Multiple games can be played at any casino, be that a Bitcoin online casino, or a land-based one, but Roulette has always deserved a special place in the pantheon of games. Ever since it appeared, and that was a lot of time ago, Roulette has always attracted a distinctive branch of players.
Bitcoin casinos usually offer more than one version of Roulette, usually both American and European/French Roulette, but depending on the featured game providers, the library can include more than few different Roulette games. Playing Roulette with Bitcoins is no different from playing at a land-based casino, and identical to playing it online with a standard currency. The gameplay, dynamics and the rules are exactly the same.
History and Basic Variants
The story of Roulette begins as early as the 17th century, when Blaise Pascal, a renowned philosopher and a mathematician developed a wheel very similar to the wheel used in Roulette. The word ‘Roulette’ itself means ‘little wheel’ in French. By the end of the 18th century Roulette was already a popular game and soon it made its way across the pond.
The most notable difference between European and American Roulette is the fact that the first features only one zero, whereas the second also includes a double zero. One curious fact is that the original wheel that was used in Europe, actually had two zeros, just like modern American Roulette, but the zeros were black and red, respectively, which meant that they were included in the odd and even and manqué and passe combinations.
In recent years, especially with the introduction of online Roulette, multiple new variants of the game have been introduced, in an attempt to spice things up and make the game more playable and more exciting.
At a Roulette game, be that a software online game played at a Bitcoin casino, or a standard land-based Roulette, you will notice two main elements, the table and the wheel (Roulette). The numbers that are on the wheel are also on the table, but there are other possible bets – combinations of multiple numbers grouped together based on their characteristics.
The Roulette features numbers from 0 (including 00 in American Roulette) up to 36, which sets the total number of individual numbers at 37 or 38. You can place a wager on an individual number and that pays 35 to 1. So, if you place a wager of 0.01 BTC on 7 and the balls lands on 7, you will receive 0.35 BTC. If you place your chip on the border between two numbers, than you have placed a wager on the two respective numbers and this pays 17 to 1.
It is also possible to place a bet on a line consisted of three numbers and the pay-out for this bet is 11 to 1. A bet can also be placed on the spot which separates four numbers and the bet on four numbers pays out 8 to 1. In addition, you can bet on two neighbouring 3-number lines and this bet pays 5 to 1. These bets are known as inside bets.
The outside bets are bets that are placed on a larger group of numbers. For example, you can bet on the first dozen of number 1-12, as well as the second or the third dozen. Moreover, it is also possible to bet on 12 numbers as they are organised by columns. These bets pay 2 to 1.The board can be divided into two equal parts (excluding the zero or zeros) in few various ways. High/low divides the board in half – 1 to 18 and 19 to 36, if you place a bet on red, it will cover all numbers that are red, and black will cover the black numbers. Finally, you can also bet on even or odd numbers. The pay-out for these bets is 1 to 1, as the bets cover almost half of the table.
In addition to inside and outside bets, European Roulette features another group of possible bets, known as called bets. These bets are based on the numbers’ position on the wheel, not on the table. There are fixed and variable called bets.
Neighbours of zero is the first called bet which covers a range of umbers that are positioned close to 0. The bet covers a total of 17 numbers and the pay-out varies depending on how close the number is to the zero and it can be 8 to 1, 11 to 1, 17 to 1 or 24 to 1 if you hit 0, to or 3.
A bet similar to this one is called zero game and this one covers only the numbers that are in the close proximity of the zero. Next we have the thirds (of the wheel), which is a bet that covers the opposite segment of the wheel, i.e. the numbers that are placed on the opposite of zero. This bet includes 12 numbers and the pay-out is flat, 17 to one.
We are left with 8 numbers that are neither part of neighbours of zero, nor the third of the wheel and these are known as the orphans. The pay-out for this bet is 35 to 1 if you the ball lands on 1 and 17 to 1 for all the other numbers.
House Edge and Strategies
The house edge differs depending on the variant of Roulette. The standard house edge for American Roulette is 5.26%, whereas European Roulette features a 2.70% house edge. The reason for the difference is the second zero. As you can see, European Roulette is significantly more favourable.
Moreover, European Roulette may feature special rules – La Partage and En Prison, which additional lower the house edge. The pay-out for each of the available bets matches the probability of that bet to win.
Some players like to try out progressive betting strategies, where the wagered amount is adjusted depending on the outcome of the last bet. The most common strategy is to increase the bet (double it) after a loss and it is known as Martingale. The bets are placed on outside bets, particularly ones that pay-out 1 to 1. However, this strategy carries a risk. Namely, there are no guarantees that you will manage to win before you run out of money. Therefore, you should think twice before employing a progressive strategy.