Roulette is played using a wheel containing 37 or 38 numbered pockets (1-36, plus a 0), a ball, and a layout upon which the player may place a bet or bets covering a single number or groups of numbers. The ball is spun around the wheel and will show up in one of the numbered slots, indicating the winning number. The goal of roulette is to pick this winning number.
On a roulette table there are two betting areas. The inside which contains the individual numbers and the outside bets. The outside bets area contains columns, red or black, even and odd, and roulette betting groups such as 1 to 18 and dozen bets. You can place a variety of ‘inside’ bets and ‘outside’ bets until the dealer announces “No more bets.” In roulette, the payout for each type of bet is based on its probability.
Popular betting system
One of the most popular betting strategies nowadays is the 1st and 3rd column strategy. When the player bets $4 on the 1st column and $4 on the 3rd column the player will have most of the red numbers covered. When the player also bets $4 on black this will provide insurance for when a black number shows. This system covers nearly all numbers on the table except for the single zero and the 4 red numbers in the middle column. If the result is a red number in either the 1st or 3rd column, the player will break even. If the result is red in the middle column the player loose $12. If the result is black and in the middle column, the player will loose $4. If the result is a black number in the 1st or 3rd column, the player will win $8.