A game begins with placing a bet on the different betting sections of the roulette table. Minimum and maximum limits are usually imposed by casinos.
The winning number and color is then determined by a croupier spinning a wheel in one direction, and then spinning a ball in the opposite direction on a stationary track around the edge of the roulette wheel. The ball eventually then loses speed and falls into one of the numbered pockets on the wheel.
The dealer will place a marker on the winning number on the roulette table. No more bets can then be made, collected or removed. All losing bets are swept away and the payouts are made.
Roulette tables have two betting areas – the inside betting area contains the individual numbers and the outside betting area has boxes for the columns, red/black and odd/even and different groups of numbers. So you need to chose between the inside bet where you bet on a certain straddle or on which number the ball will land and the outside bet where you bet on odd/even, black/red or the positional groupings of pockets.
Playing the numbers is easy. After you select which number to play, there are several more options open to you such as a:
You can cover a greater amount of numbers in a single bet by placing a bet outside the grid. The outside chances bet can be divided into two categories: those that pay 1 to 1 and those that play 2 to 1. You win the bet if the ball drops on a number within a field or category on which you have bet.
Outside bets include:
Rules regarding zero and double zero
Bets can be placed on zero and double zero, just like any other number and the payout is the same. However, neither zero nor double zero, is included in any outside bet.
The payout for each type of bet, inside or outside, depends on its probability. Outside bets usually have considerably smaller payouts with better odds of winning. A greater amount of money can be won by placing a bet on a single number, that is, a straight bet.