4 Tips for Roulette Newbies

If you’re a newbie, and are wondering how to play roulette better so that you can win more money, then the following tips will help you out.

So what is roulette? It is also known as “French Roulette”. This game of chance is played in any casino where slot machines are involved. The main difference between it and other casino games like craps or blackjack is that there are 36 numbers on the wheel (rather than 3 or 4), which makes it a lot more exciting. Here is an example of a roulette wheel:

The red colored area is called the “zero” because it has no number – this is where all bets are placed and all your money comes from. You place your bet by placing chips on any of the numbered pockets around the zero position. Once the ball lands on a pocket, it bounces back and forth until it stops at one of the numbered pockets. If the ball lands on a 0, 00 or double zero, then you lose all your money, whereas if the ball lands on a single digit or even number, then you get to keep your money.


You can have up to 6 different types of bets on a single roulette table, but most people only use 2-3 types of bets. These bets include the basic straight up, odds and evens, and the American, European and French styles of betting. In fact, the most popular bet is probably the American style of betting, followed by straight up.

To give you a little background information about these bets, here’s a quick explanation:

Straight Up

In this type of bet, you put your money down on just one number. For instance, if you want to bet on 7, then you would place your money on 7, regardless of whether it turns out to be a winner or not.


Odds & Evens

These two types of bets have very similar names, since they both involve taking advantage of the fact that some numbers turn up more often than others. Odds bet involves placing your money on a number whose ratio is greater than 1/1 while evens bet involves choosing a number whose ratio is less than 1/1. For instance, if you bet on the number 27, then you are playing the odds bet because the ratio 27/36 is greater than 1/1. On the other hand, if you choose the number 8, then you are playing the evens bet, since the ratio 8/36 is less than 1/1.

American Style

This kind of bet is popular among gamblers who don’t want to risk losing their entire bankroll within a short amount of time. To make a successful American style bet, you need to pick a combination of odd and even numbers. For instance, to make a winning American style bet, you would place your money on one number that is either an odd or even number, such as 11. However, if you were to place your money on an odd number, say 15, then you would lose everything, since 15+15=30, which is an even number. A perfect American style bet would have both an odd AND an even number. This means that you would bet on 13, and you would have a 50% chance of winning with each spin.


European Style

The European style is much easier to understand, since all you have to do is figure out which side of the wheel the number is located on, and bet accordingly. So, if the ball lands on a 9, then you would place your money on 9, since a 9 is on the left half of the wheel. A great strategy to follow in order to increase your chances of winning is to place your money on the right side of the wheel when you think the ball may land on a higher number. That way, you can reduce your risk substantially, because the chances of the ball landing on a lower number would be less than if you placed your money on the left side of the wheel.

French Style

It is important to note that French style betting is actually a variation of the European style, since both require you to find out whether the ball landed on even or odd numbers. The biggest difference between them is that French style players only bet on odd numbers, while European style players only bet on even numbers. Therefore, you might find yourself asking “which is the best bet for me?” Well, the answer depends on your preference. Most casinos will have both options available at each roulette table, so you can choose whichever one suits your fancy.


Now that we’ve covered the basics of gambling, let’s take a look at how to play roulette better.

  • First, you should avoid placing too many chips per spin. It is okay to bet more than $10 per spin, but try to limit yourself to about 5-6 times the amount you have on your account. By doing this, you won’t end up losing more money than you have.
  • Next, pay attention to the ball. When you notice that it is bouncing rapidly, stop placing chips and start watching the ball closely. At first, you may find it hard to tell which numbers are winning numbers, but after a few spins, the ball will begin moving slower, allowing you to spot winners more easily. Also, keep track of the ball’s speed; the faster it moves, the more likely you are to win.
  • When the ball starts slowing down, it usually means that the next number will be a loser. If you see this happening, stop placing chips and move on to another number.
  • Finally, you should always watch the last 2 or 3 numbers before the ball reaches zero. The reason why is that sometimes the last few numbers win, even though the ball is still moving toward zero.

By using these simple tips, you will increase your chances of winning significantly. Good luck!