How to Play Roulette



Successful gambling starts with getting enough sleep. Honest, because when yRoulette is a casino game played with chips, a small ivory or plastic ball, and a large spinning wheel with 38 numbered pockets for the ball to stop in. The player is allowed to place a bet on any number from 1-36 as well as a single "0" and a double "0" and is paid 35-1 odds if the number hits. There are many other bets available and players may use cash, regular casino chips, or special chips (called a color) that are only used on each specific roulette table.u are tired you are more prone to mistakes. If you are old enough to go to the casino and gamble, you have no doubt seen that the lack of sleep can have a direct effect on your success at the tables and slots. How could it have an effect on your slot play? Well, that usually involves the amount you are playing for and your ability to recognize when you should quit.


A Princeton University study on sleep deprivation highlighted in the PNAS Journal noted that "the suppression of adult neurogenesis may underlie some of the cognitive deficits associated with prolonged sleep deprivation." The researcher led by Dr Elizabeth Gould, could mean several things. Those who missed out on rest had higher levels of the stress hormone corticosterone and they also produced significantly fewer new brain cells in a particular region of the hippocampus.


What does that mean to you? Well, to start with, simply missing sleep will cause you stress. The fact that casino gambling is supposed to be fun does not mean it is not stressful. The human body considers many things to be stressful, even if they are fun and exciting. A lack of sleep will make your gaming experience more stressful. Other studies have shown that people under stress make more errors. Don't be one of those people. Get enough sleep so you can make good choices and enjoy your casino visit.

Unfortunately, decision making is affected by stress levels.


If you are under a lot of stress from work, relationships, or especially money issues, taking your bankroll to the casino for a good flogging may not be in your best interests. We all tend to make poor decisions at certain times, and when you are sleepy and gambling, you can expect a double-whammy.


Best advice? Head to the casino when you are rested, and quit playing when you get tired. Sleepy players tend to think they should keep playing, and sleepy players tend to do so until they run out of money; ergo, playing tired may well equal a reduction in your bankroll. So, before you head to the casino, or keep playing while sleepy, ask yourself a simple question: "Will I be happier tomorrow with more sleep and more money, or with less sleep and less money."

A player new to the game of roulette may approach a table and purchase a color, such as the blue chips, and the dealer will set the chip value using a small plastic lamer. If the minimum chip value is $1, a "20" lamer will signify that a stack of chips (always 20 to a stack) is $20. The table is likely to have a minimum per spin of 3 chips, or perhaps $5, which means a player with $1 chips must bet 5 chips each spin.


Chips purchased in this manner are for use only at that wheel, at that time, and may not be removed from the table area. You must cash in your chips at the table before you leave. Some chip collectors try to walk away from the table with chips, but this may result in exclusion from the tables.


A standard roulette wheel used in most US casinos is 32 inches. The wheel head spins on ball bearings inside a fixed wooden holder. Normal maintenance keeps the wheel in balance and the numbers coming up randomly. Poor maintenance can result in a biased wheel which may increase a player's ability to beat the game.

The wheel head itself has 38 pockets with a small fret between each number. European wheels usually have just a single zero, US wheels have a zero and double zero. Since the casinos pay 35-1 on a single number bet, the casino edge on a US wheel are twice as high as a European wheel - 5.26 percent. This house edge is higher than some bets at craps and also higher than the average player plays to at blackjack.


Roulette Systems

There are many highly-touted systems to beat roulette from the simple Martingale trick of doubling your bet each time you lose - until you win, to more advanced betting systems like the Labouchere and the six-pack plus betting system.


The order of the numbers around a roulette wheel are designed to provide a random, non-exploitable game. However, this very order is often used in betting systems to group or bring order to bets: 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1 and 00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2.


Roulette has been played for centuries, often with an air of mystique and privilege. Probably because most of the casinos in Europe were originally designed for wealthy patrons. The game itself has changed very little over the years, but a few huge wins at the gaming tables really made playing roulette a special pleasure.


If you have ever heard the saying, "breaking the bank at Monte Carlo," well, that comes from the exploits of Joseph Jaggers in 1873. He and a group of six players exploited a biased wheel at the Monte Carlo casino, eventually winning all the money on the wheel and watching as a black cloth was placed over the game, signifying there would be no further play that evening.


Nearly twenty-years later, Charles Wells had an extraordinary run of luck and was also able to "break the bank" on several tables. A song, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, was written in his honor, but he was unable to replicate his luck at the tables, even while using other people's money. He was later sent to prison for his role in additional swindles.


Other roulette bets are available for the player - odd and even numbers, black and red color, first 18, second 18, 1-12, 13-24, 25-36, columns, splits, corners and many more. You can learn more if you wish to continue with your roulette training.