Roulette attracts people largely for its visual impact. With the wheel spinning and the ball hurling around, it just looks like fun. It's also very basic as table games go, and while there are numerous wagers that can be made at a roulette table, it doesn't take much specialized knowledge to play intelligently.
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The roulette wheel is divided into a number of different pockets of equal size: Either 37 in the European game with just a single zero, or 38 for the American version with both zero and double zero pockets. Half of the numbers are colored black while the other half are red (the zero and double zero are green), with the colors alternating the whole way around the wheel.
With the wheel constantly spinning in one rotation, the ball is put in play in the opposite direction. Eventually, the ball will settle into one of the pockets, determining the winning number. On a physical roulette table, the ball may hop around a few times before settling. For an online roulette game, the graphics may depict the ball bouncing around in a similar manner, but the random number generator that controls the game has determined the winning number ahead of the spin.
Players can place bets before the ball is in play and while the ball is at full speed. As the ball begins to slow, the dealer announces that no more bets are allowed. After the winning number is determined, losing bets are cleared off the layout and winning bets are paid out. Payouts range from 36:1 for hitting an individual number down to even money for the red-black, even-odd or first 18-second 18 bets.
Roulette uses special chips that have no defined value. Instead, their value is determined when a player buys in. Each player then has chips of a specific color, making it easier to tell at a glance who has bet on what. Aside from placing bets within the specified time, the player's lone responsibility is to obey the table minimum and maximum. The table minimum can be met with a combination of bets. For example, a player can satisfy the minimum wagering requirement on a $10 game by placing $1 bets on 10 or more individual numbers, split or corner bets. Wagers made on the outside areas of the layout usually have their own limits since the payouts are lower.