Online Roulette Guide

Roulette is a casino classic that offers multiple ways for a player to bet. Play safe? Bet on red or black. Going for a big win? Bet on a single number. You can start playing online roulette in under a minute, with our top roulette casinos offering graphics straight from the Las Vegas table. See our list of the best roulette sites for 2014 in the table below, all of which offer variations such as American roulette and French roulette

How to Play

A roulette wheel has either 37 or 38 numbered divisions, which are colored alternately red or black, with either a single green zero (37 pockets), or a single and a double green zero (38 pockets) added. Bets are placed on where the ball will land and can be made in a variety of ways; on single numbers, on combinations of numbers, on a colour, on even numbers, etc. Odds and payouts vary according to the probability of your selected number(s) coming up.

Playing Online

Playing roulette online matches the experience of playing in a land-based casino. The table is set out in the same way, wheel divisions are standard, and the game is run the same—players are called to make their bets, the ball is spun and then betting ends. The ball lands in a pocket of the wheel and the winning combination (e.g., red, 32, even) is announced. Losing bets are removed from the table, while winning bets are paid out.

Free Roulette

Playing free roulette online is an excellent way to get to know how the game works. You can see the whole table clearly and the spin of the wheel is quick, making the action fast-moving. What’s most valuable is that you get to see how different betting strategies work (See this list of roulette strategies)  Is sticking with outside bets the best value? What combination bets do you like best? Playing for free gives you a chance to answer these questions at no cost, so why not practice on our free European roulette game below or start visit Grand Reef casino for there roulette options.

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Game Variations

There are three main variations of roulette available: European, American and French. Although the general way in which the game is played is the same, the way the wheels and tables are laid out (and therefore the odds of winning) vary.

European Roulette

A European roulette wheel has 37 pockets—numbers 1-36 and the number 0. These numbers are also laid out on the roulette table, with 0 at the top closest to the wheel, and then the numbers 1-36 arranged in sequence. The numbers on the table are colored red or black (although not alternately).

Players can bet on individual numbers, odds or evens, red or black numbers, and on other combinations. The type of bet is reflected in the odds and the amount a player receives on a winning spin—betting on red is an even money bet, while betting on a single number pays 35-1. The number 0 produces the House edge i.e., the percentage by which the casino is in front on any bet, which is 2.7%.

Most European roulette games offer the la partage rule, where if 0 is spun players who have made outside bets (e.g., odds or evens, red or black) have half of their bet returned.

American Roulette

An American roulette wheel has 38 pockets, the additional number being 00 at the top of the table next to 0. The numbers are still 1-36 and the table is laid out in the same way as a European roulette table i.e., red and black numbers, etc.

Wagering works in the same way as European roulette, although the inclusion of 00 markedly increases the House advantage, which becomes 5.26%, even though payout rates remain the same.

French Roulette

French roulette wheel has 37 pockets—numbers 1-36 and 0—and the table is set out like a European table (although the numbers are traditionally all the same colour). Some additional rules help to improve the odds for the player; for instance, the ‘la partage’ rule (as above) and the en ‘prison rule’, where a player has a chance to recover their stake on a spin of 0. This version also has a betting variation known as finales, where wagers can be placed on all numbers ending in the same digit (e.g., 7, 17 and 27).

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