The Ins and Outs of Roulette
Take this short quiz to see what you really know about roulette
1. The probability of any bet winning at roulette is the same. T or F.
2. An American roulette wheel has 36 numbers. T or F.
3. After the roulette ball drops into a pocket, the dealer immediately sweeps all losing bets. T or F.
4. There is a total of 11 different roulette bets. T or F.
5. All the outside bets pay even money. T or F.
6. A player who bets $1 straight up on numbers 2, 6, and 10, plus $1 on red and $1 on odd, has met the $5 minimum bet table requirement. T or F.
7. The odds of a red number winning are 50/50. T or F.
8. The European roulette wheel has one less number than the American wheel. T or F.
9. If a red number has won the last 10 spins in a row, the next spin is more likely to be black number. T or F.
10. Atlantic City casinos have a surrender rule in roulette. T or F.
11. The five number bet is the worst bet on a European wheel. T or F.
12. The table layout has numbers arranged in the same order as the wheel. T or F.
13. Roulette chips can be redeemed at the cashier’s window. T or F.
14. To avoid confusion, roulette players in American and European casinos are assigned their own colored chips to bet with. T or F.
15. There are no progressive betting systems that will alter the casino’s edge in roulette. T or F.
Answers: Questions 4, 8, 10, and 15 are true. The rest are false. For detailed answers, read on!
Roulette is a great, and somewhat glamorous, casino game. It has the advantage over other table games in that there are less decisions per hour (e.g. slower pace), and the amount of your bets and where you place them has no effect on other player bets (i.e. non-intimidating).
History reveals that roulette was first played some 200 years ago in France. Its precursors were the Italian game of biribi and the English game of Roly-poly. It wasn’t until the horizontal gaming wheel was invented (actually for Roly-poly) that roulette became one of the more popular and permanent casino games.