Roulette is the most popular casino game in the UK. The game is played by a small ball being spun around a wheel which is spun the other way.
The game is fast, thrilling and can be noisy in live casinos, with the ball scuttling around the wheel, the sound of the chips, call bets and the commentary from the dealer.
Online and mobile roulette are equally exciting as the land-based version, only with this version you can take your time with your bets and have the luxury of placing them where you like without having to reach over other players. Plus the dealer never makes a mistake with your payout! Read more about how to play roulette below.
How Does Roulette Work?
Roulette is an easy game to play. The roulette wheel contains 37 numbered slots of alternate red and black colours. The zero is coloured green. When the ball comes to rest in one of these slots the number of the slot is the winning number for that spin.
Players play by predicting which number will come in and place their chips accordingly. There are many different betting options with various different odds and, therefore, payouts.
Roulette was first devised in France in the 17th century, supposedly by a monk. The zero was added to the wheel in order to give the house an edge over the players. When the game arrived in the US, an extra zero was added to the wheel increase this house edge further.
There are many rumours and roulette has long had a sinister image due to the fact that the numbers on the wheel all added together make 666 – the ‘number of the devil’!
European Roulette and American Roulette
The French or European roulette wheel has 37 slots with numbers 1 through 36 and a single 0 (zero); the American wheel has an extra zero, 00, giving a total of 38 slots. This gives European roulette a house edge of 2.7% compared with the American version, which stands at 5.26%. It is therefore much better for players to choose to play against a French wheel than an American double zero wheel.