Roulette is one of the oldest casino games there is, having been around since at least the 17th century. It’s a game of pure chance, excitement, and stakes as high as you would like them to be.
And just like other ancient table games such as blackjack, baccarat, sic bo and poker, roulette migrated to the internet and has become one of the most popular games that you can play online. If you’re new to the world of online roulette, we’ll explain the rules, the different variations of roulette, and roulette odds. We’ll also give you the lowdown on the most popular strategies used in roulette.
Can Canadians play roulette online? Yes, online roulette is perfectly legal for players in Canada.
Other than the possibility of playing it whenever and wherever and without the need for a real dealer, online roulette is played exactly like roulette in a land-based casino.
Firstly, you have to decide what number(s) you want to bet on and place your chips at the appropriate section of the table.
Once the wheel starts spinning and the ball is entered into the wheel, you cannot change your decision anymore (“rien ne va plus”) and have to wait for the outcome (where does the ball land)
After the ball has reached its final pocket and the wheel stops spinning, all bets are paid out and you’ll receive your chips or lose the ones you bet.
It is as simple as that.
Is online roulette rigged?
No, online roulette is not rigged. Like most other gambling games you find online, online roulette uses a random number generator to come up with results. As long as you’re playing at a trusted and reputable casino, you can rest assured that online roulette is not rigged, and positive and negative outcomes are all down to luck.
Is online roulette random?
Yes, online roulette is completely random. While some people may use betting strategies during online roulette, it’s a game of pure chance. Nothing a player does can influence the final outcome. Keeping all this in mind, it’s very important that you understand how the roulette wheel works, and what the different numbers and sections mean.
Understanding the Roulette Wheel Number Sequence
Since we now have many different versions of online roulette, the wheel has a bunch of different layouts. The layout is designed to exclude any bias and to make it impossible to notice any logic behind the numbers on the wheel. Still, to play online roulette, it’s good to have a rough understanding of those layouts and how they came about, so let’s have a look.
The single-zero wheel is probably the most balanced of them all. It features 37 pockets with the numbers 1 to 36 and the single zero. Apart from the green zero, you’ll see red and black numbers alternating all around the wheel.
You’ll also see high and low numbers alternating, with 5 and 10 next to each other being the notable exception. The last thing that is spread out all over the wheel is the odd and even numbers. You’ll never see more than two odd or even numbers next to each other.
While the double-zero wheel also alternates between red and black numbers, it does a much worse job at spreading out the other things.
For example, you’ll notice many instances of high or low numbers being next to each other.
The rarely-used triple-zero wheel, on the other hand, uses almost the same layout as the well-balanced European version. But it throws a double, and a triple zero into the mix.
Understanding What The Different Roulette Wheel Sections Mean
Roulette wheels are broken down into three different sections as you can see in the graphic below. Thanks to the French origins of the game, those sections also have French names. So, let’s have a look at each one.
Voisins du Zero
Voisins du Zero is the biggest section and it includes the zero. It describes the section with the “neighbours of zero” which is the actual translation of the section name.
If you want to play section bets, you would have a 9-chip bet on your hands in this section, with none of them being a straight up bet. Most of the bets are split bets of two numbers and then you only need 9 of them to cover all the numbers in this section.
Tiers du Cylindre
In order to cover all numbers in the second largest section, the Tiers du Cylindre, you’ll need to invest six chips. Again, all of them are split bets and they cover 12 numbers on the wheel.
The last section is split into two and was given the name Orphelins. It only covers 8 numbers and you’ll need 5 chips to cover them all.
Just remember that all of those section bets are exclusive to the European version of the online roulette wheel.
ROULETTE BETS & PAYOUTS
Let’s have a closer look at the actual bets and payouts of online roulette now, so you can take the information in and use it when you play your next round. There are a bunch of bets that will give you an even money payout, meaning, if you win, your win will be the same as what you bet.
Those even money bets are the colors red or black, the low numbers from 1 to 18 or the high numbers from 19 to 36 and the even or odd numbers. Those bets have the best winning chances, but they also pay out the worst.
