The endless possibilities of the online casino world have taken us by storm over the last two decades. It’s just so much fun to play a game of slots any time we want and win real money while doing it. But slots are just a small part of the online casino experience, albeit an insanely popular one.
If you’re a guy or gal that likes going back to the roots on occasion and enjoy one of the oldest casino games there is, we bet you love yourself a nice round on the roulette wheel! But even if you’re a newbie to the vast industry that is the online casino world, you would have come across this popular table game, just like you would have come across blackjack or baccarat.
We want to have a look at online roulette going back to its earliest beginnings but before we do that, we’ll explain rules and winning chances and dish out some strategy tips as well. Are you ready to dive deep into the game of online roulette? Then you just have to read on!
Other than the possibility of playing it whenever and wherever and without the need for a real dealer, online roulette is played exactly like roulette in a land-based casino.
Firstly, you have to decide what number(s) you want to bet on and place your chips at the appropriate section of the table.
Once the wheel starts spinning and the ball is entered into the wheel, you cannot change your decision anymore (“rien ne va plus”) and have to wait for the outcome (where does the ball land)
After the ball has reached its final pocket and the wheel stops spinning, all bets are paid out and you’ll receive your chips or lose the ones you bet.
It is as simple as that.
But, before we get to explaining the bets & payouts for online roulette, it’s very important that you understand how the roulette wheel works, and what the different numbers and sections mean.
Understanding the Roulette Wheel Number Sequence
Since we now have many different versions of online roulette, the wheel has a bunch of different layouts. The layout is designed to exclude any bias and to make it impossible to notice any logic behind the numbers on the wheel. Still, to play online roulette, it’s good to have a rough understanding of those layouts and how they came about, so let’s have a look.
The single-zero wheel is probably the most balanced of them all. It features 37 pockets with the numbers 1 to 36 and the single zero. Apart from the green zero, you’ll see red and black numbers alternating all around the wheel.
You’ll also see high and low numbers alternating, with 5 and 10 next to each other being the notable exception. The last thing that is spread out all over the wheel is the odd and even numbers. You’ll never see more than two odd or even numbers next to each other.
The rarely used triple-zero wheel, on the other hand, uses almost the same layout as the well-balanced European version. But it throws a double, and a triple zero into the mix.
Understanding what the different Roulette Wheel Sections Mean
Roulette wheels are broken down into three different sections as you can see in the graphic below. Thanks to the French origins of the game, those sections also have French names. So, let’s have a look at each one.
Voisins du Zero
Voisins du Zero is the biggest section and it includes the zero. It describes the section with the “neighbours of zero” which is the actual translation of the section name.
If you want to play section bets, you would have a 9-chip bet on your hands in this section, with none of them being a straight up bet. Most of the bets are split bets of two numbers and then you only need 9 of them to cover all the numbers in this section.
Tiers du Cylindre
In order to cover all numbers in the second largest section, the Tiers du Cylindre, you’ll need to invest six chips. Again, all of them are split bets and they cover 12 numbers on the wheel.
The last section is split into two and was given the name Orphelins. It only covers 8 numbers and you’ll need 5 chips to cover them all.
Just remember that all of those section bets are exclusive to the European version of the online roulette wheel.
ROULETTE BETS & PAYOUTS
Let’s have a closer look at the actual bets and payouts of online roulette now, so you can take the information in and use it when you play your next round. There are a bunch of bets that will give you an even money payout, meaning, if you win, your win will be the same as what you bet.
Those even money bets are the colors red or black, the low numbers from 1 to 18 or the high numbers from 19 to 36 and the even or odd numbers. Those bets have the best winning chances, but they also pay out the worst.
The next group is bets that pay out double of what you bet. To place those kinds of bets, you can either place your bet on one of the three dozen: 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36 − or, you can also bet it on a column of twelve numbers.
If you bet on six numbers only, that is called a line bet and will pay out 5 to 1. A corner bet, where you place your chip at the intersection of four numbers, will grant you a payout of 8 to 1, while a street bet on three numbers will give you 11 to 1. The aforementioned split bets of two numbers pay out 17 to 1.
Last but not least, you have your straight up bet, where you place your chip on one number only. This moxy will have you cash out a sweet 35x your stake if it pays off.
TYPE OF BET
These are bets placed on individual numbers on the inside of the table.
A bet placed on the line between 2 numbers that appear alongside each other. Place the chip on the line to cover bonus numbers.
Place a bet where the lines cross between 4 numbers.
A bet placed on the left-hand side of a column to cover the 3 numbers in that column.
A bet placed on one of the 3 rows at the bottom of the table. This bet will cover all the numbers in that row.
A bet placed on the left-hand side of the inside table between 2 rows. This covers 6 numbers at a time.
COLUMN PLUS ZERO
A bet placed in the top left-hand corner between 1 and zero. This covers zero, 1, 2, and 3.
A bet placed on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd 12’s to cover 12 numbers at the same time.
A bet placed on first and last 18’s to cover 1 to 18 or 19 to 36.
A bet placed on the Odd or Even block will provide payouts for all even numbers or all odd numbers. Zero will result in a loss with this option.
A bet placed on red or black to cover half the table. Zero will only again not payout with this bet.
RULES OF THE MOST COMMON VARIATIONS OF ONLINE ROULETTE
Once you understand the different bets and payouts, there is not that much to the game of online roulette. It is a simple and straightforward game of chance.
You place your bets before the ball gets put into the spinning wheel and once it stops, the bets are paid out.
