Roulette is one of the best-known casino games, and is available in two main forms - American or European Roulette. The differences between the two are small and will be discussed later. Roulette is a table game, and is based solely on luck. There is no skill involved in Roulette. The Roulette table is generally green, and sports an elaborate layout for placing bets as well as wheel. To determine the winning number on the roulette table, a small ball is dropped into the wheel, while the wheel is turned rapidly. The ball comes to rest on one number, and that number is the winner.
Both the European Roulette wheel and the American Roulette wheels contain the numbers between 0 and 36, while the American wheel also includes a double-zero. Each number is marked either in red or in black, except for the zero and the double-zero. Those numbers are marked in green, and are often referred to as "house numbers," because punters rarely bet on them, meaning that when these numbers are spun, the house wins. Since American Roulette has two house numbers and European Roulette has only a single house number, it is generally better to select a European Roulette table if it is offered.
To play roulette, you'll need to select your bet. There are several common types of bets:
At a land-based casino, you'll get to play roulette with a group of people. Each person has his or her own color of chips. After everyone is finished placing their bets, the croupier will announce that you may not place any more bets, and then he or she will spin the Roulette wheel. The number will come up fairly quickly. The croupier takes a metal marker, marks the winning spot, and clears all the losing chips off of the table. After clearing all the losing chips, the croupier pays off all the winning chips.
At an online casino, the spin is generally very short, but you do get to watch the wheel spin, as this adds to the tension and excitement. The casino will automatically pay off the winning bets, which might mean that you'll miss it, and not see what you win. To counteract this problem, most online casinos tell you how much you won in a separate area of the screen.