The rules of online roulette are very similar to those inside of a standard brick and mortar casino. The big exception is that none of the table etiquette applies because you have the ability to play in the comfort of your own home. There is no way for you to place a chip incorrectly on the table and you are forced to abide by the rules of the roulette table because there is no other option.
Playing Online Roulette
The rules are simple. You will need to determine how much you want to bet per click. This means how much you are putting on the table in terms of chip value. There is a minimum and maximum bet amount for the inside and the outside.
It is important to understand the difference between an inside and outside bet to ensure that you are following the rules of the table.
The outside bets are all of those that do not contain individual numbers – the red and black numbers from 1 through 36 and the two zeros (one if playing European) are not included in the outside bet. This means that the columns, the first 12, second 12, third 12, odd, even, red, black, first 18 and 19 through 36 are all considered outside bets. They pay 1:1 or 2:1 depending on where the chip is placed.
Inside bets are all of the numbers 1 through 36 and the zeros. There are various ways to play these numbers and the chips can be slid around the table to cover the desired odds. If you place a single chip on a single number, you have 35:1 odds. If you place it on two numbers that are side by side, then you have 17:1 odds. This continues as a chip covers more numbers within a single bet.
Once you have placed the chips that you want down on the board, you will press ‘Spin.’ From there, you cannot place any more bets. The online casino will not allow you to make further bets once you spin the wheel. In a real casino, the dealer would wave his hand across the board and potentially say “no more bets” once the ball starts to slow down around the wheel.
When the wheel stops and the number is revealed, a marker goes down on the board to show where it landed. You are then automatically paid for any winning bets that you made. From there, all losing bets are removed from the table.
In a standard casino, the rules are that you cannot touch the board again until the marker is removed. Online, however, you can begin placing your new bets immediately. You also have the opportunity to place the same bets by clicking on the ‘repeat’ button.
The Difference Between American and European Roulette
Many people don’t know what the difference is between American and European roulette and therefore play either one or the other. The rules of the game don’t change. The only thing that does change is the wheel and the board where bets are made. The American wheel has two zeros – a single and a double. The European wheel has only one zero. This means that there is a slight house edge with American roulette, but the same amount of fun can be had on each.
If you are looking to play both of the wheels, it’s important to find a casino that offers both within the selection of games.
You won’t need to study up on the rules of online roulette before sitting down to play. Whether you use real money or you are in practice mode to play for free, you will choose the value amount of your chips, place them on the board, and then spin. There is a help feature if you need it, otherwise you can play the game at a pace that works well for you.
The benefit to playing roulette online is that there are less rules to focus on. When you go to a casino in Monte Carlo, Las Vegas or anywhere else, you need to know table etiquette as well as the rules of the table, such as when you can and cannot place bets and touch the chips that are on the board. With an online casino, you get the prompts on the screen and you are only allowed to take certain actions during the game, ensuring that you follow the rules the entire time.