How to Play American Roulette Live
Want to try your hand at casino table games? American Roulette is the perfect warm-up game for casino newbies. It’s one of the easiest and most popular table games out there in every casino you’ll visit, whether land-based or online.
Don’t mistake its simplicity with a dull gameplay. American Roulette has survived through generations and has proven time and time again that it will always remain as one of the most entertaining, classic games of chance for both veteran gamblers and beginners. Before you start betting your hard-earned cash, it’s better that you learn more about the rules and how to play American Roulette to give you a better shot at winning!
What is American Roulette?
American roulette is a variation of the classic Roulette that is most popular in casinos throughout the United States. It’s also generally more popular in casinos in Asia and the United Kingdom in comparison to its European version, which thrives in Europe.
The rules of American Roulette are simple and easily understandable. A game of Roulette features a spinning wheel with red and black portions, betting table, ceramic ball and players betting on the wager options presented to them. The American roulette wheel consists of 38 divisions, with numbers from 1 to 36, 0 and 00. The numbers from 1 to 36 are alternately distributed between the red and black portions, while the 0 and 00 are marked in green.
The betting table reflects the numbers on the roulette wheel and several additional sectors which you can place your bets on. American Roulette’s main objective is for you, the player, to predict which numbered pocket or coloured section the roulette ball will fall into when the roulette wheel spins.
Basic Rules of American Roulette
The rules of American Roulette are simple and straightforward. Fundamentally, you’ll be betting on where the ball is going to land.
Before each spin, you’ll need to place your wager in chips on the corresponding portions on the roulette table. The courier spins the roulette wheel in one direction and the roulette ball in the opposite direction. After the roulette spins and the ball’s final destination matches your wager, then you’ve won the game! All players whose bets won get paid, while losing bets are taken off the table.
American Roulette’s true thrill comes with the various betting options you can have where you’re allowed to become as strategic as you want to be. You can place your chips on a single bet or distribute them on a combination of bets.
Types of Bets
The betting layout of the roulette table is divided into two sections: individual numbers and group bets. These encompass the two key areas for roulette betting that is the inside and outside bets. Depending on the type of bet you put your chips into, the odds of winning and payouts vary. The most common rule to remember is that the more bets you make, the bigger your chances of winning.
The bets that you place on the numbers are called inside bets. You can make bets on a single number, adjacent numbers or small groups of numbers. These are the different types of inside bets you can make when playing American Roulette:
- Straight-Up Bet - This bet is directly placed on a single number, including 0 and 00. The payout for this bet is 35 to 1.
- Split Bet - Bet on two adjacent numbers. This bet is placed on the line between the adjacent numbers, including 0 and 00. The payout is 17 to 1.
- Street Bet - Bet on all three numbers in a row to create ‘street.’ Place your chips on the line at the end of the row. The payout is 11 to 1.
- Corner Bet - Place a bet on a group of four numbers and place your chips at the centre corner connecting these four numbers. The payout is 8 to 1.
- Five Bet - Bet on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 and place your chips at the corner of 0 and 1 The payout is 6 to 1.
- Line Bet - Bet on a group of six numbers, or two rows featuring three numbers. Place your chips at the corner that borders them from the next two rows. The payout is 5 to 1.
The bets that you place on the other sectors of the wheel and encompasses larger groups of numbers are called outside bets. These are the more general bets and are also the most popular bets to make in American Roulette, namely the Red or Black wagers. These are the different types of outside bets you can make when playing American Roulette:
- Column Bet - You can bet on an entire column of numbers with this bet. Chips are placed on the ‘2:1’ box at the end of the column. The payout is 2 to 1.
- Dozen Bet - Bet on a group of 12 numbers. Chips are placed on either of the three boxes on the side of the table labelled ‘1st 12’ (numbers 1 to 12,) ‘2nd 12’ (numbers 13 to 24,) and ‘3rd 12’ (numbers 25 to 36.) The payout is 2 to 1.
- Bet on Color - Bet on all of the red numbers or all of the black numbers. Chips are placed on the ‘Red’ box for the red numbers or on the ‘Black’ box for the black numbers. The payout is 1 to 1.
- Bet on Even or Odd - Bet on all even numbers or all odd numbers. Chips are placed on the ‘Even’ box for all even numbers or on the ‘Odd’ box for all odd numbers. The payout is 1 to 1.
- Bet on Low or High - Bet on all low numbers or all high numbers. Chips are placed on the ‘Low’ box (numbers 1 to 18) or the ‘High’ box (numbers 19 to 36.) The payout is 1 to 1.
American Roulette: A Game of Chance
The most important requirement in playing any variation of roulette is to have a good supply of luck. There are existing strategies you can read and learn about to increase your probability of winning but in a game of chance such as roulette, there is no absolute winning strategy.
All bets on the table, whether general or specific bets, all have chances of hitting in any given spin. Logically, outside bets have higher probabilities of winning because they encompass greater numbers but that’s levelled out by their payout. The more specific you bet, the higher the payouts. The more wagers you place, the better your chances to win. So don’t stress too much about winning every single spin and just keep trying. You’ll never know, it might just be your lucky day!