How To Play Online Roulette By Lola Smith The word Roulette is a French word for "little wheel". Gamblers know the word Roulette to mean a fast and action packed game where the odds for winning lies in picking a number on the Roulette wheel and hope the ball lands on that exact number. That is the goal of any Roulette game and the very basic and simple rule of the game. Learning to play Roulette online is just as easy, if not easier, to do while at an online casino. The pressure of placing bets and choosing numbers in front of a crowd of people is not present when playing at home. The Roulette wheel has sections that are colored red and black. There are numbers placed in each section from 1 through 36 with the number 1 starting off in a red section. There is a zero section and at times you may find 2 zero sections on a wheel with one of them being a double zero section. This is the difference between American and European Roulette. European Roulette will only have one zero section on the wheel. There is an advantage to European Roulette because of this fact so more players tend to play European Roulette. The color of the zero section is green. There is an outer color to the Roulette wheel so addition wagers can be made. As the Roulette wheel is spinning a ball is dropped into it and when the wheel comes to a stop, the number the balls lands on decides whether that is a winner or a loser. You can place a few different kinds of bets in Roulette. The basic bets to place are the "Inside" and the "Outside" bets. They are named this way because of the way the bets are placed according to the Roulette design. If you place a wager on the "inside" or inner part of the wheel, you are only betting on the number you choose. "Outside' bets are placed on the outer part of the wheel and the color the ball lands on is part of the winning or losing factor. The following are some other bet examples: Straight Bet - A bet on a single number, Split Bet - A bet on 2 adjacent numbers, Street Bet - A bet on 3 numbers on a horizontal line, Corner Bet - A bet on a block of 4 numbers. There are many more bets that can be places so be sure to familiarize yourself before actually wagering at an online casino. European Roulette has a rule called "En Prison". The player can choose to give up half of their outside bet or have it stay for the next game. With the rule, European Roulette produces better odds against the house and with the single zero compartment, drops the house edge dramatically over American Roulette. Find yourself an online casino that offers American and European Roulette so you can get the feel for both games. Many online casinos have a play for fun mode where you can try out the games without using real money. This is a great way to practice using the buttons in the game and for placing winning wagers.