Popular since its invention, online roulette has been a staple game of online casinos around the world. Named after the French word for “little wheel”, the game is made out of two bas segments since its inception. A rotating wheel with numbers and a table where players can bet on which number on the wheel the ball will stop in.
The history of roulette starts in 18th century France. At least the kind that we are familiar today. Some century earlier Blaise Pascal actually devised an early version of roulette. Its roots go back to the games of Roly-Poly, Reiner, Ace of Hearts, E.O., Hoca, Biribi and a “Roulette” board game that already existed. The original roulette had two zeros, as can today be found on the American version, the only difference being that the single zero was red instead of green and black for double zero. It was later on in the 1800s that the colour was changed to green to avoid confusion. In modern times you can play online roulette live at Casino Adrenaline without even leaving your home.
When it comes to layout of the wheel itself they are numbered from 1 to 36 so that in the number range 1 to 10 and 19 to 28 odd numbers are red and even numbers are black. In the 11 to 18 and 29 to 36 range odd numbers are black and even are red. Zero is green and in American online roulette the double zero is also green.
Possible bets can range from betting on a single number to betting whether the number will be odd or even, black or red. Players can also bet on two adjoining number called “Split” on three numbers on a horizontal line called “Street”, a bet on four numbers in a square layout called “Corner” and a bet on two adjoining streets called “Six line”. There are other types of bets available that usually cover a bigger portion of the wheel such as Outside bets (compared to Inside bets which is the name for bets mentioned in the previous part), these can be for instance “Manque” which covers the first half or 1-18 numbers, and “Passe” which covers the other half, numbers 19-36. There’s the also the dozen bets that allow a player to bet either on the first, second or third dozen of numbers. Column bets that allow for betting on the whole vertical line and a “Snake” bet which is a dozen bet with the numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. These bets are relative to the layout on the table, it is also possible to bet in relation to the layout of numbers on the wheel itself. These bets are “Voisins du zero”, “Jeu zero”, “Le tiers du cylinder” and “Orphelins” and a few more options all best visualized by the following image.
When it comes to tactics and strategies when playing roulette there have been countless ever since the roulette became a popular game in casinos in France and subsequently around the world. Some rely on predicting the mechanical performance of the wheel itself, which with modern electronic roulettes isn’t possible and in more or less all casinos would be considered cheating anyway. All similar methods are basically exploits or simply cheating and are therefore not allowed. Betting systems on the other hand like the martingale system employ simple mathematics to overcome the house edge, but are in most cases not “bulletproof” due to restrictions placed by the casino “such as in the case of the Martingale system the maximum bet allowed on a certain number, colour, column etc…). One way or another online roulette has continued to be a popular if not the most popular table game in casinos worldwide and a player favourite since its introduction.