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Roulette: Let's Get Physical!

Everyone knows what roulette looks like and the elements that make it up. Sometimes a player misses out or does not really care on the physical details of the roulette or the people operating the roulette wheel.

Roulette is set in a stretched table. On one end is the roulette wheel that has notch into the table where the croupier (dealer) has to stand. The elongated table has a felt layout cover that has boxes marked with the numbers 1 up to 36.

The numbers are arranged in twelve rows and three columns. On the end part of the covered layout that is closest to the croupier and are placed above the numbers 1 through 3, are the 0 and 00 boxes. All the numbers from 1 to 36 have a background which is either black or red or rectangle or oval. The background for 0 and 00 is green.

"Inside bets" are the wagers in the rectangular grid that consist of the box for the numbers 1 to 36 while "outside bets" are the boxes which are outside the boxed numbers that consists of 18 numbers. Usually, the outside bets are in the long side area of the table which is situated across the dealer. Also, at the end of the rectangle area which is away from the croupier is the 12-number column boxes for each bets.

The roulette wheel always has 38 slots. Each slot has the identical colored background like the equivalent number on the table. The ball is traditionally hard, small, and made of ivory. But now, the ball is commonly made of plastic. The croupier spins the wheel in one track while the ball is spin in an opposite track of a bowl-shaped recess which is holding the wheel.

Once the speed gets slow, the ball falls off the course on the way to the wheel and then it bounces on all sides of the wheel until it stops in the lucky numbered slot.

The chips played at the roulette table are not the regular chips of the casino. The player puts their money on the table layout and exchanges it for chips. The croupier then gives out the roulette chips.

A player owns a set of different colored chips so the croupier easily identifies to which player the chips belong. Since it is a house rule to avoid getting in an argument on to whom the chips belong, friends who are together and even couples don't share chips. A husband and wife that are playing in the same table have separate colored-chips.

The croupier will also ask then the player the designated denomination to the chips. Like in a table with $5 minimum bet, the player normally assigns each chip to be equal to a $1 value. The player can also assign the values $5 or $10 or any other value on his chip.

Once the player has decided the denomination of his chips, the croupier places a chip at the top of a rail that is close to the wheel, then he sets a marker at the top f it to specify the face value of the colored chip for that particular session.

Since there is a next player, who uses the same colored chips, may assign a different denomination, roulette chips are valueless if not used for roulette. Roulette chips are not accepted in the cashier's cage. Before the player leaves, he should return the unused roulette chips on the table and the croupier cashed them out equivalent to the regular amount of casino chips.

So, playing roulette is quite different in all other casino games. It forces a player to think and act on his own. Decide with himself what to do with the roulette chips he's holding and be entertained without missing companionship.