It’s time to play the Devil’s Game, the third most popular casino game to date. Don’t get riled up, though. Despite the fact that the numbers on a roulette wheel add up to 666, there are no Satanic forces at play, we promise. Instead, we’re gonna explain how roulette works, share some of the best roulette betting strategies, when to employ them, and show you what makes roulette timeless.
Let’s learn how to play roulette online, Bro!
Quick Notes Before We Start
- Roulette is a luck-based game. You can’t win every time even if you wanted to.
- Winning after a losing bet is much more satisfying than constantly winning.
- Roulette is more about excitement. The potential of walking away with winnings is a plus.
- If you play roulette just to win, you are going to have a bad time, dawg.
Basic Rules: What Roulette Players Should Know?
Let’s start from the very basics, one baby step at a time. Each game of roulette has:
- A roulette table
- Dealer (when you play video roulette, you won’t have a dealer)
If we take a closer look at that roulette table itself, we’ve got the:
- Roulette wheel
- Roulette betting chips
- The betting table
The roulette wheel is pretty easy to explain. When the wheel spins, the dealer tosses a ball and the ball will land in one of the numbered pockets. Easy stuff.
All those numbers and colors on the betting table can seem a bit intimidating to new players. Don’t be discouraged, though. As the name suggests, this is the place to put your chips, specifically on the number you think is going to win. If that little ball loves you, you will do just that – win. That’s the most basic way to explain the setup, but let’s take a deeper look at that betting table.
Roulette Odds, Payouts, and Probability
Ok, let’s talk odds and bets. Quick note: There are two main roulette types – European roulette and American roulette. This guide will focus on European roulette.
First, take a look at all those numbers in the middle of the table. They go from 1 to 36 and right above 1, 2, and 3, there is the nasty number 0. Now, you can be on each of those 37 numbers (including the 0) by placing a chip (chips) IN THE MIDDLE of the number. If the ball lands on the number you bet on, you win 36 times that amount. For example, if you bet $5 on the number “12” and win, you will earn $5*36 = $180.
Before you run off and try to turn those last 5 bucks into almost 200 bucks, KEEP IN MIND that the odds of winning a Straight number are 2.7%. So, yeah, this is pretty hard to achieve. If we all could bet on straight numbers, roulette just wouldn’t be fun, dawg. Luckily, we have much more to bet on than that.
Remember how I mentioned that you place chips in the middle of numbers? There is a reason why I specifically said middle. You may have guessed that you can place chips on the sides and even corners of some numbers. Let’s first talk about the sides, a.k.a the SPLITS.
A split is when you place a chip on the line between two numbers. When a player does this, that player is betting on two numbers but now, the odds are lower. This time you can win 18 times your amount.
Example: If you bet $5 on the line between numbers 12 and 15 – and the ball lands on 15 (or 12), you win $5*18 = $90.
The odds, this time are 5.4%. A little better than betting on straights, but still pretty low. Let’s keep going, dawgs.
See how all the numbers are neatly organized in 12 lines? Each line has 3 numbers and you can place a bet on a line. This is called a STREET. A street bet can win you 12 times your bet.
Example: If you bet $5 on 10,11,12 street – and the ball lands on one of those numbers, you win $5*12 = $60.
Still, you’ll have to deal with pretty low odds of 8.1%.
We’ve bet on middles, sides, lines and now let’s put those chips in a corner of 4 different numbers.
These are called SQUARES. A square bet can win you 9 times your bet.
Example: If you bet $5 on the corner of 8, 9, 11, 12 – and the ball lands on 9, you win $5*9 = $45.
The odds are 10.8% which is encouraging. While the first three strategies aren’t very popular, betting on squares is usually the riskiest bet a casual roulette player makes. Personally, I like to place a few square bets when I’m feeling bold bordering on reckless
Remember the streets? Imagine if you stood at a fork between two streets. Those are SIX LINES. A six-line can win you 6 times your bet.
Example: If you bet $5 on the corner of 7 and 10, this will cover numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Let’s say the ball landed on 8. In that case, you win $5*6 = $30.
The odds are 16.2%. Indeed, the chances of winning are getting higher, but consequently, the winnings are getting lower. We’ve been looking at all the numbers in the middle of the betting table for way too long, so how ‘bout we examine the numbers which are on the outside? Here you will also find some of the most popular betting options for both new and veteran players.
Columns and Dozens
Columns are usually located at the bottom of the 36 numbers (under 34, 35, and 36). When you place a bet on a column, you are betting on the 12 numbers in that column. You can win 3 times the bet. The same thing goes for dozens, except they are usually on the sides and they also cover 12 numbers. The odds are 32.4%. In this example, we will make two bets to keep things interesting.
Example: If you bet $5 on the first dozen and another $5 on the first column, you’ve got the following numbers covered: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34. Let’s say the ball landed on 31. Technically, you won the column bet but lost the dozen bet. So our winnings are ($5*3) – $5 = $10.
