An Introduction to Roulette

When it comes to casino games, Roulette is easily one of the most popular, while its iconic black and red wheel is instantly recognisable. Considered a stylish, sophisticated casino game, Roulette is actually easy to play and it won’t take long before you can enjoy all it has to offer, with confidence.

Nicknamed the ‘King of Casino Games’ for good reason, Roulette has stood the test of time and made its way from the courts of the Kings and Queens, into the backrooms of bars and saloons, onto the floor of some of the worlds most exclusive land based casinos, and finally, into the digital arena. Roulette is a hybrid of several different games and originated in the 18th Century, undergoing several refinements along the way. We can thank Frenchmen Blaise Pascal and his quest for a perpetual motion machine for creating the prototype of the famed wheel, and Francois and Louis Blanc for introducing the single zero version of the game.

When you play Roulette at Cabaret Club, you’re playing one of the best online versions of the game. Our casino is powered by Microgaming, the worlds leading software developers, and every spin of the wheel is guaranteed to be enjoyable. We’ve recreated an authentic casino atmosphere in which to indulge in this classic game and we’ve made sure that you experience top notch wheel spinning fun at its finest.

We’ve covered everything you need to know about Roulette right here, and along with a brief history lesson, we’ve also outlined the different game variants, explained the betting options and systems, and provided some useful tips to get your game play off to an excellent start.

Roulette 101

In the land-based version of Roulette a Croupier spins the wheel and then drops a ball on it, and at Cabaret Club we’ve reproduced the action in the most realistic way possible.

Roulette is essentially made up of 3 components. The table, the wheel and the ball. On the table you’ll find sections marked out with the various betting options, and it’s in these you’ll place your chips.  Bets are placed on where you think the ball will come to land on the wheel when it glides to a halt, and there are several different betting options, divided into categories of Inside and Outside bets.

The wheel is divided into numbered, coloured pockets and depending on the variant of the game chosen, there may be a total of 37 or 38 pockets. Pockets are numbered up to 36 and are alternately coloured black and red from the number 1. The zero and double zero pockets are green in colour.

To begin, you’ll place your bets, then the wheel will be spun one way and the ball another. In order to ensure fairness, a Random Number Generator will determine where the wheel comes to a stop. Payouts in Roulette vary according to the different bets placed and this game can be very lucrative if enjoyed for real money.

Bets can be placed on a single number or on many numbers, on odds or evens or black or red, and there are also many more complicated wagering options that see players betting on numbered sequences and vertical lines. As you become more familiar with the game you’ll find that trying out new bets is great fun and the free play mode offers the ideal opportunity to check out what sort of bets are on offer, without risking any loss.

Roulette Variants Explained

There are 3 different variants of Roulette available online, with the European version of the game being the most popular by far. This is due to European Roulette being easy to play and having a very favourable house edge, giving players an excellent chance of walking away a winner.

In European Roulette the wheel has 37 numbered pockets, from 0 to 36. Considered by many to be the original version of the game, European Roulette has a house edge of 2.70% and this makes it particularly attractive to players who want to win big.

Although French Roulette has the same house edge as its European counterpart the game is far less popular. This could be because it’s often played in French, or because the European version is simply the one that’s considered a classic. French Roulette does however offer a major advantage; in that it features two unique rules that can drastically reduce its house edge. The en prison and la partage rules both favour the player and can be used to great effect.

La partage means ‘the sharing’ in French, and this rule sees players paid back half their wager on losing even money bets that land on the zero. If the la partage rule is enforced, the house edge is reduced to 1.35%.

En prison translates to ‘in prison’ and is an apt name for a rule that sees an even money bet held back for anther turn if the ball happens to land on the zero. Just like the la partage rule, en prison brings the house edge down to a miniscule 1.35%.

When you learn about American Roulette you may wonder why this variant is the second most popular online, and why its preferred over the French version. American Roulette has a house edge of 5.26%, almost double that of the European and French games. This increased house edge is due to the American wheel having an extra numbered pocket, so the pockets start at 00 and go up to 36. This additional number has often seen the game nicknamed ‘Double Zero Roulette’, and it certainly makes play far more challenging. That doesn’t seem to put anyone off and American Roulette is enjoyed by millions of player’s worldwide.

Of course, the online casino industry has been responsible for creating some rather unique Roulette games, and along with Progressive Jackpot Roulette, Mini Roulette and Live Dealer Roulette players can also try their luck in Multi Wheel or Multi Ball games. Each game has its own advantages and appeals to players for different reasons, and although some are rather different to the classic version, they are still loads of fun!

Basic Strategy

Roulette is a game of chance, so when players talk about strategy they are more likely to be referencing betting systems. The Martingale, D’Alembert, Labouchere and Paroli betting systems are all worth investigating and work on principles of positive or negative progression; either reducing or increasing bets after wins or losses.

To get things going, a very basic tactic is to start with Odd/Even, Red/Black and 1st/2nd 18 bets. The other options are riskier but they can be more rewarding, so if you put the time into developing your game plan and technique you’ll likely see the benefits.

As mentioned earlier, the outcome of online Roulette games is based on an RNG and this means that one spin of the wheel and the results it delivers has no bearing on the next. This doesn’t mean you can’t use Roulette betting systems to great effect though, and checking out which ones suit your bankroll and style of play is definitely worthwhile.

Right, you’re ready to play Roulette now, so all you need to do is pick your preferred variant and place your bets. It won’t be long before you’re also a fan of this exciting casino game!