The wheel of roulette

Roulette is a popular casino game where in your bet on certain things, you let the wheel spin, and pray that the ball lands on your bet or one of your bets. It has changed little ever since 1796 with either single zero wheels or double zero wheels.

There are two kinds of wheel and each kind of wheel has a certain arrangement of numbers. For the single zero the numbers are arranged as follows: 0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-9-22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26. For the double zero wheel, the arrangement is: 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2.

How to bet and play the roulette?

There are rules in betting and every casino might have a different rule in terms of how many bets you can place, maximum/minimum amount of bet, and so on. The rules will mostly be displayed on the table where everyone can see it easily.

You can bet in many ways like specific numbers, odd/even, high/low numbers, and/or by color. The bets are grouped into two parts inside bets and outside bets. Inside bets are betting on certain numbers where in you chose certain numbers or a certain grouping of specific numbers. Outside bets are those where in you bet by columns of numbers, by dozen, by color, by lows/highs, or odd/even.

You just put your bet or bets, either chip or money, on a certain area in the board when the dealer says to place your bets. When the dealer says no more bets then the players are not allowed to make any more changes to their bets. The dealer will hand gesture or wave their hand on the table signifying this. When the bets are set, the wheel will spin and the ball will be thrown.

When the wheel stops turning and the ball is firmly on a number slot, you know who will win. The dealer will take the loosing bet chips/money and give the pay-out to the winning bets.

The chances of winning and pay-out

Each grouping of bets have a specific chance of winning. Outside bets have bigger wining chances, but the pay-out is lower than then inside bets. Color, odd/even, and lows/highs have the highest chances of winning since the numbers are grouped into two but it has the lowest pay-out among the bets. Betting on any inside bets, especially on a certain number, will give you more pay-out but with very low chance of winning.

The pay-out is in ratio to the bet that you have placed. Color, odd/even, and lows/highs have 1:1 ratio, meaning you just double the amount of your original bet. The highest pay-out is when you get lucky on one certain number with 35:1, or 35 times of your original bet will be rewarded to you.

Blackjack, a game of cards

Blackjack, aka twenty-one, is a card game a typical casino has. In history the game was called twenty-one and oldest records of the game was found in France and Spain. It became blackjack then it arrived in the USA with added pay-out rewards to those who has ace of spades and a black jack card, which is either jack of clubs or spades. That system was placed in to promote the game in the USA. The pay-out system died out but the name of the hand remained hence the game is now famously called blackjack.

Points needed to win

You need to get maximum of 21 points to win the game. If you get more than 21, it’s an automatic loss. The dealer wins if the dealer gets 21 points first. If no one can reach 21 points, then the one with the highest points, but not exceeding 21, will win.

As for the card values they are grouped into three. Points is equal to the face value for cards 2-9. Ten points for cards 10, Jack, Queen, and King. Ace may have 1 point or 11 points depending on the other cards in your hand, whatever value it favours you, a wild card.

The table and number of cards

The minimum is 1 full set of card deck or 52 cards for a small table and the maximum would be 416 cards in one game, based on the amount of players the table can have. Most casino has 7 maximum players other has 12. Most casino with 7 player-tables will have 6 deck sets and all cards are shuffled together in one pile.

The casino game

When all players are settled the game will start. Each casino will mostly have different ways and rules or playing blackjack but the basics are the same. You place your wager on your area on the table, the cards are distributed, you play your hand of cards, the dealer will play their cards, and then someone gets the pay-out.

Blackjack is not a team play, it is you versus the dealer. Even if there are other players on the table it will still be you versus the dealer.

There are also plenty of hand gesturing in this game like hit, stand, double down, split, and surrender. Recently casinos have added a side bet depending on the outcome of a game like the insurance. Insurance is also the only side bet that casinos will unanimously offer and the other kinds of side bet are optional.