Effective Roulette Strategies  

Roulette is the one game where players like to develop their own strategies. There is no end to the different strategies you can play on the table, and depending which game you are playing (French, American or European Roulette) then you can design your strategy around the particular game type. Bear in mind that the layouts will vary between the games, so this can give you more (or less) ways in which you can develop your strategy.

No matter what type of Roulette game you play, you will always have the option of playing outside chance bets, or the inside numbers. You can play both at the same time if you like, although most people prefer to play either one or the other, although there is no reason why you cannot play both. If you like to play French or European Roulette then you will have the option of playing something called a ‘section bet’, which is where you can bet on different sections of the wheel.

The Roulette wheel of French and European Roulette is different to an American Roulette wheel. For a start, it only has one zero, whereas an American Roulette wheel has two (a zero and a double zero). The French and European wheel has three different sections that cover all of the numbers on the wheel between them. This is where you can call out to the dealer the particular section that you want to bet on, and how much you want to bet on it.

There are also bets called ‘neighbour bets’ and this is where you call out a number on the wheel to the dealer and how much you want to bet on that bet. You win if the ball lands on the number you pick, or two numbers either side of it. These are very popular bets with the players, as it allows them to cover a lot of the wheel in a quick amount of time. Some players still prefer to put chips on their favourite numbers, so it is really down to your own personal preference as to what you want to do.

Playing the outside chances

The outside chance bets pay either even money, or 2 to 1, depending on which bet(s) you play. The even money bets are either Black or Red, Odd or Even. If you put a bet on Black for example, and a black number came in, then you would win even money on your bet. So if you bet $10, you would win $10. Of course, the house has to have their slight edge on this bet too, and that edge is that if ZERO comes in on the wheel, all of the even money bets will lose.

You then have the bets that pay 2 to 1. These come in the dozens, which is numbers 1 to 12 (1st dozen), 13 to 24 (2nd dozen) and 25 to 36 (3rd dozen). You then have the columns, (1st, 2nd and 3rd column, each column also has 12 numbers each). If you have a winning bet on one of these, then you will win 2 to 1. So for a winning $10 bet, you will win $20. The house edge on this is if ZERO comes in, you will lose just half of your bet.


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