The wheel of roulette has long been the subject of many theories and myths regarding its design and structure. Many players have been wondering if the numbers on the roulette wheel were arranged in random or placed in a mathematical or scientific sequence. Some players even study the arrangement of the numbers on the wheel, hoping to discover the strategies and tactics that can make them a winner.
Unfortunately for many players, winning roulette is not a matter of skill, but of luck. The numbers on the wheel were strategically placed give almost equal odds of winning no matter where you place your bets. Fortunately, however, the randomness of the roulette wheel gives everyone an equal chance to win.
There are two versions of the roulette wheel; the American wheel and the European wheel. The European wheel is the original wheel of the roulette, with numbers from 0 to 36. The American wheel, on the other hand, is not much different from the European wheel except that it has a double zero (00) as well as a single one ( 0), which means that there are 38 numbers in total. Another difference between the two versions is the advantage of the house. American wheels have a slightly higher house edge of 5.26% than 2.70% of the European wheel.
The typical roulette wheel looks like a large bowl with sloped walls and several pockets or compartments. After the wheel stops spinning, the ball comes to rest on any of the pockets that range from 0 to 36 (with additional 00 in American wheels) and alternately colored in red and black (green for the zeros). If the ball lands in the pocket with the number or color you bet on, you win a prize depending on the kind of bet you placed.
The online roulette wheel found in online casinosIt’s no different from Las Vegas roulette wheels, with basically the same numbers and colors. However, instead of actually spinning a real wheel and landing the ball randomly in a pocket, it is the generator of the computer random number (RNG) that is determined where the ball comes to rest on the wheel in roulette line. The RNG used in these online roulette wheels works in much the same way as those used in slot machines. With each game, the random number generator software generates thousands of numbers to the second that are then processed to come up with the number where the ball comes to rest. So your chances of winning in online roulette is practically the same as in the casinos of Las Vegas.
Now that you have understood how the roulette wheel works and what your odds are of winning, you do not have to pay attention to all those so-called roulette strategies that promise to help you win big. The only real strategy in roulette is to keep your fingers crossed and wait for the ball to land in the pocket you have bet on.