What you just read is probably a basic round of roulette. Most roulette players, especially new ones, will stick to outside bets just to be on the safe side.
High or Low, Odd or Even, Red or Black
Ah, here we go! This is where most games of roulette usually start. Many players, usually stick to these when playing roulette because they are low risk and easy to understand.
- HIGHS are numbers from 1 to 18, LOWS are 17 to 36.
- EVENS are even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) and ODDS are (1, 3, 5, 7, etc.)
- REDS are red-colored numbers and BLACKS are colored black. Go figure.
Each one of these covers half of the numbers and each can double your bet.
Example: Let’s put $20 on black. The ball spins and lands on 3. 3 is red. Say bye-bye to those $20.
So, since each of these cover half of the numbers, the odds are 48.6%. Wait, what? Why 48.6%? Shouldn’t the odds be 50%? NOPE. We forgot THE NUMBER!
The uninvited guest you can’t get rid of that you didn’t even invite. The one who you never notice but when you do, it’s too late because, not just you, but all other players lost. Yup, a roulette game wouldn’t be the same without a party crasher like zero.
Unlike all other numbers, Zero doesn’t play by the rules. Outside bets don’t work on zero. Splits, squares, and even six ways (in this case 4-ways) work but everyone will just give you a weird look if you do this. The only “valid” bet with zero is the straight single zero bet. When you do this, you are either saying I’m feeling really lucky OR I want to lose this chip.
Normally, nobody ever bets on zero and so, when the ball does land on a zero, EVERYONE loses their money. The zero is the perfect reminder that, no matter how much we might win, we can’t beat the house edge. I hate zero from the bottom of my heart BUT, roulette just wouldn’t be the same without it.
What Are The Best Roulette Strategies – Roulette Betting Systems 101
OK, since we’ve covered all types of bets and odds, let’s talk about some of the best-known roulette strategies. These are all legitimate online roulette strategies that you can go and use right now if you want. Just note that even if you are using one of these strategies, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to win all online roulette games.
Martingale Betting Strategy
If you want to kill all the fun of roulette betting use the Martingale Strategy. In our opinion, only players who don’t like or don’t care about roulette will resort to this boring roulette strategy. Here’s how it works:
- You usually pick one of the 48,6% bets (reds, blacks, highs, lows, odds, evens).
- Then we place the MINIMUM amount on just one of them. Yup, just one.
- Now, if you lose, double the bet on the same space.
- Keep going until you win.
- When we do win (and we will with a 48.6 % chance) restart the whole thing by betting the minimum amount again.
The idea is that when you finally win, you regain everything you’ve lost and earn some money on the side as well. After that, you start again safely with the minimum amount and take a hike the moment you feel you made enough. In a way, this is the safest way to win at roulette but also the most boring. I mean, I would rather bet on zero than use this just because it really kills the vibe. So yeah, please don’t rely solely on this one.
James Bond Roulette Strategy
As cool as James Bond is, his roulette strategy could use some work. I mean, it’s OK, but it’s also pretty boring IMHO. For the James Bond betting strategy, you need a round number in your wallet. Let’s say $20.
- You put 14 bucks on the HIGHS.
- $5 on the third SIX WAY (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18).
- And a single buck on zero.
- You do this over and over again with the same amount for the entire game.
The point is to cover the entire board, except for the first 12 numbers, and to win little by little. Most of the time, you will only win $8 because of the HIGHS win and minus all other chips that didn’t win. Sometimes you will get lucky and hit the six-way and win $10. The most interesting thing is the 0, which will only earn you $16. The big downside to this is that when the ball hits 1-12, you lose $20 and that loss really stings. It’s not as boring as Martingale but still pretty mundane. Seems that not even James Bond himself can win against house advantage.
D’Alembert Roulette Strategy
This betting strategy is similar to the Martingale one but with a nice little twist – it focuses on even money bets such as red/black, odd/even, or 1-18/19-36. Before you start, you need to pick a unit and it should be lower than your total funds of 1%.
- So pick either 0.5 or 0.3 % to be your unit.
- Now, you pick a 48,6 % spot to bet on and stick with it (again, just like Martingale).
- Each time you lose, you increase your bet amount by one unit.
- Each time you win, you decrease your bet by one unit.
Example: Bet $3 on lows. LOSE. Bet $4 on lows. LOSE. Bet $5 on Lows. WIN. Bet $4 on lows. Rinse and repeat.
Many experts say that this is the best roulette strategy. The point is to play it safe but not so aggressively or cowardly as with the Martingale strategy. The biggest con is that you usually will not win or lose. Instead, you’ll most likely break even every time which isn’t that much fun either. I don’t hate this betting strategy but I rarely use it.
The Fibonacci roulette strategy similar to the Martingale betting system. You again only pick one 48,6% and stick with it. Again, each time you lose, you raise the bet – and each time you win, you lower it. Now, how do you raise the bet? You raise it by the sum of the last two bets. Check it out:
- 1st bet: $5. LOSE.
