Roulette is one of the most popular games at most casinos and since it was first developed for the virtual world, it has proved to be just as popular. Most online gambling portals that offer roulette tend to have both American Roulette and European Roulette available. The betting tables and roulette wheels are basically the same apart from one has an extra set of green zeros so the odds are lightly different.

This game is about pure luck, because each result is just as random as the last one. There are no fool-proof systems that will give you an edge over the house, but there are ways that you can bet sensibly in order to stay on the table longer and make your funds stretch a lot further and therefore in the long run, hopefully cash in.

The odds for the various different bets on most roulette tables range from as little as 1:1 (for placing a bet on Red/Black, Odd/Even or on numbers 1-18 or 19-36) up to 2:1 (column/dozen), 5:1 for a Line Bet, 8:1 for a Corner Bet, 11:1 for a Street Bet, 17:1 for a Split Bet and 35:1 for a Straight Up Bet. These odds may vary slightly depending on where you are playing, but most casinos should have these odds.  

For bets with odds of 2:1 or less, the minimum bet is usually $1.00 (or similar currency value) and for anything higher, players can usually start betting from as little as $0.10, although there must still be a minimum of $1.00 on the table.

Before a game starts, you will get to put your chips on the betting table, based on where you think the roulette ball will land after it has been spun around the roulette wheel. You have to try and guess the outcome. After placing your bets, hit spin and then hope that the ball lands in a slot that you have your money on. This is where it is crucial to learn about the odds.

It would be pointless to keep putting all of your money on one single number (Straight Up bet). Try to spread your chips around to give yourself more of a winning chance. This game can be played at most online casinos for fun in the free play demo mode, so to familiarise yourself with the betting table and the odds, this mode is definitely recommended until you get the hang of it.