Roulette, a popular casino game originating from 18th-century France, revolves around a spinning wheel featuring numbered pockets and a small white ball. The objective is for players to predict where the ball will land among the numbered slots on the wheel. Here’s a comprehensive explanation of the rules:

In roulette, a standard wheel typically has 37 or 38 numbered pockets, alternating between red and black colors, with a green pocket labeled “0” (and “00” in American roulette). The numbers on the wheel range from 1 to 36.

Players have the opportunity to place a variety of bets on the roulette table, categorized into two main types: inside bets and outside bets. Inside bets include straight bets (betting on a single number), split bets (placing a bet on the line between two adjacent numbers), street bets (betting on a row of three numbers), corner bets (placing a bet on the intersection of four numbers), and six-line bets (betting on two adjacent rows of three numbers). Outside bets consist of options like red/black, even/odd, high/low, and dozens (betting on the ball landing in the first, second, or third dozen numbers).

Before the dealer spins the wheel, players place their bets. The dealer releases the ball onto the spinning wheel in the opposite direction. Bets can be placed until the dealer announces, “No more bets.”

The outcome is determined when the ball settles into one of the numbered pockets. Winners receive payouts based on the odds associated with their specific bet.

Payouts vary depending on the type of bet. For instance, straight bets have higher payouts (35:1) compared to even-money bets like red/black (1:1).

Some versions of roulette introduce special rules such as En Prison and La Partage. En Prison allows players to either take back half their bet or leave it for the next spin if the ball lands on zero. La Partage refunds half the bet if the ball lands on zero.

There are two main variations of roulette: American and European. American roulette features an additional “00” pocket, increasing the house edge, while European roulette has only one “0” and is considered more favorable to players.

The house edge in roulette varies based on the version played, generally standing around 2.70% for European and 5.26% for American roulette.

Understanding these rules enhances the overall experience and strategic approach when playing roulette.