Roulette has gained widespread popularity for its simplicity. This perhaps is the very characteristic that ranked it amongst the most popular gambling sports. This also gave the game its fast-paced gameplay and its huge player base composed of gambling enthusiasts who have understood how the game is played as soon as they’ve placed their first bets.
Roulette owes its simplicity to no other than the table that made the entire game itself possible. The roulette table, where many have won and lost countless amounts of cash, is a fairly uncomplicated piece of gambling hardware. It is composed of two main parts. The first is the wheel wherein the winning bet is decided. The second major component is the roulette board, a wide layout of betting spaces that we will be talking about in the next few paragraphs.
A Quick Overview of the Roulette Betting Board
Now what is a roulette betting board? Typically, the board is the part of the table on which a felt cloth, usually green, is laid out. On the cloth is a well-ordered grid labeled with numbers and text. These labels indicate what types of bets can be placed on the certain space. Each numbered space meanwhile corresponds to the same number that can be found in the wheel.
Two Divisions of the Betting Board: Inside and Outside Bets
The roulette board can be divided into two main parts based on the two primary betting categories represented in the grid. These are the outside bets and inside bets. Let’s begin with the inside bets.
Simply put, inside bets refer to the green 0 and all the red and black numbers 1 to 36. American roulette slightly deviates from this set-up by adding a green double zero or 00. Inside bets are called as such due to the way they are placed in the board’s betting layout. These numbers are typically at the center of the table, surrounded by the dealer, the wheel, and the appropriately named outside bets. French roulette takes inside bets to a more literal level by surrounding them with outside wagers.
Now outside bets refer to betting spaces that are closest to the players. Bets placed on these spaces cover a certain amount of numbers in the table excluding whatever zero slot is present. There are only a handful of these bets, which we can easily enumerate: red, black, odd, even, low numbers or 1-18, high numbers or 19-36, dozens, and columns. In both American and European roulette, these betting spaces are placed on the two sides of the table closest to the players while in French roulette, outside bets surround the inside wagers on three sides. In any case, they are always closest to the gamblers seated around the table.
In theory, roulette can still be played without a betting board. However, such a game can be very, very complicated without a betting layout to keep track of your bets. Thus, the roulette board truly is an essential component, as it contributes greatly to the simplicity that makes roulette the highly enjoyable game it is now.