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The image of the roulette table best symbolizes the glamour and excitement you get with high-class casino gambling. It's the image everyone remembers from many famous casino scenes in movies. Think James Bond!


A roulette wheel contains 37 numbered pockets around which a ball is spun. You place your bets on the roulette table in an attempt to guess where the ball will land. If you guess correctly, payouts are made as a multiple of your original bet.

At it's simplest, you can place your bet on red or black - doubling your money if you are correct - but there are a number of other bets, for instance by betting on a single number correctly you can win 36 times your stake.

The casino gains its house edge by a 0 pocket which players cannot choose.

There are two main types of roulette - American roulette and European roulette. Of these, the European version is the best to play as tables only have one 0 slot, meaning the house has a lower edge. American roulette tables also have a second 00 slot, so there's a slightly greater chance the house will win on any bet.

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What Should Your Starting Bank Be?

If playing the even money chances, many roulette experts say you should have a bank of 40 times your base bet - dividing this into session money is a good idea, say 100 or 200 units per session. Your biggest risk in roulette is greed - play too big and you'll risk running out of cash. Bet low and have moderate winning targets.


What's My Loss Limit?

If you have 200 units available for a session, and are prepared to lose, you may well begin playing in a reckless fashion and speed up your risk of losing it all if you have a bad run.

Set small amounts as the amount you're prepared to lose in any one session.


What's The Most Important Roulette Decision?

Well, this is the size of your second bet after you've won or lost on the first. It's strongly advised to keep your second bet the same or lower if you lose the first.

If you win the first, you can either keep the bet the same or increase by up to 100%. If you keep it the same, then increase by up to 100% on the third bet. Remember that to finish ahead you must win more when you are winning than you lose when losing.


What About Session Length

Keep sessions short, unless you are on a superb winning streak. The casinos know that the longer you play, the greater their chance of taking your cash. If you have to, be prepared to walk away from a losing streak and get your winning another day.

It's believed that around 80% of casino players are winning at some point in any casino games - if you know when to walk away this could be the difference between winning and losing.



Are There Any Roulette Systems I Can Follow?

The Parlay is a fairly sensible roulette system. Let's say you bet 5 units red and it loses. The next step is to repeat the bet rather than doubling up - with the Parlay roulette system you're only increasing your bets when you're on a winning run. With each win, you increase your stake by 1 chip, with each loss you're decreasing by 1 unless you're at your base bet already.

The Parlay system is one of the best to use when betting on even money chances. Though remember that all systems lose out to the house in the long run.


What Are Layout Bets?

Bets on the even chances or columns are known as 'outside bets'. If you're playing on single numbers, you're on the 'layout'. One golden rule here is that if you do hit lucky on a single number, it's worth trying the same number again. Numbers land twice more often than you'd expect.


What Are Neighbour Patterns?

This is where there may be a pattern to results, with the dealer spinning the roulette wheel in such a way that the ball is landing in neighbour pockets regularly, ie the pockets either side of the last winning number. You need to study results to spot this pattern. Of course, this is less likely in internet casinos where there is no human dealer impact.


What Else Do I Need To Know?

Although there are 18 reds, 18 blacks, 18 evens, and 18 odd numbers...there are more red odd numbers (ten against eight), and similarly more black even numbers. There are 5 black even numbers in the first dozen, but only two in the last dozen. With careful thinking you may be able to use these facts to increase your odds slightly.