Roulette, French for 'little wheel', is the second most popular casino game depending on the country that you reside, which accounts for a quarter of all table game activity on average.
The game involves a table with a series of numbers and a wheel with the same corresponding numbers, along with a small white ball.
Bets are placed on the table numbers along with a number of other options, such as colour and number range among others, that the player tries to match with the location of the ball after it stops spinning.
In any game of roulette, there are ultimately two betting options; inside bets and outside bets.
Inside bets relate to wagering on individual numbers or groups of numbers, that correspond to the number pockets on the roulette wheel; where you think the ball will land.
When placing an inside bet, you can either pick a single number, two numbers or four numbers, by placing your chip accordingly across one, two or four numbers that are next to each other on the board.
Outside bets relate to all bets that are placed outside of the main number board, such as wagering on red/black, odd/even, third, row, first half or second half.
Each casino sets their own minimum and maximum wagering amounts per spin (total bet), per inside bet and per outside bet.
However, the overall payout odds in the event of a win are predetermined by probability as set out by the standard games rules.
Odds may vary slightly depending on the type of roulette game you are playing, such as; French, European, American or themed.
As with other casino games, roulette has a 'house edge', which is the advantage the casino has over the player and is represented as a percentage, such as 2.7%.
Ultimately the house edge is where the casino makes a profit if the game were to be played continuously on average.
The process of playing roulette is simple. You simply enter the table, select your stake amount (typically represented by coloured / numbered casino chips), place the chips on the table where you think the ball will land and sit back for the result.
The dealer or host, known as the croupier in roulette, will announce 'no more bets' as the betting round closes. He or she will then spin the wheel in one direction, whilst spinning the ball in the other direction.
As the ball and wheel lose momentum, the wheel will slow-down and will begin to come to a stop, at which point the ball rolls, bounces and drops in to one of the numbered pockets on the wheel.
When the ball lands, it is known as the result and the outcome of the game is that you win or lose based on the betting decision you have made.