Roulette is a very exciting game and one of the easiest to play. The typical American roulette wheel is divided into 38 slots which are numbered 1 to 36 plus "0" and "00". Even numbers are red and odd numbers black. 0 and 00 are green. Some casinos offer the European Wheel. This wheel has only 37 slots. There is no "00".

Now observe the payouts for different bets:

    Straight bet: A bet on a single number pays 35:1
    Split bet: A bet on 2 adjacent numbers pays 17:1
    Street bet: A bet on 3 numbers on a horizontal line pays 11:1
    Corner bet: A bet on a block of 4 numbers pays 8:1
    Line bet: A bet on 6 numbers in 2 adjacent rows pays 5:1
    Column bet: A bet on 1 of 3 vertical columns pays 2:1
    Dozen bet:
     A bet on 12 numbers, low (1-12), middle (13-24) or high (25-36) pays 2:1
    Even bet:
     A bet on even or odd, red or black, low (1-18) or high (19-36) pays 1:1

You can place as many bets as you like on a single spin of the wheel up to the table maximum. Some casinos use a rule called en prison. When a zero or double zero hits, the player loses half the bet, or can let the bet remain in play, with the results to be determined on the next spin. This rule only applies to even money bets.

With the 38-number American wheel, the house has a big 5.26 percent edge. (In case "0" or "00" are hit, all bets lose.)

With the 37-number European wheel, the house advantage is 2.7 percent. In other words, on every $100 bet the house makes $2.70. With the en prison rule, this edge drops to just 1.35 percent.

Conclusion: Obviously you should look for casinos that offer the European, single-zero wheel. Most online casinos offer both American and European roulettes. If you can find one that also offers en prison, so much the better. The roulette version with "en prison" or "la partage" rule also called French roulette. The game offers slightly increased odds with respect to the European version. The best European roulette game's live stats can be seen here.

Roulette Systems
Remember: ALL roulette systems fail on the long run. Please read our article on systems to learn more. However, using a balanced roulette system you can definitely win during the majority of gaming sessions. Say 90% of your visits to casinos will be winning ones, but in 10% cases you'll loose and your total loses will outweight your winnings. By using a roulette system you cannot earn money but do can enjoy your gambling experience, as almost every time you visit [online] casino - you win!

Check out also these top 30 roulette games to find the most rewarding roulette versions (in terms of total winnings), offered by over 180 online casinos today.

See also Roulette Wheel Layout & Diagram or play free online roulette games and learn more about roulette systems, strategies, new roulette games and casino tournaments.

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