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Basic Rules of Playing Roulette Online

Roulette is a hugely popular game, and yet its often overshadowed by the showier games online. People talk about poker, slots or sports betting – usually forgetting about the humble fun of roulette.


What is it about roulette that is so much fun? There’s the pure chance of it – the ability to go as specific or vague as you’d like. There’s that little moment as the ball is finding its spot that most other games just don’t offer. It’s exciting whether you’re playing online or in person.

But there are a few simple rules to follow if you want to get the most out of the experience. Luckily, they’ll only help you to start winning.

Know Your Casino

Like with every other online game, you should know the casino you’re playing at. That might mean spending ten minutes reading reviews before you start to think about putting in your credit card details, or it might mean letting others do the job for you. There are plenty of websites – such as – that can give you tips and advice on the best place to play online roulette.

Once you know what you’re doing, you can feel more confident that you’re getting what you want to get out of your gambling experience.

Check for Bonuses

Like with any online gambling game, you should always check what bonuses are available to you before joining up. You’ll be able to make your money stretch far more if you use a website like to help you find the very best bonuses. These can range from additional money to better odds, so make sure you read what you’ll get. Oh, and double-check the fine print too.

Never double bet

Double betting might sound like the perfect way of making your gambling more efficient, but really all it does is make your losses more efficient. You can’t cancel out your losses – it’s a mathematical impossibility. So don’t spend time trying to work out how to bet in such a way that you’ll never lose. It’s just not going to work.

Instead, bet what you can afford in a way that’s fun to you. If the fun stops, stop playing.

Don’t Rely On Your Favourite Number

Want to just bet on your kid’s birthday? Or on the date of your anniversary?

This is fine once in a while, but make sure you’re not repeating that number too often. There’s nothing to say those numbers are more likely than anything else, and you limit yourself by picking the same number over and over.

The Wheel is Random – There’s No Such Thing as a Streak

Don’t start to believe in winning or losing streaks. There’s no such thing. It’s easy to start thinking you’re invincible, or that you’re having an off day, but this just isn’t true. It’s completely random.

That might be good news or bad news, depending how you look at it. There’s no guardian angel egging you on. There’s just pure chance. If you’re winning, walk away while you’re up. If you’re losing, don’t bet more than you’ve budgeted for and walk away if it stops being fun.

If you follow that rule, you’ll never lose too much and you’ll never squander your winnings.


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blank Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He's written two books and a web series, and doesn't have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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