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     Roulette is one of the oldest casino games dating back to the 1600’s. The Roulette wheel has 37 or 38 spaces. In most American casinos, the wheel has spots for numbers 1-36 plus 0 and 00. Most European wheels have numbers 1-36 plus 0. The single 0 offers better odds for the bettor.
     There are several different ways to place a bet on Roulette. A table extends from the Roulette wheel platform. Bets are placed on the felt of this table. A bet can be placed on any number including the 0 or 00. This offers the bettor 35-1 odds. Bettors are also allowed to split a bet between two numbers; this offers 17-1 odds. There are ways to bet on other number combinations. Many people prefer a more basic roulette approach and bet on red or black or even or odd. All of these bets pay even money.
      Once the bets are placed, the dealer spins the wheel. A ball spins around the wheel in the opposite direction. As the wheel slows down, the ball falls into a number pocket. The ball often times bounces into several pockets before finally landing. Don’t get too excited until the wheel stops!
     There are many different Roulette systems. A popular system encourages players to double their bet after each loss. This can be very costly if you go on a losing streak. Consider playing your lucky number; you could get lucky on Roulette too!


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