Roulette is a game that brings glamour, mystery and excitement to casino-goers around the world. Despite its relatively simple rules, the game provides a surprising depth of strategy for serious players and offers the potential for high payouts.
The game is played on a circular wheel divided into 36 equal sections, alternately colored red and black. There is also a single green division numbered 0. The wheel is spun in one direction and a small ball rolls around the wheel, dropping into one of the compartments when the wheel comes to rest.
Before the game became popular in Europe, a number of ancient civilizations had played similar games. The ancient Chinese may have played a version of the game, and it was later transmitted to France by Dominican monks. The French adapted the game and introduced it to Europe, where it quickly became the most popular gambling game.
If you’re new to the game, it’s a good idea to play for low stakes until you get your feet wet. Most tables will feature a placard that describes the minimum and maximum bets allowed, as well as any special rules. Choose a table that fits within your budget, and don’t be tempted to bet more than you can afford to lose.
As a general rule, it’s best to bet on outside bets (red/black, odd/even, columns). These bets offer higher payouts than inside bets, but the house edge is slightly greater. The exception to this rule is when you’re playing European roulette, which has a single zero and thus a lower house edge.
Once the ball drops, the dealer clears all losing bets from the table and pays the winners. Then, if you’re still in the game, continue betting with your predetermined budget. Remember, however, that you should never dip into your winnings to place future bets.
After the success of their Deadwood bourbon, Wild Turkey has followed suit with another American made whiskey, this time a rye called Roullete. It has a fairly simple mash bill of 95% rye and 5% barley, which is then aged for four years. It’s bottled at 100 proof and sells for about $27-29 per 750ml bottle. The whiskey is currently available in select markets, but the brand is expanding rapidly as it seeks to compete with the likes of Old Overholt and Rittenhouse for the top shelf of rye whiskies.