Basic Explanation of the Roulette Game

People, who have never been faced with roulette before, would say it seems a not so easy and straight-forward game. After doing some research, however, one will find out the truth is quite the opposite – playing the game of roulette is a simple and relaxing experience, especially if compared to other table games such as blackjack or craps. Besides, he/she will also find that there is more than enough time between separate spins of the ball, so that he/she could be able to decide with what bets to participate.

The sequence of the game

First, players need to purchase one or more stacks of colored chips from the dealer. Every player uses chips with different color, so that there is no confusion about each person’s bet. Every chip will usually equal the table minimum. In most cases it could range between 25 cents and 1 US dollar, but, however, the dealer could be asked to set a higher table minimum;

Second, players need to place one or more chips on a particular number;

Third, the dealer spins the ball;

And fourth, in case the ball comes to rest in a pocket with their number on it, players will profit.

It is possible for players to place other types of bets as well. They can bet on adjacent numbers, on all the red numbers, or on all the odd numbers. Almost every bet can be placed against one and the same house percentage, so that no concerns are arisen that some of the bets may appear advantageous to others.

The value of every chip is dependent on the amount the player paid for the stack. In case he/she pays more than the table minimum, the dealer will usually place a special marker (a ”lamer”) on the rim of the wheel. This way the dealer will be reminded of what the player’s chips are worth. Chips for the game can be purchased with cash or with regular casino chips, which the player got from the main cashier or from another table game. When a person is done playing, the dealer will exchange his/her remaining roulette chips for regular casino chips.

It is worth noting that players cannot remove the colored roulette chips from the table. These chips cannot be used for other purposes, while their value is known only to the dealer, from whom players purchased them. At times, a player may participate in the game with cash or with regular casino chips. However, this is possible unless another player steps up to the table and does the same. In such a case, one of the players might be asked to purchase the colored roulette chips. This is usually done in order to prevent confusion.

People betting on roulette table

The roulette table

Now, let us say a few words about the roulette table. It usually includes the betting layout and the wheel, as the latter is located at one end of the table. In some cases, in Europe, the table has a double-ended layout, while the roulette wheel is situated in the center. A dealer, known as a croupier in France, oversees each of the layouts. In case too many people gather around the table, a second dealer can be seen. He/she is called a checkracker (or a mucker) and assists in stacking of the roulette chips. In the United States there may be no human checkrackers, as a number of newer casinos have introduced automatic checkracking machines.

In Europe, where the game is usually played in a more serene manner, the rotating wheelhead is put to rest during the time, when the winning bets are being paid. Afterwards it is forced in the opposite direction for the next ball spin. In the United States the ball is spun in a clockwise manner, while the wheelhead is rotating in a counterclockwise direction.

Roulette dealer showing roulette ball

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