This game takes its name from the French language, meaning "little wheel" - a fitting title, seeing as the objective is to determine where on the roulette wheel the ball will end up. There's nothing little about the excitement of the game, however, as its evolution has resulted in a range of betting options, variations, and play styles that are available both in-casino and on online platforms.

At its most basic, and in most forms, the roulette wheel has numbers ranging from 0-36, and colored markings that alternate between red and black from number to number. As with most casino games, though, there are a few complexities you'll discover once you start playing.

The first thing you might notice is the order of the numbers. Instead of going in order from 0-36, the numbers are sequenced to limit bias, and alternate in such a way the no more than two even or odd numbers are next to one another (on a European wheel, at least). This brings up another small detail, the difference between European and American style wheels. American style wheels add one more number, "00" which increases the house's advantage and adds a layer of challenge to placing bets.

How do you play? The roulette dealer will spin the wheel, and players will have an opportunity to place their bets. You might bet on the exact number pocket the ball will land in. You might choose a small range of pockets. You might even choose an "outside bet," such as a larger grouping of pockets, the color of the pocket the ball will land in, or whether the winning number is even or odd. The payout of a bet is determined by the probability that it will occur. Less probable bets equal higher payouts, while more probable bets result in lower payouts.

Roulette offers a wide range of choice, and, because of this, is usually considered a slower (but no less enjoyable) form of gambling. Though there are some strategists who employ various betting systems designed to increase their odds of winnings, you should know that in the end, roulette is mostly about chance and the thrill of the game.

Among the online casinos that offer roulette in their lineup, you'll find a good number of choices, ranging from classic European and American Roulette to 3-Wheel Roulette to Bonus Spin Roulette and several others. Be sure to review the specific rules that apply to each, and try out a few before you commit yourself to playing for real. Like the slots, many online casinos will allow you to play the slots in "demo mode" before you take the plunge into wagering real money.

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