However, there are some differences when it comes to rules between the three main variations of roulette, which are the following:
European Roulette Rules
Among all the variations of roulette in both land-based and online casinos, European roulette seems to be the preferred choice amongst players. The reason for this is mostly due to it providing players with a greater chance to earn money, as the house advantage here is merely 2.63%.
Some casinos even offer some additional rules, cutting the house edge even further. In online roulette, you can choose to apply one or both of those rules before you start playing.
The “En Prison” rule
This rule stated that you have two options when a zero turns up, but only if you placed an even money bet. You can either reclaim half of your bet and lose the other half, or, you can leave the bet for the next spin in a classic case of all or nothing.
The “La Partage” rule
This works in a similar fashion. But you don’t have the option of leaving the bet. When a zero turns up, you lose half your bet
American Roulette Rules
While the rules in this online roulette version work similar to the European one, the additional double zero leads to a much higher house edge.
The Old, Original Roulette Rules
While the old original roulette had a zero and even a double zero, those were integrated into the color scheme and the odds/evens and high/low as well.
The single zero was red and was even as well as low, while the double zero was black, odd and high.
If a zero was the winning number and you have bet on one of the even money bets and would’ve won though, the bets would stay on for the next spin and would only be paid out if you won one of those bets on a “normal” number.
MOST EFFECTIVE ROULETTE STRATEGIES
Understand that online roulette, like all other casino games, is a game of chance and there is no way for you to determine or influence the outcome.
Over the years, players have still come up with several strategies that are said to reduce losses and increase your chances of winning.
We’re not saying those work and we must tell you that you should never play online roulette as a way to make money or chase your losses.
But we still want to explain some of the most popular online roulette strategies. So, here we go!
The principle of the Martingale strategy is fairly simple. It is based on a French betting system from the 18th century and is sometimes also used in trading. It is to be used on even money bets. Red or black, odds or even, high or low.
It dictates that you double your bet on losses and change your bet after a win. So, if you start betting on black and red comes up, you double your bet on black for the next spin and so on, until black comes up. Then you would start at the beginning with a bet on red and do it all over again.
The Paroli is essentially the fire to the Martingale’s ice. The principal is kind of the same, but it’s flipped on the head. While you would double up on losses with Martingale, you would do so on wins with the Paroli strategy.
According to popular opinion, this strategy goes easier on your budget, since you only make small bets until you actually win.
This advanced version of the Martingale system goes around the usual bet limits of $300 on even money bets. This limit would prevent you to keep up the Martingale after the 9th unsuccessful spin (if you started out with $1).
Instead, you would now have two additional chances by betting $300 on your initial choice (say black) and then $20 on each number of that color in a straight up bet. On the 11thspin you can do it again, by betting $300 on black and $100 on each number of the color.
The idea behind this is that according to probability, it shouldn’t even come that far. Especially in online roulette, that is a dangerous strategy to adhere to, though, since random number generators dictate that each spin has the exact same probabilities as the last one independently from the previous spin. So be very careful with that!
HISTORY OF ONLINE ROULETTE
While there are rumors that the history of roulette began as early as the times of Ancient China, Rome, and even Greece, the 17th century seems to be the time when the ball really started rolling, if you will.
The French origin of the game as we know it today becomes apparent right there in the name. Seeing as roulette is French for “small wheel”, the French really put their stamp on the game right from the start.
Blaise Pascal is the man who is credited with inventing the first version of the wheel. And it is said that he based it on two popular games of the time that were also based on spinning wheels and people betting on the outcome of those spins -Roly Poly and Even-Odd.
The 17th century was not a great time for games that relied on betting money on chance alone, seeing as gambling was strictly forbidden back then. So, roulette was off to a rocky start and had to wait for its true rise to popularity.
In the late 18th century, strict gambling laws were introduced and brought about a resurgence in popularity for games of chance. Prince Charles of Monaco and his money issues are to be thanked here.
This is because the prince sought to solve some of his issues by capitalizing on the popularity of gambling. He opened a bunch of gambling houses in Monaco and wouldn’t you know it; roulette was heavily featured in them.
The roulette that was played in those gambling houses was almost the same version as the one we’re playing today as the American option. With numbers from 1 to 36, a zero pocket and a double zero pocket.
The 19th century saw Francois and Louis Blanc introduce the first single zero roulette in Germany. They had to bring the game to Germany since gambling was illegal in France again at that time.
A couple of years later, they brought it back to France again and established the first modern casino in Monte Carlo, with the single zero roulette as its centerpiece. Roulette also made its way to the new world in this century when it was brought to Louisiana by European settlers.
The gambling houses in the US were not happy with the single zero version however and started using an additional double zero pocket again, thus increasing the house edge significantly.
The most important thing that happened very late in the 20th century, after a steady rise in popularity, was the jump of roulette to the internet. The move online makes the game more accessible and gives players from all walks of life a chance to try their hand at a popular staple of casinos in the comfort of their own home.
In the last 18 years, the development of online roulette and online gambling went hand in hand. With ever more casinos opening up on the internet, providers are offering more and more versions and variations of the tried and true original. With that in mind, it now seems that the future of online roulette is brighter than ever.
FROM LAND-BASED ROULETTE TO ONLINE ROULETTE
Now, that we know a bit about the history of the game, let’s have a look at online roulette in our day and age.
After being a staple of casino gambling for more than two centuries, we’ve now been able to play online roulette at home or on the go for two decades.
The move from land-based roulette to online roulette has been a breath of fresh air and provided a much-needed push to the game. Now, everybody has access to a round of online roulette. No need to leave the house or even take on a live dealer. In online casinos, you can play roulette on tables wherever and whenever you feel like it.
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