One of Americans favourite pastimes is gambling, and each year Las Vegas and Atlantic City get millions of visitors hoping to strike it rich or just out to have a great time under the bright lights and amid the party atmosphere of casinos. If you have always been a poker player or stuck mostly to the slot machines, you may want to consider venturing over to the roulette wheel on your next visit to your favourite casino. The wheel has been a favourite for lots of folks for years, and the roulette wheel has been with us since the 1700s. The spinning colours and ability to place bets even while the wheel is still spinning (until the dealer says no more bets) add to the thrill and adventure of this classic casino gambling game.
The game itself is not that difficult to understand, so if you have been wary to try it out for fear of looking foolish just read up on the basics of the game and watch for a little while before you bet. It won’t be long before you will see all the fun you can have playing the odds (or against them, I suppose) and hoping for the ball to fall in just the right spot to make you a big winner.
Basically, the game is a simple one of numbers. The wheel is on the table next to the board where you place your chips. The board has rows and columns of squares, and each square is assigned a number. The numbers are 1, 2, 3…36, and there are also two green numbers, the 0 and the 00. The wheel also contains the 0, 00, and the numbers 1, 2, 3…36.
Play begins when bets are placed and the dealer sets the wheel to spinning in one direction and sets the ball to spinning (in the opposite direction from the wheel) in a groove in the wheel. Of course, the ball will stop after a few minutes, and therein lays the game. You are trying to guess or predict on which number the ball will land. There are a variety of ways to place wagers, and different people will tell you all different kinds of playing strategies.
The most exciting play is also the simplest one; the straight-up bet is a wager wherein you pick the actual number; you simply place your chip on that square, and then if the ball lands on that number on the wheel, you win. You win big-time. You win 351. That means for every dollar you bet, the casino pays you back thirty-five dollars. See what I mean by exciting Pry yourself away from the slots and try your hand at roulette.