HOW TO PLAY
- One of the easiest games in the casino,
roulette requires no skill whatsoever on the part of the player.
Pick a birthday, anniversary or any significant date, or bet any
combination of color, odd/even, high, low, or straight up. It is all
blind luck anyway. Most Strip casinos have a five dollar minimum
bet; which means that each outside bet (the bets closest to the
player with the lowest odds) must be at least five dollars each. On
the inside bets, you can bet one dollar chips on individual numbers
as long as you bet a minimum of five dollars total for each spin.
The payout odds for an inside bet
- One number (straight up) 35 to 1
- Two numbers (split) 17 to 1
- Three numbers (street) 11 to 1
- Four numbers (corner) 8 to 1
- Six numbers (six line or double street)
5 to 1
- There are two sets of outside bets.
The table is divided into three dozens, 1st, 2nd and 3rd
or numbers 1 through 12, 13 through 24, and 25 through 36. The table
is also divided lengthwise into three columns at the end of
the layout. Both the columns and the dozens pay
The outside bets closest to the players are
the even money bets. These consist of 1 to 18 (Low), 19 to 36
(High), Odd or Even, and Red or Black. If
five dollars is bet on red and a red number comes up, that five
dollars wins another five (even money). If black comes up, it
loses. If zero or double zero come up, all outside
bets lose. (The zeros themselves pay the same as any other
individual number. They are only the "house number" when
applied to outside bets.)
Many casinos now have "reader
boards", electronic signs on each table that show the last
twenty numbers or so. It is tempting, when a string of, say, red
numbers are shown, to suppose that a black number must come up next.
It may well happen. This is, after all, why we call it gambling.
But, bear in mind that the wheel has no memory and the dealer,
whatever people tell you, has no special skill to influence the ball
one way or another.
Much money has been lost in doubling up or chasing.
Casinos have maximums to stop people with lots of money from simply
doubling up on a losing bet until it wins. For example, a player on
a $10,000 maximum table who bets $25 on red and loses can double up
and bet $50. If he then wins he is ahead $25. If he loses though and
keeps losing, doubling up each time in eight losing spins - not at
all uncommon - he is betting $6400 to win $25. If that bet loses, he
cannot double up since the casino's maximum is $10,000. He needs to
bet $12,800. So, even if he bets $10,000 and wins, he is still stuck
Do's and Don'ts
- Don't start placing bets until the
dealer has finished paying everyone and removed the marker from
the winning bet.
- Do not, under any circumstances, touch
the winning bet until everyone has been paid.
- If the dealer takes your winning bet, or
even if you think he might have, mention it to him quickly, but
calmly. The dealers can make mistakes and a polite approach is
more likely to get you paid than an antagonistic attitude.
Remember, the dealer wants you to win. He's hoping for a tip.
- Don't lean on the screen around the
- Don't ask to spin the ball unless your
credit line is at least $3,000,000!
- Don't throw chips. If you can't reach,
ask the dealer to place the bets for you.