How to Beat the House Edge at Roulette


Roulette is a casino game of chance that involves spinning a numbered wheel and rolling a small ball into it. If the ball lands on a number or one of several groups of numbers, the player wins. Players place their bets by laying chips on a betting mat, with precise locations and corresponding odds known as “inside” and “outside”.

When all bets have been placed the dealer spins the wheel and throws the ball into it. The wheel contains a series of divisions, or pockets, that alternate between red and black and are numbered non-consecutively from 1 to 36. There is also a green division labelled 0 on European wheels and two green pockets marked 00 on American ones, which increases the house edge by about 2.70%.

The wheel and betting layout were originally designed to prevent cheating and other advantages in this brutal game, which was popular in gambling dens throughout the American West. The rules evolved further in Monte Carlo and the European version of the game has a lower house edge because it only features one zero.

Despite this, many people claim to have devised systems for beating the game and it is possible that some of these methods do work in practice, although most will not provide a long-term edge. A simple search of the Internet will return millions of systems for playing and supposedly winning roulette.

It is important to understand the house edge and bet types before making your decision as this will help you determine your strategy and maximize your chances of success. It is also worth revisiting the betting odds as the payouts for each of the different bets differ.