Roulette is one of the world’s most beloved casino games, appealing to both beginners and more serious bettors alike. Played around the world both physically in casinos and virtually online, this centuries-old tradition boasts numerous glamorous stories.

Roulette wheel consists of a circular, flat disk featuring 36 equally spaced divisions of red and black hues alternating with an extra green division numbered 0. When spinning in either direction, a ball is spun in opposite direction from the spinning wheel until it comes to rest; where it lands determines the winning bet. Players may wager on single numbers, groupings of numbers (odd/even), high or low scores (19-36) as well as odd or even numbers (1-18).

Each table displays the minimum and maximum bets that are allowed, and players should select one within their budget before beginning play. Furthermore, it is important to understand payouts for different bets; typically outside bets offer higher returns than inside bets.

Once bets have been placed, the croupier spins the wheel with the ball being rolled onto it. He or she then removes all losing bets before paying out winning ones.

Roulette comes in various variations, but the most widely played is European-style with one zero. This reduces the house edge to just 1.35% compared to American’s 2.70% advantage and this version can be found at most top online casinos.

Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and physicist working on perpetual motion machines at the time, invented roulette more than three centuries ago – more than 300 years before its modern-day appearance! Through his research led to the invention of the roulette cylinder and subsequent game of roulette as we know it today.

Once the roulette wheel has been spun and you have chosen your pocket, a croupier will spin it again to roll in the ball and remove any losing bets, paying out winning bets based on the payout table and transferring winnings directly into player accounts based on what was promised in their wagering chip contract (if possible): winning straight bets receive 392 chips payout while number bets pay similar rates as high-paying number 6 bets; number 40 pays 35 chips while zero offers 17 chips; your chances of landing either type of number or color bet are 1 in 37 while those for hitting either number or color bet are 7 in 38 respectively!

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