On the surface live roulette may seem like a daunting game to get into, but in reality it’s one of the easiest live casino games to learn how to play. With a straightforward set up and easy-to-understand bets and odds, it takes very little time to become an expert. With this in-depth guide to the rules and strategies of live roulette, getting to grips with the game is easy.
Live Roulette Layout
If you’re familiar with the real-life roulette table, live roulette shouldn’t be too hard to get your head around. On the screen, you’ll see the roulette table with two distinct betting sections. The long betting table is for inside bets while the wide, perpendicular betting table is for outside bets. At the top of the table is the wheel and the croupier, who spins the wheel, drops the ball, and calls the winning bet. In most live casino formats, the dealer will be playing on a physical table, placing your bets with real chips and spinning the wheel in real-time. However, you will find that some live roulette lobbies use a computer-generated betting table, with only the dealer and the wheel actually present.
There are two commonly used types of live roulette wheels:
• European Roulette – a European roulette wheel has 37 individual pockets, from 0 to 36, with a house edge of 2.7%.
• American Roulette – an American roulette wheel has 38 pockets, with an additional 00 and a house edge of 5.26%.
While they’re aesthetically similar, the difference in house edge makes them alluring to different types of players. If you prefer better odds, try European – if you like a challenge, opt for American!
How to Bet in Live Roulette
Placing a bet on the live roulette table is simple: all you need to do is pick your desired amount (as long as it’s higher than the minimum bets for that lobby), decide which bet you want to make, and click on it. From there, the live dealer will acknowledge your bet and place physical chips on the table. Luckily, in live roulette, you can place as many bets as you please.
Once all bets are placed the croupier will spin the wheel and call the winning number. If your bet wins, you’ll receive a payout equal to the odds for that bet, however, if you lose, your chips are taken and your bankroll will be depleted.
Inside Bets and Odds
Inside bets are bets on single numbers. You can make several types of inside bets in live roulette:
• Straight – a single number bet (two, 23, 14 etc.) with has odds of 35:1, meaning a £1 bet would result in a £35 payout
• Split – a bet placed across two adjacent numbers, with the chip placed on the line that separates them, and has a payout of 17:1
• Street – this bet is placed on three number in a row with odds of 11:1
• Corner – you place a bet on four separate numbers with odds of 8:1
• Line – a line bet is placed across two rows with six separate numbers, with odds of 5:1
Outside Bets and Odds
Outside bets are placed on a group of numbers. In live and online roulette, there is a range of outside bets available:
• Red/Black – you bet on whether the ball will land on a red or black number, with odds of 1:1
• Odd/Even – you bet on whether the ball will land on an odd or even pocket, with odds of 1:1
• High/Low – the last bet with odds of 1:1, you bet whether the ball will land on a number between 1-18 or 19-36
• Dozens – you pick a group of 12 numbers across the table with odds of 2:1
• Column – this bet is placed on one of the inside bet columns, incorporating 12 numbers, with odds of 2:1
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