Roulette is one of the oldest casino games but remains one of the most popular and exciting today. The earliest version was designed and played in France in the 18th Century and the name means ‘little wheel’. The game draws influences from other early wheel games from England and board games from Italy and France, one of which was also called roulette.
A casino roulette table has the wheel on one side and the betting area on the other. The wheel tilts inwards and contains a ring of numbers 0 – 36 which are coloured alternately red and black. The wheel is spun and a ball is released in the opposite direction. The object is to bet on the number on which the ball finally lands.
Once the wheel has been spun, the players place their bets by placing their chips on the betting area. The betting area is arranged so that players can place their bets on individual numbers, a combination of numbers, odd or even numbers, or on red or black numbers. A bet on an individual number pays out at 35 to 1 whereas an odd/even or black/red bet pays out at 2 to 1.
Roulette, like all casino games has rules and etiquette. The croupier must keep the wheel spinning at all times, they will mark the number where the ball landed and new bets may not be placed until the marker is removed. What is more, in casinos, players must each use different coloured chips to distinguish their bets from one another.