What is Roulette?

Roulette is a casino game where a ball is dropped onto a revolving wheel with numbered pockets. A player wagers on which pocket the ball will land in. The game has numerous betting options, some of which are called “inside bets,” while others are referred to as “outside bets.” Players can also place bets on various groupings of numbers or the color red or black.

Roulette wheels are made up of a solid disk slightly convex in shape with metal partitions around its rim called frets by roulette croupiers. Thirty-six of these compartments, alternately coloured red and black, are numbered 1 to 36. An additional green compartment marked 0 is added to European-style wheels while a second extra green compartment is labelled 00 on American tables.

The game originated in the 17th century and was credited to Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and monk. It soon became a popular game in gambling dens and later moved to Europe. When the wheel and betting layout were modified for use in the United States to prevent cheating by both gamblers and operators the new game became known as American Roulette.

When a player wants to cash out of a game they simply place all their chips on the table and tell the dealer they want to change them back to normal casino chips. When the dealer receives this request they will place a marker on the winning bet and remove the losing chips from the table. They will then give the player the amount of money they would like to change back to their chips.

There are many different types of Roulette games available at a live casino or online. However, the most popular is European roulette which has a single zero pocket so that the house edge is much lower than with American roulette. This is the main reason why we recommend that players first try this version of the game before moving on to other variations.

Another variation of the game is La Partage, which is a type of insurance for even bets on red and black and is played using the same rules as standard Roulette. This option gives the player a 50% chance of winning their bet if the ball lands in one of these sections, which is why some players choose to play this version of the game rather than just straight Roulette.