- 2nd bet: $5. LOSE.
- 3rd bet: $10. LOSE.
- 4th bet: $15. LOSE.
- 5th bet: $25. WIN.
- 6th bet: $10.
When you finally win a bet, you move back by two numbers. It may look hard but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. Another one of the “safe” roulette strategies but, again, not much fun.
Reverse Martingale Strategy
Unlike the regular Martingale system (bet on 48,6 % and keep betting on the same spot), we can really endorse the reversed Martingale strategy. It’s a high-risk, high-reward system and it’s one of the purest forms of how roulette should be played. Instead of raising your bet every time you lose, this time you raise it every time you win.
When you lose, you start from the minimum bet again. This one simple change makes using the martingale fun and exciting. It’s natural that we want to win big when we start winning and the reverse Martingale is perfect for that.
Keep in mind that when you lose, you lose everything you’ve won. But it’s the casino’s money that you’ve lost, so it’s hard to run out of money (at least, YOUR OWN money). We totally recommend this gambling strategy, especially to new players!
Lately, roulette players have been talking a lot about the Holy Splits betting strategy and how it’s full-proof. Well, let me stop you right there, dawg. It ain’t that almighty. But, it’s a fun betting strategy nonetheless so your boy Derrick feels like he should mention it.
When you play the Holy Splits you are placing a single chip on every other split from top to bottom. You basically start from either 1/2 split and criss-cross your way down to the last number. The splits should look something like this 1/2, 5/6, 7/8, 10/11, and so on. When you get to the end of the board, you also place two of the same chips on the middle column bet. You are basically covering two-thirds of all the numbers minus the zero (and double zero if you are playing American Roulette).
So, what happens next? Ideally, you are hoping to get any of the middle column numbers because every single number is covered by one of your splits, not to mention the 2 to 1 bet for the middle column bet (where you placed two chips).
If you don’t get one of the middle numbers, you are still covering 12 of the other numbers with your splits, and getting them will earn you a small profit.
When you do score one of the middle column numbers, you will love this strategy as it can earn a bunch of winnings really fast. However, losses hurt a lot, and I do mean A LOT.
Example: If you are placing a $25 chip bet for each of your splits and a $50 for the column bet, you’re looking at a $250 profit for each middle column number which is quite a lot. However, if the ball lands on one of the 12 (13 with the zero) numbers not covered by your bet, you are going to lose $350 just like that.
Not gonna lie, the Holy Splits is a lot of fun and if you are placing larger bets you can find yourself winning a lot of money. The downside? You can also lose it all just like that. It really depends on how lucky you are, dawg, no two ways about it.
Casino Bros’ Custom Roulette Strategy
Are you ready for the best of the best roulette strategies? Us too, so let us know when you hear about it. Until then, let us tell you about our own strategy tips. The strategy is basically a reversed Martingale with a 3 win limit and a random inside chip.
Basically, we play reverse Martingale for up to 3 wins and then reset. Sometimes when we’re feeling bold we go for 4 or even 5 wins. However, this is just a cover for the real bet. The real bet is the random chip that’s placed inside the table. The chip is always within the reverse Martingale zone. It can be a six line, a split, a square – you name it! Heck, It can even be a straight number depending on your mood.
The reverse Martingale will keep you afloat while you’re actually betting on the winning number inside the table. Most of the time I don’t win the inside table number. But when I do, HOO BABY, does it feel good!
We can’t guarantee that this is THE winning strategy but you can manage to either stack your wins a bit or at least break even if luck isn’t on your side. Overall, we always have the most fun with this roulette strategy, which is kind of the point of this guide.
Roulette Strategy Summary
So, we’ve covered the roulette systems and we covered some famous roulette strategies. Go ahead and use some of them right now and you will probably have a good time. Just remember that, no matter what, the house always wins.
With that said, the best casino game strategy is the one you create for yourself. Seriously, Bros, if you want to play roulette, try some of these tactics, see what you like, and adjust them to your preferences. Most importantly, roulette strategies should serve as your betting templates, not actual rules.
Use that template, modify it and, for the love of everything that’s holy, take some risks. Online casino games are simply no fun without the risks. We got you, Bro!
What is the best bet in roulette?
European roulette table is your best bet, especially if it offers the en prison option which reduces the house edge by half. With the en prison rule in effect, your even money bet becomes “imprisoned” when the ball lands on the zero.
Is owning a roulette wheel illegal?
In most parts of the world, it is perfectly legal to own a roulette wheel provided you don’t use it to run an illegal casino yourself.
Can online roulette be beaten?
There is no sure-fire strategy for beating online roulette. When playing roulette, we recommend you avoid trying to “beat the system”, and just find ways to enjoy the game.
Is online roulette truly random?
Online roulette relies on the Random Number Generator (RNG) since there is no physical ball and wheel. In other words, the ball and wheel serve as visual representations of an RNG. Keep in mind that the RNG is not random per se. The system has (or at least should have) a way of tracking the sequence and predicting the outcome.