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A Beginner’s Guide to Roulette


Roulette is a casino game which has been around for hundreds of years. It originated in France and is one of the most popular games in casinos around the world. The game is based on chance and no strategy can be used to overcome the house edge.

The game consists of a wheel that spins and a ball that moves from the wheel to different numbered sectors on the table. Players can place bets on inside or outside numbers and they win when the ball lands on their bet.

A roulette wheel consists of a disk slightly convex in shape with metal partitions known as separators or frets around its rim. These divisions are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36 in alternate red and black. On American wheels there are also two green compartments on opposite sides of the wheel numbered 0 and 00.

Before the game begins, the player places chips on the betting mat at the precise location indicating the bet being made. The dealer then removes a chip that indicates the number hit on the last decision and re-seals it to the betting mat.

Besides the standard bets on six or more numbers, there are other special bets in roulette called announced bets. These are most commonly found in French Roulette but can also be present in online European Roulette variants.

Some of these announced bets cover several numbers and have a very high payout percentage, but they are not available in all roulette variations. A common example is the 5-number bet ‘5 and the neighbours’ which covers 5 and 2 other neighbouring numbers on each side of the bet.

Announced bets are very popular in Roulette and are essential to understand if you want to play the game in full. They are a great way to make more money, but they are very complicated and you must have a good understanding of the rules before placing your bets.

When you start playing the game, it is important to know the betting limits and to match them with your bankroll. This will ensure that you won’t go over the table limit or lose too much money if you make a mistake.

There are also some roulette tips that you can use to increase your chances of winning. Some of them include choosing the right color to bet on, knowing which number to bet on and knowing when to bet on a single number or a group of numbers.