Option #2: Roulette – Riskier, But Easier To Play
Roulette is the most iconic casino game in the world.
It’s heavily featured in Hollywood movies and is often associated with glamour and luxury.
The game is straightforward to play and offers higher win potential than Blackjack, although the RTP can be a lot worse, depending on the bets you place.
If you’re looking for bigger wins and don’t care about the RTP as much, Roulette is an excellent choice for beginners.
Below, I walk you through some basic information about Roulette, how to play, what bets you can place, and the three best live versions to try out.
An Introduction To Playing Roulette
I find Roulette a straightforward game to play. Unlike Blackjack, you don’t need to make any decisions aside from placing your chips. When you load up a Roulette game, you’ll see a betting board with several options available. I’ll go through some of the most common ones in just a moment.
You place chips on the numbers or bets you’d like to cover, and the dealer will then drop the ball into the wheel. When the ball finishes spinning, it will land in one number segment. This number determines the game’s outcome, which bets win.
Different Roulette Bets
Depending on your game version, there can be many different Roulette bets. I’d recommend sticking to even-money bets for beginners, as they offer the highest RTPs. They’re also easy to place. Below, I cover some of the common beginner bets and briefly cover some of the more advanced betting options.
Straight-Up Number Betting
Straight-Up number betting involves placing a chip on a specific number. If the ball lands on your chosen number, you win – and are usually paid at 35:1. There is no limit on the number of straight-up number bets you can place. Most players choose to cover around ten numbers. To make this bet, select the chip denomination you want and click the number you’d like to bet on.
Betting on red or black is probably the most straightforward bet at the Roulette table. It’s an even-money bet which means it pays out at 1:1.
You place a bet on whether you believe the ball will land on a red or black number. If you guess correctly, your bet wins. You will lose your bet if zero lands unless you play French Roulette. More on that later.
The odds/evens bet in Roulette is a type of outside bet that allows players to bet on whether the outcome of the next spin will be an odd or even number.
In most roulette games, the odds of hitting an odd number are the same as the odds of hitting an even number, so the odds/evens bet has a payout of 1:1, meaning that if you bet £1 and win, you will get £1 in profit.
Essentially, this bet is the same as betting on red or black, and it’s considered a low-risk, low-reward bet. It carries a house edge of 2.7%, which I find decent for a Roulette bet. You will lose your bet if zero lands unless you play French Roulette.
The High/Low Roulette bet is another outside bet that pays out at even money. When you place this bet, you’re gambling on whether the following number will be high or low.
The high numbers are 19 through 36, while the low numbers are 1 through 18. Similar to the even-money bets we’ve already covered, if zero lands, your bet loses.
A column bet is not an even-money bet, so it offers slightly more winning potential than the bets we’ve already covered. This bet lets you bet on one of the three columns of numbers.
When you load up Roulette, you will see these columns marked.
Every column has 12 numbers; if you want to place this bet, you put your chips in the betting area directly below the column. This pay pays out at 2:1, meaning a winning £1 bet would return £3, including your stake.
The Dozen bets are similar to column bets, allowing you to bet on 12 numbers simultaneously. All the numbers on the Roulette table fit into the following groups; 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. You choose which group of numbers you want to cover, and if your bet wins, it’s paid at 2:1.
More Complex Bets
While I recommend avoiding more complex bets if you’re a Roulette beginner, I discuss a few more advanced betting options below.
- The French Bet: Three so-called French bets cover a different wheel section. The first is Voisins du Zero – and this covers the 17 numbers that lie on the wheel on either side of the zero. The second bet is Tiers du Cylindre, covering roughly one-third of the wheel. Finally, there’s the Orphelins bet, which covers all the remaining numbers not covered by the two previous bets.
- Neighbours Bet: A Neighbours bet is something you’ll often see high-rollers take advantage of in land-based casinos. It allows you to bet on one specific number, along with the four numbers directly adjacent to it, on either side.
- Snake Bet: This is one of the least-common bets, and I rarely see it played. This unique bet covers specific numbers: 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. The payout is the same as the dozen bet; to place this bet, you must put a chip on the lower corner of the number 34.