Roulette is actually one of simplest games in casino to play, despite busy- looking table and multiple colors of chips used. The pace is fairly relaxed compared to blackjack and positively glacial compared to craps. An added plus is that tables are usually not crowded. You can thus play for moderately long periods of time without serious financial risk, even though house edge is considerably higher than blackjack or craps.
HOW TO PLAY ROULETTE
The wheel is divided into 38 evenly spaced slots into which ball will eventually land. Each slot has a number and color that matches corresponding numbers and colors on betting table. The numbers are from 1 to 36, with half black and half red. The remaining two slots are for zero and double zero, both of which are colored green.
NOTE: Some roulette games have a wheel with only a single zero - no double zero. This means wheel will have 37 instead of 38 numbers, which effectively cuts house edge in half. You will find very few single zero games in Las Vegas, but if you find one, jump on it. The house edge is only 2.6%, making it one of better casino games to play.
SPECIAL NOTE: The little Nevada Palace on Boulder Highway, across from Sam's Town, has a single zero roulette table open all time.
The dealer spins wheel and then spins a small ivory or steel ball around rim of wheel in opposite direction. When ball finally comes to rest in one of slots, dealer calls out winning number and color and places a marker over that number on betting table for all to see.
There are many different bets indicated on betting table, as follows: