Although there are many variants of roulette, the most common games are American roulette and European roulette. Most casinos will offer at least these two types of roulette.
American roulette is the French version of the game, which is an easier and more challenging version than the European version of roulette. The main difference between the two games is the existence of the 00 space on the roulette wheel, which does not exist on the European one. This extra space may seem like a minor change, but it actually changes the odds of the game greatly, as it adds an additional point at which the player can lose money.
The game is simpler as it is easier to understand. The numbers are adjacent to and opposite each other on the wheel. That is, the “1” box is in opposition to the “2” box, and the “0” box is opposite the “00” box. There are also some additional rules like “la partage” or “en prison” that exist in European roulette that do not exist in the American version of the game.
American roulette is the standard roulette game in almost all casinos today. You have a roulette wheel with 38 numbered and colored pockets. The roulette wheel also has pockets 0 and 00. A ball is thrown when the wheel is spinning, and you have to bet on exactly which pocket the ball will land on.
You can place a wide variety of bets on American roulette. The standard bets to make are what color the ball will land on (red or black) or whether this number will be odd or even. However, you also have the option to bet on any specific number, or that the ball will land on any number between 1-12, or 23-24, or even 25 to 36.
There are also other bets that you can normally make, for example if the ball will land on one of six adjacent numbers, or if the chosen one will be one of three numbers in a column. They can also place split bets which is a single bet on two numbers, with the roulette odds usually being 17:1.
An interesting thing about roulette is that you can continue to place bets even after the wheel has started spinning. The casino will accept bets until the wheel is starting to stop and the croupier raises his hand on the table, confirming that no more bets are accepted. Some players like to literally wait until the last minute before placing their bets as they assume they will be able to “see” where the ball will ultimately land.