Roullete is a casino game that features a spinning wheel and a betting table. It is among the least popular casino games in the United States, but it draws large crowds in Monte Carlo and other European gambling establishments. It is easy to learn, but it provides a surprising level of depth for serious betters.

The roulette wheel consists of a solid, slightly convex disk with a number of metal compartments or pockets, painted alternately red and black. Two green compartments, called ‘canoes’ by roulette croupiers, occupy the opposite corners of the wheel and carry the numbers 0 and 00. The remaining thirty-six compartments, painted nonconsecutively red and black, form the ‘pockets’ that are the game’s numbered squares.

The dealer spins the wheel and drops the ball into one of the numbered slots. When a bet wins, the winning chips are collected by the dealer and removed from the table. A player may choose to wager on multiple numbers, on groups of numbers (such as the second ‘dozen’) or on the color red or black. Players should set a budget before beginning play, and be aware of the minimum and maximum bets on each table. A player who wins more than he or she has wagered should cash out the chips as soon as possible, rather than dipping into his or her winnings for future bets.

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