Roullete (pronounced ro-LEE-lee) is an exciting and fun casino game that has been around since the 17th century. Originally based on the Italian game Biribi, roulette is a very simple game that is played by throwing a ball into a spinning wheel. After the spin, the ball settles into a pocket on the wheel that marks a number. If you bet on that number, you win!
The game is played on a table with a rotating wooden wheel that contains a series of metal partitions called “canoes” in which the numbers are painted. There are 36 of these compartments, which alternate between red and black, numbered from 1 to 36 in nonconsecutive order. On European wheels, there is also a green compartment that carries the zero sign.
Before betting, a player must first place chips on the table, in front of the dealer. Then, the croupier throws a ball into the spinning wheel and the table watches as it bounces around until it settles into the number marked on the pocket.
There are many different types of bets in roulette. You can bet on single numbers, a combination of several numbers, the color red or black, whether a number is odd or even, and more.
In addition, you can make a bet on groups of digits called “outside bets” that have lower odds but a higher chance of winning. The house edge on these bets is usually lower than on the individual digits, so they are a good way to play roulette for beginners and improve your chances of winning.
You can also make split bets, which straddle the line between two numbers on the layout. These bets can pay up to 17-1. Or, you can place your chip on a street bet, or a row of three numbers, which pays 11-1.