Playing Roulette at a Casino

There are generally two types of roulette players at a casino: either inside or outside players. Each style has pros and cons depending on the goals of each player. Inside players tend to be looking for a thrill and big payouts, while outside players tend to want more wins at a lower payout.

Inside players bet the 38 numbers contained in boxes (1-36 plus 0 and 00) where the payouts for a straight-up bet are 35-to-1. Numbers can be split to increase the odds of a win, but doing so decreases the amount of the payout. A bet split between two numbers pays out at 17-to-1, while a corner bet that covers four numbers pays out at 8-to-1. There are also street bets that cover a row (3 numbers) and pay out at 11-to-1. A five-number bet that covers 0 and 00 pays out at 6-to-1 and a 6 number bet pays out at 5-to-1.

Outside bets cover more numbers than inside bets, but the payouts are lower. What many players like about the outside bet is the increased chance of a win. Players can bet on red or black, which pays back even money -- a $5 place bet returns $10. Betting on the number being odd or even as well as the high or low bet (1-18 or 19-36) returns the same payout. Bets on a column that cover 12 numbers pays out at 2-to-1. (A column split pays out at 1-to-2, but this proposition is rarely allowed outside of the UK.)

If you have a stake to work with and are looking to win big playing casino roulette, betting the inside is the best option. If you are looking to risk less money and increase your odds of playing a longer session, then outside bets are the best route. Either way, before sitting at the table you should be familiar with all of the payouts before placing a wager. Most casinos will offer a brief tutorial either via television or in person at prescheduled times for anyone interested in learning more.

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