Online roulette is an online casino game that relies both on luck and strategy. Like Albert Einstein said ‘the only way you can beat roulette is to steal the chips from the dealer whilst he is not looking‘. Does this necessarily mean that the game is all about luck?
The answer is Not at all as with online roulette, players will make use of game strategy to reduce their risk to a minimal amount. Yes, the casino always has the house advantage over players but with a good degree of strategy in place as well as proper bank roll management your risk factor is greatly reduced. This is the difference between those who succeed at the game and those who do not.
There are two main types of online roulette that are common with many online casino and these are the American roulette and the European roulette. The American version of roulette has 38 numbered spots – 0, 00 and 1 to 36 whilst the European version of roulette has 37 numbered slots 0, and 1 to 36. When comparing the two variations, you will notice that the major difference between the two is that the American roulette has the two zero numbered slots – the single zero and the double zero whilst the European roulette only has a single zero numbered slot. Therefore, the American roulette has a higher house edge whilst the European roulette has a lower house edge. Therefore, when playing roulette, it is advantageous to select that with the lower house edge.
In both roulette variations, the zero numbered slots are colored green whilst 1 to 36 numbers slots are either colored red or black and these are distributed evenly. Before you can think of placing a bet on the roulette table, you need to understand the rules of the game. Some casinos will restrict players to a max bet on the table whilst other casinos do not restrict bets and accept unlimited bets from players.
The game rules are similar with both online roulette variations with the major difference between the two is that when playing the European roulette, if the ball lands on a slot numbered zero, players will lose half of their bets whilst in the American roulette, players will lose the entire bet if the ball lands on slot numbered 0 or 00.
After knowing the rules of the game, you would have to move on to the type of bets available in roulette. The game of roulette offers two main types of bets – the inside bets and outside bets. The inside bet consists of straight bets which have a higher payout than the outside bets. The outside bets consists of the dozen bets, column bets, even or odd bets, etc.
A good strategy in winning at roulette is to mix your bets by playing both the inside and outside bets as well as selecting the roulette variation that has a lower house edge advantage.