How to Win at Roullete

Roullete (pronounced: rou*let*) is a casino game that is often seen as pure chance, but in actuality has a surprising amount of depth to it for serious players. With a little research and study into the game, you can discover that there are many ways to increase your chances of winning, including knowing when to bet and when to walk away.

The game revolves around a revolving wheel with numbered compartments and one or two zeros. A small ball is spun around the wheel and when it comes to rest, it drops into a compartment marked with a number or a combination of numbers. Before the wheel spins, players place bets on which number or groups of numbers they think the ball will land on. These bets are placed on a betting mat, the precise location of the chips indicating which bet has been made. The bets can range from single numbers to various groupings of numbers, or even or odd or high or low (1-18 or 19-36).

There are many different types of roulette games, but the most common is the European version which features a single green zero. In this game, the house edge for all bets is 2.70%. While this is a fairly high edge, there are ways to minimize your losses by learning which bets offer the best odds.

In French Roulette, there is a lower house edge of just 1.35%. While this may seem minor, it does make a big difference in how much money you can win. The main reason for the lower edge is that when a player loses, they receive half of their losing bets back. This is known as the La Partage rule. If you play at a live casino that offers this feature, be sure to take advantage of it.

The type of ball used in the game has a huge impact on the outcome. While the old roulette balls were made from ivory, modern ones are often plastic, Teflon or ceramic. The weight and size of the ball also matters. A smaller, light ball makes more revolutions on the wheel track and, when it is dropped, jumps more unpredictably than a bigger, heavier ball. This erratic movement increases the likelihood of the ball landing on a number. The better the quality of the ball, the less likely it is that you will lose money. If you want to maximize your chances of winning, look for a roulette table with the highest-quality ball available. This is especially important if you are playing at a live dealer table.