# The Basics of Roulette

Roulette is one of the most popular games at casino sites, offering glamour, mystery and excitement to players from all over the world. The game’s rules are simple enough for anyone to understand and, with a little luck, you can win big.

Before the wheel spins, you place your chips on a betting mat. The precise location of your chips indicates the type of bet you’ve made. Bets on numbers (or groups of numbers) are called “inside bets” and those on other areas, such as a dozen or a color, are known as “outside bets”.

The croupier then takes the wheel and places a small ball in it. The ball is spun in one direction around the wheel and then stopped by a metal track on the edge of the table. The ball will then fall into one of the numbered pockets on the wheel. This determines the winning number. The croupier then pays out any winning bets.

A number of different bets are available in the game of Roulette, but the most common is the Straight-Up bet which is placed by placing a chip on the end of any row or column on the table map. Another option is a Street bet which is placed by placing a chips on the line between any two adjacent numbers. Finally, a Corner bet can be placed by putting chips on the point where three or more of the numbers meet.

While the house edge in Roulette is high, it is possible to reduce it with a good strategy. There are many systems on the internet that claim to help players beat the house, but be careful as some of them may be scams. It’s best to avoid grandiose or complicated strategies and to play responsibly, knowing when to walk away.

The history of Roulette begins with Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and philosopher who is credited with inventing the game in the 17th Century. He was originally looking to create a perpetual motion machine and was intrigued by the concept of probability.

In the modern game of Roulette, a roulette wheel has 37 compartments that alternate between red and black. The compartments are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36, with a single green 0 on European-style wheels and a double-zero on American-style ones. The additional zero on American wheels increases the house’s advantage over European-style tables by 5.26%. The house edge in Roulette is lower when La Partage – a rule that splits all even-money bets in half, keeping half for the casino and giving the player the other – is in effect. However, this is not available at all online casinos and is often not advertised.