The game of roulette essentially has two things you need to know about “ the roulette wheel and the roulette table. The roulette wheel is where all the action happens and the roulette table is where you place your bet. If you want to win a game of roulette it is important that you know about both of them.
In an American casino the roulette wheel has 38 slots. There are 36 slots for the numbers 1 to 36 and the two extra slots are for 0 and 00. The roulette table has a layout where there are slots for all these numbers. You bet on any of these numbers by putting your chips in the corresponding slot on the roulette table. If the ball stops on your number at the end of the roulette wheel spin you get to win.
Depending on the type of bet you make you get a corresponding payout. The biggest returns are in a straight bet where you bet on a specific number. If you win you get a payout of 35 to 1. This is also the riskiest bet because you bet on just one number. If you want to reduce your risk then you can go for a split bet. Here you place your chips on the line separating two adjacent numbers. If the ball stops at either of these two numbers you win with a payout of 17 to 1. You can further reduce your risk by going for a street bet or square bet where you bet on three or four numbers respectively. The payout is 11 to 1 and 8 to 1 respectively. The payout on a five number bet is 6 to 1.
There are other different bets that you can place on the roulette table. You can go for red or black. Or you can go for odd or even. You can also go for high (19 to 36) or low (1 to 18) bets. Dozen bets and column bets are also allowed. The lower your risk the lower is the payout.