What is Rouletto?
Rouletto is the Irish term for standard European roulette, a well-known casino game derived from the French for ‘little wheel’. Put simply, players decide to put bets on one or more different numbers, the colours black or red, or whether the winning number will be even or odd, by placing chips on a labelled grid (the roulette board). A croupier (or dealer) sends the roulette wheel spinning in one direction, then runs a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track which runs around the edge of the roulette wheel. Eventually, the ball loses momentum and settles into one of the 37 (in European roulette) or 38 (in American roulette) numbered and coloured slots on the track, determining the winning characteristics.
Roulette players have a wide range of bets they can play and the odds of winning each type are based on their probability. An ‘inside bet‘ is where a player places chips on one or more of the numbers that make up the inner section of the grid, making wagers on the exact number of the slot the ball will fall into. ‘Outside bets’ involve the larger areas around the board that enable players to bet on larger groupings of slots, the colour of the winning slot and whether the number is even or odd.
Depending on the house (the casino or betting room), each table will have maximum and minimum bets. The croupier will announce when no more bets can be placed on the board as the ball is spinning around the wheel. Once the wheel has determined the winning number and colour, the croupier will place a ‘dolly’ (a marker) on the corresponding number on the betting table indicating that, while it is in place, no players can collect bets, place bets or move any bets on the table. The croupier then moves away all other losing bets by hand or using a rake and calculates the payouts to the remaining inside and outside winning bets. The dolly is taken off the board once all payouts have been made.
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