game-play of roulette is rather uncomplicated, but one must be a bit familiar
with roulette rules before placing any sophisticated bets. In addition
to roulette rules, this page addresses proper etiquette around the table,
and gives a walkthrough so you know exactly what to do.
The first thing you should know is how the table minimum works. If you are playing at a table with a $5 minimum, you are required to place $5 on each of your outside bets, and/or a total of at least $5 on your inside bets (inside and outside bets are explained in a second). So if you play black/red, odd/even or high/low, you must place the table minimum for each and every bet. On the other hand, you could place 5 $1 bets on 5 completely different inside bets (specific numbers or combinations of numbers).
Before you get confused, standard North American roulette rules have the table use different
chips than other table games at the casino. Each player is assigned a
different color of chip, letting the dealer differentiate bets and match
them to the right players. These chips are worthless at the other tables
in the casino, so don't bother trying to stack them up under your blackjack
chips or anything silly like that. The roulette dealer will exchange your
game chips for regular chips when you are finished playing.
You usually have to give some indication to the dealer as to what value of chip denomination you want to be provided with. For a $5 minimum table, you will usually have a minimum value of $1 on roulette chips. Judge this based on your average bet and whether or not you like to split things up a lot. Again, so you don't get confused, when you get your roulette chips they will not be marked with a denomination, you choose it, and all of the chips will reflect that worth (the dealer keeps track of this by associating the amount and color with a 'lammer').
Roulette doesn't move at a quick pace, it's for a more relaxed crowd
than you're likely to find at the craps table. Roulette rules kind of
necessitate this sluggishness, as making all of the bets is what slows
things down. When you're at the point that you want to place your bet,
don't be concerned about someone else having already taken your bet, chips
can share bets thanks to the colors. Roulette rules give you lots of time
to set your bet, and can even keep doing so after the wheel has been spun,
just don't try it after the dealer waves his hands over the table (if
there are any new players the dealer will most likely say 'no more bets'
out-loud too). Once the ball has found its pocket, the dealer will call
out the winning number and place a clear marker on that number's spot
on the table layout. The dealer then sweeps the table clean and the winner
is paid. Wait until the dealer says 'place your bets' before putting any
chips down for the next spin.
To learn about each of the different bets that roulette rules encompass,
read our roulette betting page.