25 July 2014 Written by: magenti
The game Roulette has been around for thousands of years and dates back to the 17th century when Blaise Pascal, a mathematician was attempting to build a perpetual motion machine and failed. However, he did succeed in building a wheel that could spin freely and thus played a very important role in the development of Roulette. This was the first wheel that could produce random results whereas before, the wheel would stop at certain points due to increased friction and held no random factor.
The wheel consists of numerous numbers that range from zero to 36 in European Roulette and double zero and zero to 36 in American Roulette. The wheel itself is quite large and the numbers are placed around the outside of the wheel. The numbers are not placed in order but all roulette wheels follow the same numbering structure. Each number has a specific colour that can either be red or black, expect the 0 and 00 numbers being green in colour. Each number will also alternate from red to black around the wheel to ensure no spots with the same colour next to each other.
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Each number placed around the wheel will have a designated slot for the ball to land in once the wheel comes to a stop to determine the winning number. There is a track that runs around the wheel but does not spin which is dedicated for the roulette ball that is made out of steel. Once the wheel starts spinning, the ball will be released around the track which will go in a counter direction in which the wheel was spun. Once the ball losses momentum, it will fall onto the wheel. Placed at the inside edge of the outside track there are also a series of bumps which will add to the randomness of where the ball will land before it finally stops in a slot of a specific number.
The betting area is placed next to the wheel that consists of sections with each number on the roulette wheel placed on a flat surface. The numbers are placed in numerical order and players can place their chips on the number they think the ball will land on. The betting area is also broken up in sections in order for players to bet on groups of numbers instead of a single number. Around the outside of the betting area are more spots for placing other bets that include betting on black or red or odds and even’s. Over and above the sections mentioned, there are numerous outside bets running around the inside bet area that basically work the same as inside bets. Therefore you may have to take some time to check each section before you place your bet as there is quite a selection to give you a great variety of winning combinations.
- The most obvious bet is called a straight bet and is made by placing a chip on a single number in the betting area where your payout will be 35 to 1 and 36 to 1 in American Roulette due to the 00 added. This might be a fantastic payout ratio to wager on but the odds are not in your favor and therefore roulette players tend to make small straight bets on numerous numbers to increase their odds on landing on a winning number.
- You can bet on 2 numbers by simply placing a chip on the line between 2 numbers or bet on 4 numbers by placing the chip on the spot where they all intersect.
- You are also more than welcome to place a bet on a column of three numbers and in each of these instances the payout will be 35 to 1 which will be divided by the number of spots you bet and will also be rounded off to the nearest whole number.
- Other bets included on the betting area are called outside bets which include betting on odd or even numbers or simply the colour red or black. You also have the option to bet a third of the wheel which consist of 1-12, 13-25 and 25-36 and betting on a column of 12 numbers will pay out 2-1.
At first roulette will give you the impression that it’s a simple game and you simply need to place your chips to see if you can strike it rich by landing on a specific number. However, this game becomes very intriguing with numerous complications once you see the array of betting options displayed within the betting area and will definitely keep you guessing as you try to figure out which number the roulette ball will land on next.