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One of the most familiar of casino games, roulette is potentially one of the most fun since bets are based strictly by intuition, whim, habit and even superstition—and you can play dress up by wearing a tux or gown at the table. Roulette players can make several bets at once, even after the ball has been released, and there are multiple ways to win on any one spin.

The roulette wheel has 36 numbers plus a green zero and a green double zero. (Some Las Vegas casinos have included the European roulette layout with only one green zero.) Half of the 36 numbers are red and half are black. The winning number is determined when the pearl-like ball drops into a slot of the spinning roulette wheel. While the ball is spinning, a player may place bets. The options are to bet on single numbers, red and black numbers, odd and even numbers, or on groups of numbers clearly marked on the table as 1 to 18, 19 to 36 or numbers that are aligned on the layout of the table. The odds on roulette range from 35 to 1, to even money. If a player wins by betting on a single number, for example, the winner is paid $35 for every $1 wagered.

Some fans of the game swear that certain numbers come up more often than others, and place their bets accordingly. Other people just throw chips every which way, relying on sheer luck. Both methods are equally valid.

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