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Roulette goes back to ancient Greece when the soldiers would spin their shields on the points of their swords, and then bet on where they would stop. In Roman times, Caesar played on a chariot wheel that he had installed in the gaming room of his palace. The game as we know it today is of French origin and has been played in Europe for over 200 years. Variations of this game can be found in virtually every casino in the world.
Roulette is one of the simplest, but also one of the most exciting of all casino games of chance.
The Roulette wheel has 36 numbers from 1 to 36 plus 0 and 00. The numbers are alternately colored red and black. The 0 and 00 are colored green. The Roulette layout on the table is numbered and colored the same as the wheel. The winning wager is decided by random selection of one number out of the possible 38. The selection is produced by spinning a ball in a clockwise direction to the wheel rotating in a counter-clockwise direction. After the ball comes to rest in the numbered pocket on the wheel, the dealer marks the winning number on the layout. As soon as the losing bets are removed, all winning bets are paid.
You play with your own distinctly colored chips THAT ARE GOOD ONLY AT THE TABLE WHERE THEY WERE ISSUED. Chips must be purchased in stacks of 20. The amount of money paid for the stack determines the value of each individual chip (i.e., $10=$.50 chips, $20=$1.00 chips). These chips must be cashed-in before you leave the game. You may also play with the CASINO CHIPS.
Play begins when you place your bets by putting your chips on the numbered layout. The exact placement of the chips determines the bet being made. Each player is responsible for the correct positioning of his wager on the layout. Bets may be placed until the ball is ready to leave the track and the dealer signals no more bets. To understand how bets are placed and their pay-offs, refer to the accompanying diagram.