# How to Play Russian Roulette (1)

Russian Roulette. This is one of the easiest to understand and fun games to play. It is different from the familiar medium of playing cards or dice. It is a game played with a “round wheel”. We can often see it in movies with a gaming theme.

It originated in France in the 17th century and has continued to be passed down for a long time. It is divided into European and American gameplay, which are slightly different.

• 1. Know the equipment.

In French, roulette means “little wheel.” There are 36 numbers and a 0 on this wheel. On some American tables, there is a “00.” A croupier sends a small white ball spinning that will eventually land on one of the numbers. Bets are placed on the table, correlating with the slots the ball can possibly land in.

• 2. Roulette Basic Rules

Put simply, roulette is a betting game where the main action focuses on the numbered roulette wheel. Four basic roulette rules control the game action:

Players can begin making bets before the roulette ball is in play.
The wheel spins and the dealer launches the ball. Players continue placing bets while the ball is in play and circling around the spinning wheel.
With the wheel still spinning and the ball still in motion, the dealer calls out: “No more bets.” That’s the moment when no further bets are accepted.
The roulette ball will finally drop into one numbered slot on the wheel. Players who bet on the correct number, predicted the colour of the slot or the correct sector of the wheel, are all winners. Their reward will depend on the agreed betting odds.

• 3. Roulette Wheel and Table

A roulette wheel has a separate track around which the white roulette ball travels while in play. Eventually, this ball will land in a slot within the numbered section of the wheel.

Roulette wheel numbers run from 0 to 36, but notice that red and black colours are used to create different sectors. With the numbers 1 to 10 and 19 to 26, all the odd numbers are coloured red and all the even numbers are coloured black.

This colour scheme reverses for the numbers 11 to 18 and 29 to 36: Here, it’s the odd numbers which are black, while the even numbers are red. So what about the zero? Thankfully, ever since the 1800s, the zero slot on the wheel has been coloured green.

The roulette betting table uses the same numbers as the wheel, except now they are laid out flat. Notice too that the table repeats the same black/red colour scheme as found on the roulette wheel. And yes, the zero slot is once again coloured green.

One important point is that American and European roulette are two different versions of the game. European roulette is as described above, but American roulette equipment adds an extra zero slot to the wheel, and the table. That gives two green slots, numbered 0 and 00.

If you think about it, while European roulette has 37 slots altogether (1-36, plus 0), American roulette has 38 slots. That’s because American roulette adds an extra 00 slot.

## So far so good?

We think you might need to digest those information. In the next article we will go into more detail. If you would like to know how to bet and how to win the game, do not miss it!