Roulette is a gambling game in which a small ball is released into a rotating cylinder and bets placed on which red or black numbered compartment it will land upon as it comes to rest. Bettors may also choose single numbers, groupings of numbers, odd/even numbers and whether its high (19-36) or low (1-18).
Roulette originated in Europe during the late 18th century as an offshoot of earlier games like hoca and portique, reaching its modern form around 1790 with a standardised wheel and table layout. Ever since, casinos and other gaming houses across the globe have utilized roulette as one of their signature offerings.
The roulette wheel is a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with metal separators or frets (known by croupiers as canoes) to form thirty-six compartments labelled nonconsecutively from 1 to 36 on European wheels and two green pockets on American wheels (marked with signs 0 or two green pockets for Americans) designated by nonconsecutive numbers from 1-36 respectively. On European wheels a green compartment marked “0” denotes its zero, while two green pockets on American wheels indicate it. Finally the rim of this wheel alternately painted red-black;
Once the dealer clears away winning bets, betting for the next round begins. Before this point is reached, any type of bet you like on the table – even “outside bets,” which involve groups of numbers rather than single digits – may be made. But remember: roulette is a game of chance with no way around its inherent house edge – so be smart when making bets! And do remember to tip croupiers regularly for their hard work – they deserve your appreciation!