Roullete (pronounced roo-lay-te) is an exciting casino game in which you place bets against the house. A croupier spins a wheel of 37 compartments, painted alternately red and black and numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36. A green compartment on American wheels carries the number 0. Thirty-six of these pockets, also called “canoes” by roulette croupiers, are marked with their value on the table. A bet on number 1 costs 17 chips and pays 392 chips if it wins. The rest of the chips on that number remain on the table and are available for future decisions.
Players make bets by placing chips on the roulette table in various combinations: a single number, groupings of numbers, colors (red and black), odd or even, high (19-36) or low (1-18). The croupier then throws a small ball into the spinning wheel and the winners are awarded according to their bet odds.
Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in Europe and draws big crowds at Monte Carlo. However, it has one of the smallest followings in America, and is overshadowed by games such as slot machines, video poker, blackjack, and craps. Nevertheless, roulette still attracts some low-budget players who prefer it to the more expensive games such as baccarat.