Roulette is one of the classiest and most sophisticated table games in existence. The game originated in the epitome of sophistication in the country of France. To this day, roulette draws in crowds even at land-based casinos as everyone watched with bated breath to see where that crafty little ball is going to land on the roulette wheel.

With online roulette, however, the social element is removed, especially for those playing video-based roulette games as opposed to Live Dealer games. Each version of playing roulette online comes with its own appeal. As a player you get to choose which vibe you are going for.

In this post the focus will mainly be on how to play “video-based” roulette online. Live dealer roulette games are rather similar to land-based versions and although they are online, the gameplay and ambience created is pretty similar to the brick and mortar experience.

How to Play Roulette: The Fundamentals

As previously mentioned, roulette is sophisticated and so is its gameplay. Of all the table games roulette both follows the easiest and perhaps the trickiest gameplay. In essence, roulette is less about the roulette table and more about the spinning red, black, and green wheel. Roulette is played as much on the wheel as it is on the table. This guide is going take you through all the fundamentals and basics of online video roulette.

Before we start looking at the roulette gameplay it is important to know that there are essentially three different types of roulette. These are French Roulette (the original roulette), American Roulette (a North American adaptation of the original) and European Roulette (a European adaptation of the original). Now for those who though Russian Roulette was a thing, sorry to break it to you, that is a whole other ball game.

The differences between the three will be covered as we continue to delve into the gameplay. So, how do we play roulette?

The Roulette Wheel 

The game consists of two elements the “betting table” and the “roulette wheel”. The roulette wheel is essentially where all the magic happens. The outcome of the wheel determines whether the bets you placed on the table will be profitable or not.

The roulette wheel consists of 36 numbers. These numbers are color coded with red, black and green. Both odd and even numbers can take either a red or a black color. The only color code that remains consistent is green which is designated only to the number zero.

With that said, it is time to go back to the different types of roulette games. The differentiating factor between American Roulette and the other two versions is that the wheel in the American version has two slots for zeros, essentially labeled “0” and “00”, each taking a green color code. Due to this fact, American Roulette has a higher edge than the other two versions.

After placing your bets on the roulette table, a ball is thrown into the roulette wheel for a spin. Wherever the ball lands that is the outcome for that round and bets played will be tallied based on bet payout ratios. Now in real life and in Live Dealer versions the croupier will throw the ball into the wheel, whereas on the video version clicking the “spin” or “play” buttons will automatically spin the ball.

The Betting Table 

Familiarizing yourself with the betting table is where all your strategies come into effect and play.

There are two betting categories available in roulette – inside and outside bets. These bets coincide with the numbers on the roulette wheel and depict various betting options according to various possible outcomes. Betting is easy, simply place a chip with the value of the amount you wish to bet. With online video roulette there will be chip options usually 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 on the interface of the game. Clicking the chip value and moving it to the correct bet column is how bets are placed.

So, what are the various betting options?

Understanding inside bets

Inside bets depict all the possible bets located on the inside section of the table. They consists of selecting specific number outcomes as opposed to just specific kinds of outcomes. They also offer a higher payout ratio of 1:1 compared to outside bets. This is because they carry higher risk probability.

Understanding outside bets

Outside bets are those bets that consist of betting on specific kinds of outcomes. This means instead of betting that the ball will land on specific numbers between “1-36” and “0” “00” you bet instead on a specific kind of outcome occurring. The fact that these bets don’t carry as much risk as inside bets means that they carry a lower payout ratio at 2:1, however, your winning probabilities are also higher. Outside bets include bets on whether the ball with land on “odds/evens” numbers, or “black/red” color code.

In order to fully optimize winning potential it is necessary to study the different kinds of roulette bets. There are 12 in total and understanding them can be extremely beneficial to your roulette betting strategy.