Gaming Roulette

Roulette, what’s your bet?

Written by James Potter

Let’s examine the European roulette wheel. For starters, anyone who plays the American version of this game has rocks in their head. Why would you play a game with two numbers winning for the house when you could play a game with only one number winning for the house? Thankfully in Macau the European roulette wheel reigns supreme.

There are plenty of bets that you can place on a roulette table. You can bet on odd/evens, big /small and red/black which all offer even money. If you want a bit better you can go for 2/1 odds and back 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36. You can also back any column, which also pays 2/1.

You can back a block of six numbers which pays 6/1, a corner which is any four numbers paying 8/1, a street which is any three paying 11/1, a split which is any two paying 17/1 or a straight out number paying 35/1.

The big question is which is the best value bet? Well, that is the great thing about roulette – every bet on the table is mathematically even so it really doesn’t matter what you bet on. If you want to go for a big win, pick straight numbers while if you want to bust the bank on coin flips take even money shots instead. This is one of the reasons roulette is such a great game for beginners because you really can’t do too much wrong.

Personally, I like to hit the numbers around 0. If you do this you can take the following splits – 0/2, 0/3, 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, 26/28, 29/32, 32/35. By doing this you can watch the ball closely and just hope it sticks in close to the zero.