American Roulette: Play the American Way

The game of Roulette traces its beginnings as far back as 16th century Europe and has since circulated the globe as one of the most foremost gambling games played in casinos everywhere. Upon reaching the shores of the United States, a newer form of American Roulette took shape, played with its own unique sets of rules and strategies.

Although its name was taken from the French word for "small wheel," the game has commonly been believed to have originated from England back in the 1700's. The standard roulette table layout still in use today was designed by the brothers Louis and Francois Blanc, operators of the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino.

The American Roulette, also known as the Double-Zero Roulette, uses a wheel with 38 slots, numbered 1 to 36, 00 (double zero) and 0 (zero). A small ball is spun on the wheel and will rest on one of the numbered slots once the wheel stops spinning. The goal of the American Roulette player is to predict on which of the 38 numbered slots the ball will most likely stop on.

There are many ways a player can place their bet in American Roulette. One can make different distributions of bets, and each bet covers a different set of numbers. The player can opt to bet on a specific number, a certain combination of numbers, a black or red slot, or on an even or odd number. A player can even place a bet involving three up to five numbers.

The types of bets that can be made in American Roulette include the Column Bet, the Corner Bet, the Dozen Bet, the Even or Odd Bet, the Five Bet, the Line Bet, the Low and High Bet, the Split Bet, the Straight Up, and the Split Bet.

The Martingale is one of the easiest and most frequently-used strategies in American Roulette. It works under the principle that losing streaks don't last long, especially when betting on one of two chance options like odd or even or red or black. By applying this strategy to the game, a player wins by doubling the bet every time he doesn't get the winning prediction. For instance, one bets 5 dollars on a black when a red comes up; they end up losing five dollars. They then bet 10 dollars on a black and again it turns red, and they end up losing 15 dollars. Going by the Martingale theory, betting 20 dollars on the next spin and winning nets a five dollar profit despite the first two losing spins.

An offshoot of the Martingale theory used in American Roulette is the so-called Uber Martingale or Grand Martingale. Its main difference with the original version of the theory is that the player bets twice the amount of the original bet and adds another on top of it. For example, after initially losing 10 dollars, the next bet is doubled then added with another 10, making a total bet of 30 dollars and increasing the profit margin when the bet wins.

And then there are other American Roulette strategies that are more personal (bordering on the superstitious) in nature, such as betting on their favorite numbers, birthdays, anniversaries, and so on. It doesn't hurt to rely on gut feeling when making a bet.

No mere knock-off or second-rate brand, American Roulette offers a different and fresh perspective on the same old casino mainstay that remains one of the most emblematic gambling games today. For the millions of roulette players the world over, this variety serves to spice up their gambling life.

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