36 numbers, an even count between odd and even. This form of roulette betting is done by putting your chips in the middle of the square marked `even` or the square marked `odd`, which will usually reside on either side of the black / red betting area.

Low or high

This bet lets you predict whether you think the next number to come up will be part of the range from 1 to 18, or part of the range from 19 to 36. This is an even money roulette betting structure. To place this bet put your chips in the boxes with the associated number range printed in them.


At one end of the set of 38 numbers are boxes with the words `2 to 1` written in them. Each box is part of a column of numbers (if you extend a line up the body of the inside of the roulette betting area). If a number from within the column you are betting on comes up you win, and are paid 2 to 1. This is a safe roulette betting structure since if you put your bets on 2 out of the 3 columns, your chances of winning are increased dramatically.


A roulette betting structure very similar to the columns bet, dozens lets you place a bet on either the first dozen numbers (1-12), the second dozen (13-24), or the third dozen (25-36). To implement this form of roulette betting, find the rectangular areas located in between the first outside bets (red/black, odd/even, etc) and the inside board spread. These will usually be labeled with the words 1st 12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12. This roulette betting structure pays 2 to 1.

Information about Roulette

Roulette is a very popular gambling game. In this game, a croupier turns a round roulette wheel that has 37 or 38 numbered pockets in which a ball must land, and the ball will land in one of these pockets every time.

The main pockets are number from 1 to 36 and these pockets of the wheel will alternate with black and red, starting with a red number 1. On this wheel, there are also two more components, one with a 0 and the other with a 00.

While playing the game of roulette, if a player bets on a single number and wins the payouts are 35 to 1, which can be a large amount of money. The initial bet is returned and so in total it is multiplied by 36, if you are betting a dollar, you will win thirty-six dollars. If a player bets ten dollars, a return of three hundred sixty dollars will be the payout. When playing this game, you can bet on numbers, combinations, ranges, and colors.

Tips to win Roulette

Roulette is the third most popular casino game and with it come lots of ideas and recommendations on how to play and how to win.

These are not necessarily all true and correct. Here are some good tips which can help you on your way when playing Roulette:

  • Set yourself an amount of money that you are willing to play with and maybe lose. Make sure you keep some money back because as with the law of averages, after a number of games luck is bound to kick in.

  • Know the house odds for each type of bet you want to place in each type of game. There are many different types of bets with Roulette and each one has negative and positive sides for the player. Make sure you are aware of all of the scenarios before you place your bets.

  • Some casinos may offer better odds than others so don`t take one casino as definitely offering the same as the other. If there are special bonus plays or prizes offered, make sure you check out all of the details.

  • Online casinos offer welcome packages that involve minimum betting amounts, so if you are planning your betting structure at a certain casino make sure you know how you want to place your bets and the limits that you are going to put into place but take into account the minimums.

  • Choose which type of Roulette wheel you want to play with and stick with that. You can choose between the American wheel which has the extra zero, a double zero and the European wheel which has one zero. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. A game of American Roulette gives a better house advantage which is not what you want but if they offer the Atlantic City rules which have the option of Surrender then this can increase the player`s advantage. Some European games offer the En Prison rule, which again gives a higher advantage to the player.

  • Don`t pay attention to the books and articles that have been written advising to chart the wheel and work out probabilities of certain numbers. There is no proven system that works on sequential probability as this would involve one game being related to the other. Since every spin of the wheel is a new game, there is no probability advantage.

  • Before entering a game, spend some time watching the game, how each game is played and how the bets are placed. This helps you become more comfortable with the table and the game you are about to play.

  • If you are playing at an online casino, play a practice game where you don`t have to place real money bets before commencing the real game. This way you are sure of your game and not under pressure when you start to play with real money.

  • If you want to stay longer in the game, and make your bankroll last, stick to the bets and casinos that do not look for high rollers. There are Roulette wheels where you can bet as little as $0.25 per game.

  • If are playing just to win large sums of money then you need to start with a large bankroll and place high value bets.

  • It has been proven time and time again that if you stick to a consistent betting form you are more likely to win, so don`t be erratic in your betting. Decide on your amount and type of bets that you want to use for the duration of the play and stick to it.

  • If a casino offers the chance to Progressive betting, take it. This can often lead to large amounts being won. But, be conservative in how you approach it.