Roulette- a Brief Encounter

By: Shara John



The term roulette is taken out from the French word which originally means a 'small wheel'. In the casino games roulette is considered as one of the most famous and interesting game. Because of its interesting nature more and more people like to indulge in the game to get themselves some fun and entertainment. The history of the roulette is traced back to the 18th century in France.
Roulette is a simple game and it consists of circular areas. The wheel which is located in the circular area is spun by the croupier who is followed by a ball by the croupier in the opposite direction. As a result of this the ball travels and ultimately falls in to one of the pockets that are crafted in the circular wheel. These pockets are generally colored and have certain numbers in it.
In this game the player can bet on numbers or the color of the pockets and when the ball fall into that specific number of color he can declare his stakes.

In the American version of the roulette there are 38 pockets where as in the European roulettes there are only 37 pockets in the roulette wheel. The difference is due to the extra zero that is added in the American roulette. The usual colors of the pockets are red or black except the pocket which display the number zero and is colored with green. Again, the numbers in the pocket of the roulette wheel is not arranged in a consecutive order rather they are placed haphazardly.
Players in roulette can bet in two different manners, either they have to select the outside bet or the inside bet. In the outside bet the player has to bet on the color of the pockets or their positioning where as in case of the inside betting the players has to select the pockets where they hope the ball can land upon spinning. There are different types of outside betting such as column, group bets and even money bets while in the inside bets are comprised of street, corner, split, sixline and straight bets. Players can bet until the dealer announces the termination of betting. There are certain predetermined values for a winner.
The house edge or the house average is nothing but the average amount lost by the player relative to the committed bet. There are different terminologies that a roulette player should know that are associated with the game such as tiers, neighbors of zero, xx and neighbors. Each of the terms denotes certain series of numbers.

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