Roulette is played on a long table. At one end is the wheel, with a mark on the table for the dealer. The table is covered in plush with a number pattern for the numbers 1 to 26 arranged in three columns and 12 rows. At the end of the portion of the design closest to the dealer, above the numbers 1, 2 and 3, are the squares for 0 and 00. Each of the numbers from 1 to 36 is surrounded by a red or black rectangle or oval. The 0 and 00 have green backgrounds. This rectangular pattern with a square for each number is used for bets called “inside bets.”
Outside of the numbered boxes, there are other boxes for “outside bets” grouping up to 18 numbers at a time. Most of the outside betting areas are on the long side of the table in front of the dealer. However, at the end of the rectangle that is furthest from the dealer, are the squares for the bets on each column of 12 numbers.
Normal casino chips are generally not used at the roulette table. On the contrary, when the player places the money on the table, he asks for the chips and the dealer will give him some special roulette chips. Each player receives a set of different colored chips so that the dealer can know which chips belong to which player. Since the house does not want to get into a dispute over which tiles belonged to whom, couples and friends cannot share tiles. Even husbands and wives who play together have to play with separate colors. The dealer will also ask the player for the denomination to designate the chips. At a minimum $ 5 table, for example, the player can designate each chip to be $ 1 but has the option of marking them as $ 5, $ 10, or any other denomination. When the denomination is made, the dealer will place a chip on the rail near the wheel, then a marker on top to indicate the colored chip’s value for that session.
Since the next player to use the same color chips can designate a different value, the roulette chips only have value at the roulette table. They do not accept them at the ATM. When you are ready to leave the table, place all the remaining chips, and ask the dealer to exchange them for you. The dealer will give you the equivalent amount of normal casino chips.
Since roulette is at heart a game of luck and players have no way of controlling each spin’s outcome, you will have to go with the best available odds. That is why the roulette strategy focuses on betting.