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I don't know what the person above me is talking about, but a roulette wheel has 36 numbers, plus a zero, and depending where your playing sometimes there is a double zero. 18 of the 36 actual numbers are red, the other 18 are black. zero and double zero are green. players may bet on many different things including:

Name of bet Payout}

Outside Bets:
Red .........1 to 1}
Black .........1 to 1}
First Twelve (1-12)......... 2 to 1}
Second Twelve (13-24) .........2 to 1}
Third Twelve(25-36)......... 2 to 1}
First Street (1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31,31) ......... 2 to 1}
2nd Street (2,5,8,11,14,17,20,23,26,29,32,35) ......... 2 to 1}
3rd Street (3,6,9,12,15,18,21,24,27,30,33,36) .........2 to 1}
1-18 .........1 to 1}
19-36......... 1 to 1}
Odd Numbers .........1 to 1}
Even Numbers .........1 to 1}

Inside Bets:
One Number......... 35 to 1}
A "split" which is 2 numbers. .........17 to 1}
Corner Bet - 4 numbers .........8 to 1}
6 Pack - 6 number bet .........5 to 1}
Trio - 3 number bet .........11 to 1}

After you place your bet the dealer spins a ball on the roulette wheel. If you hit what you bet you get paid, if you don't you lose your cash.
Example of one spin on a roulette wheel.

John Bet $30 on black, and $20 on 36.
Brandon bet $50 on 2nd twelve.
Steve bet 100$ on red.

Ball spins, hits 36 red.

John loses his black bet, but wins $720 from his 36 bet.
Brandon loses his bet of 2nd twelve.
Steve Wins $200 back from his bet on red. (Including his original $100 that he bet.)
by Cardy13 April 12, 2007
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A game in casino with absolute no scientific way to win consistently and for a long run. Doesn't matter how good your betting system is, as long as roulette has a zero, the Casino is getting at least 2.7% (or 1/37) of money bet by players.

Usually MUCH more because most players don't know anything about betting systems except doubling bets and skipping spins.
Most roulette players are flushing their money down the drain.
by BooooooB! July 23, 2008
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During your day, there are probably a half a dozen moments where you can't see, if only for a split second. Unlike binking, that's far too quick. Just that moment when you're taking off your shirt, or wiping your face with a towel. That brief instant where you're plunged into darkness. Everytime this occurs, you're playing roulette. A game. Unknown to you, of course. Everytime that happens there is something waiting, eagerly, to pull you into that darkness. That only happens if you lose. One day you might open your eyes to find that you aren't where you were before. There are unsolved missing persons cases every week. Those people? They lost.
You hear about that missing girl?

Heard she played roulette and lost.
by Ynitsed6969 March 13, 2011
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Casino game where a ball is thrown onto a spinning horizontal wheel. The wheel has numbers on it 1-32. The numbers are either black or red.

Punters can bet on either the ball landing in the space of a colour (Black or red- 50% chance) or a number (1-32, 3.125% chance). Obviously, returns for betting on a number are mcuh harder. After the process of doubling up had been founded, the wheel was changed to add a 00 number. Should the ball land here (3% chance) Then the house wins and everyone who placed loses their money.

See also Russian Roulette
Observing the houses' hand signals to the hot chick, gumba cleaned house at the crooked roulette table.
by Gumba Gumba April 12, 2004
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Roulette is a term created by the band System Of A Down for something which you both want and don't want.
"I, I know, how I feel when I'm around you, I, don't know, how I feel when I'm around you" Roulette - System of a down
by SoaDdict January 27, 2006
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