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Breaking Down the Roulette Wheel

Roulette Wheel in Europe

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There’s more to online casinos than just free slots games.

They might be the most abundant due to their popularity, but there are other ways to win big. They’re not even the only casino games that rely entirely on luck. This is where roulette enters the conversation.

The dazzling spinning wheel is capable of bringing the highest of highs, as it’s truly exhilarating watching that tiny white ball improbably land on the exact segment you needed.

But how exactly does the game work? How should you be playing it if you ever get the chance again? This post on Thor Slots will have a look at how roulette works, any differences between US and European roulette wheels, and how you can best improve your chances of winning on the wheel.

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How does roulette work?

As briefly eluded to above, roulette is a game of total luck. A red, black and partially green wheel spins in one direction, whilst the ball is thrown in the opposite direction. The colours are laid out alternately around the wheel.

Before the wheel is spun, players get the chance to bet on where on the wheel the ball will land. They have the choice of choosing a colour (red, black, green) or a specific number between 0 and 37/38 (depending on if it’s a European roulette wheel or an American one).

With those numbers, the player can predict if it will be odd or even in addition to picking a specific number. The more specific the bet, the more money you stand to win.

European Roulette Wheel vs American Roulette Wheel

Most European roulette tables have 37 holes in total, with numbers 0-36 around the edge; 0 is always green, and there’s always an equal amount of red and black numbers (18 of each).

In contrast, there’s a slight variation in how they set up roulette wheels in the US. Over there they have a second green hole numbered double zero, while the rest of the wheel looks the same.

The extra pocket leads casinos to sometimes modify their rules regarding bets. For example, if you were to bet on all odd numbers and zero or double zero lands instead, they would only take half of your stake.

There are different ways to call bets on a French roulette wheel – Call Bets, listed below – that are based on the layout of the wheel rather than the table:

  • Neighbours of Zero – 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25
  • Thirds of the Wheel – 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33
  • Zero Game – 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15
  • The Orphans – 1, 20, 14, 9, 17, 34, 6

Is There Any Strategy to Win at Roulette?

If you’re hoping for any patterns with the numbers, then definitely not. We can’t stress enough that roulette is a game of chance.

Even if you were to play 36/37 times in a row, there’s still a good chance that you’d lose every time. Maybe with the biggest stroke of luck that the universe has ever seen, but we’re not prepared to do the maths to find out how low that probability is. 

The temptation is to forget about how unlikely your odds are when you hit a hot streak. You should always walk away when you’re up, because the winds of fortune can change at any time.

The safest way for you to win is to call either red or black, as that puts your odds at almost 1:2 – the errant 0 skews the odds ever so slightly to stop them being a nice even number. Betting on a single number will land you your biggest windfall. 

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Verdict on the European Roulette Wheel

So your odds of winning are already quite low, the game is determined completely on luck, and the casino is going to come out on top more times than not. What’s the point? Well the answer is really simple. Its fun. It’s so much fun.

Roulette is one of the casino games that can’t be replicated as well in an online environment. The game may fundamentally be the same, but roulette in a real casino with people around watching you is an electric atmosphere.

It always feels like more of an occasion stepping up to the table in person. With a few drinks and some good company you’re always in for a really fun night even if you end the night losing more than you won.

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