Roulette is one of the most popular, traditional casino games you can play on the internet. This hugely successful game has been a part of the casino scene for over 250 years, and it is not hard to see why. The basic premise of the game is that you place a bet based on the numbers on a roulette wheel. You are wagering that the ball will land in a numbered and coloured pocket, which is favourable to the bet you have made. If it does not, you lose. If it does, you win. Several roulette variants are available to play, although they mostly all adopt the same basic strategy.
The roulette wheel features numbers (1-35) in red and black colours, and either one or two zero pockets. European and French roulette contains just one zero pocket (0), whilst American roulette contains two (0) and (00). If the ball lands in any zero pocket, you lose your bet. That is, unless you are playing with French roulette rules, such as La Partage or En Prison, in which case half of your bet may be saved, or carried on.
In front of the roulette wheel is a betting board, upon which sit many different types of bets. They are known as inside and outside bets. Outside bets are more likely to come off, but they pay less. They are low (1-18), high (19-36), red, black, odd, even, dozen and column bets.
Inside bets are less likely to occur, but pay substantially more. These six bets include splits (two numbers), streets or trios (betting on three numbers), corners (four numbers), and six lines (six numbers). A straight-up bet involves betting on a single number on the roulette wheel.
After betting, the roulette wheel is spun, and which pocket the ball lands in determines whether or not your bet has been successful. If it lands in an unfavourable pocket, or any of the zeros, you lose. If it lands in a favourable pocket, then you will win either 1:1 for red, black, odd, even, high or low bets, 2:1 for dozens or columns, 5:1 for six lines, 8:1 for corners, 11:1 for trios and streets, 17:1 for splits, and 35:1 for straight-up bets.