The word Roulette is derived from French and literally means little wheel. It is a casino game, albeit one with very bad odds. In fact, it is one of worst games that you can bet on in a casino. But, if you really want to take your chances, then there are a few points that you have to keep in mind, both when you play online and when you play offline.
Opt for a European wheel rather than an American wheel, if possible
Roulette wheels come in two forms: European and American. Your odds improve fairly sharply when you choose to play on a European wheel. You can distinguish between the two types in the following way: the American wheel has a “double zero” along with a “single zero”; the European wheel does not have a “double zero”. Therefore, there are 37 numbers on the European wheel and 38 on the American wheel, with the former giving you better odds.
Choose your bets wisely
It would rather daring and an unnecessary risk for you to bet on just a number. However, you can greatly increase your odds of winning if you bet on colour instead. For example, bet on red or black on every spin. While these “outside bets” usually pay only 1:1, it is a great way to start, especially if you are a beginner.
Another way to play the game is to place two bets on a spin. One of the bets you can place on a particular colour: either red or black. The other bet you can place on a column/row which offers slightly better payout (usually 2:1). Place equal amounts for both bets. Betting this way ensures that you will have covered 26 numbers out of 37 (or 38) whereas betting the previous way will have you covered for only 18 combinations.