Don’t Just Play Roulette: Win
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Don’t Just Play Roulette: Win

rouletteOk, yes. Roulette is a game of chance. But you can’t win if you don’t know how to play, right? This blog explains how to play this popular casino game. But first, five fun facts about Lady Luck’s favorite game:

1)      Roulette, or at least the closest resemblance to the game Roulette, was first recorded in 17th century France. Early traces of this game have also been linked to England and Italy.

2)      There are currently two types of Roulette-style tables: French and American. We at The Peppermill offer American-style Roulette, meaning we play with 38 number slots, a zero (0) and a double zero (00). The French-style plays with 37 number slots and one lone zero (0).

3)      The name “roulette” means “little wheel”’ in French. Fitting, right?

4)      Roulette is often called the “King of Casino Games” on account of its strong connections to Monte Carlo.

5)      Of all the casino table games, Roulette is the only one where a mathematical system cannot be attempted or structured in order to win. Please be so kind as to refer to the beginning bit about “Lady Luck” and chance.

Now on to the big How To:

Roulette has often been described as the easiest table game to pick up, so luck is already with you (in that it should be a quick game to learn, of course).

To start you on your adventure around the Roulette wheel, you must first purchase specially colored roulette chips from the dealer when sitting down to play. These colored chips help both the dealer and yourself distinguish each players individual bets. These festive chips are good for the Roulette table only and must be cashed in with the Roulette dealer when you finish playing. You will then be given regular casino chips to continue playing with, or cash out at the casino cage.

At its core, the object of Roulette is to pick which number that little white ball will land on around the Roulette wheel. You can also choose the color (red or black) the ball will land on, bet combinations of numbers, or (bet?) whether the ball will land on an odd or even number. Roulette is interesting in that it functions to fit how you, the player, want it to, and can be bet on in a number of different ways. In fact, there are so many ways to bet, we have included a list of bet types here.

The dealer will give all players time to make their bets, and only after a lull has set in around the table will the dealer then spin the ball. As the ball is about to drop, the dealer calls out, “no more bets,” and passes his or her hand over the table.  Wherever the ball lands, the dealer will mark the number, clear the table of losing bets and pay winning bet.  After the dealer finishes paying, that round is over.

That’s it! May the odds be with you, luck be on your side and the mighty Table Game King look down on you favorably. Too dramatic? Enthusiastic? I think not.


Photo:, 2016