Roulette is one of the most popular casino games of all time, and certainly the most iconic. Once you see the big wheel spin, you are immediately transported to the casino. That's true even if you are playing online roulette. Unlike other casino games, online roulette is just as exciting online as it is at the roulette table. In each case, you have the spinning wheel and the luck it brings with it.
Roulette is also unique in the casino in that you choose how much luck you think you need. You can determine the odds you want to face with the way you place your bets. You can choose to cover half the wheel if you like, making the odds of a win high. Or you can choose one number, and your odds of winnings go down. Of course, online roulette pays out with the odds, so hitting a single number would bring an impressive payout.
Like most of the all-time casino classics, roulette is easy to learn. What takes practice is the betting. It takes some trial and error to find the sweet spot where you cover enough numbers to feel the anticipation of victory and where the win still pays enough to warrant the risk. Of course, that sweet spot can change depending on how much luck you feel is swirling around you.
The game consists of a wheel with 37 pockets numbered 0 to 36. Some roulette wheels also have a 00 pocket. You start by choosing numbers to cover in a bet. The wheel goes around, and if the ball lands in the pocket you chose, you win.
As simple as it is, it's just about all excitement. The wheel takes time to stop, and the tension grows as it slows until finally the number is revealed. The level of anticipation in roulette is higher than virtually any other game.
Because of the betting system, roulette is a game that is all luck but still requires a certain amount of skill with the bets. It makes sense to start slowly rather than jumping off the deep end right away. Choosing just one number on a wheel with 37 pockets is playing well against the odds. Start out on the other end of the spectrum. Choose a number cluster - where the numbers that are consecutive on the wheel - or a pattern such as all odd number or all even numbers.
Once you have tasted some level of success with the game, it makes sense to increase the challenge level. That means choosing fewer numbers or less of a cluster. The best guide is your inner sense of enjoyment. When the tension feels right, you probably found the sweet spot.