The next group is bets that pay out double of what you bet. To place those kinds of bets, you can either place your bet on one of the three dozen: 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36 − or, you can also bet it on a column of twelve numbers.
If you bet on six numbers only, that is called a line bet and will pay out 5 to 1. A corner bet, where you place your chip at the intersection of four numbers, will grant you a payout of 8 to 1, while a street bet on three numbers will give you 11 to 1. The aforementioned split bets of two numbers pay out 17 to 1.
Last but not least, you have your straight up bet, where you place your chip on one number only. This moxy will have you cash out a sweet 35x your stake if it pays off.
TYPE OF BET
These are bets placed on individual numbers on the inside of the table.
A bet placed on the line between 2 numbers that appear alongside each other. Place the chip on the line to cover bonus numbers.
Place a bet where the lines cross between 4 numbers.
A bet placed on the left-hand side of a column to cover the 3 numbers in that column.
A bet placed on one of the 3 rows at the bottom of the table. This bet will cover all the numbers in that row.
A bet placed on the left-hand side of the inside table between 2 rows. This covers 6 numbers at a time.
COLUMN PLUS ZERO
A bet placed in the top left-hand corner between 1 and zero. This covers zero, 1, 2, and 3.
A bet placed on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd 12’s to cover 12 numbers at the same time.
A bet placed on first and last 18’s to cover 1 to 18 or 19 to 36.
A bet placed on the Odd or Even block will provide payouts for all even numbers or all odd numbers. Zero will result in a loss with this option.
A bet placed on red or black to cover half the table. Zero will only again not payout with this bet.
THE RULES OF THE MOST POPULAR TYPES OF ONLINE ROULETTE
Once you understand the different bets and payouts, there is not that much to the game of online roulette. It is a simple and straightforward game of chance.
You place your bets before the ball gets put into the spinning wheel and once it stops, the bets are paid out.
However, there are some differences when it comes to rules between the three main variations of roulette, which are the following.
Original Roulette Rules
While the old original roulette had zero and even a double zero, those were integrated into the color scheme and the odds/evens and high/low as well.
The single zero was red and was even as well as low, while the double zero was black, odd and high. If zero was the winning number and you have bet on one of the even money bets and would’ve won though, the bets would stay on for the next spin and would only be paid out if you won one of those bets on a “normal” number.
European Roulette Rules
European roulette seems to be the most popular choice amongst players. It gives players a greater chance to earn money, as the house advantage here is merely 2.63%.
Some casinos even offer some additional rules, cutting the house edge even further. In online roulette, you can choose to apply one or both of those rules before you start playing.
The “En Prison” rule
This rule stated that you have two options when a zero turns up, but only if you placed an even money bet. You can either reclaim half of your bet and lose the other half, or, you can leave the bet for the next spin in a classic case of all or nothing.
The “La Partage” rule
This works in a similar fashion. But you don’t have the option of leaving the bet. When a zero turns up, you lose half your bet.
American Roulette Rules
While the rules in this online roulette version work similar to the European one, the additional double zero leads to a much higher house edge.
TOP ROULETTE STRATEGIES
Online roulette, like all other casino games, is a game of chance and there is no way for you to determine or influence the outcome. However, a number of popular online roulette strategies have been developed over the years, which we will explain in the section below.
Standard Martingale Strategy
Based on a French betting system from the 18th century and sometimes also used in trading, the standard Martingale Strategy in roulette tells you to double your bet on losses and change your bet after a win.
So, if you start betting on black and red comes up, you double your bet on black for the next spin and so on, until black comes up. Then you would start at the beginning with a bet on red and do it all over again.
The Paroli is essentially the fire to the Martingale’s ice, which is why it is sometimes called the Reverse Martingale. The principle is kind of the same, but it’s flipped on the head. While you would double up on losses with Martingale, you would do so on wins with the Paroli strategy.
According to popular opinion, this strategy goes easier on your budget, since you only make small bets until you actually win.