How to Play and Win at Online Roulette

Online roulette has been mesmerising players for many years as an internet based version of the popular game that was invented as far back as the 1700s. Its attraction lies in its simplicity, with absolute newbies able to start placing bets and winning in just a few short minutes. Whether you've played the game before and want to brush up on your knowledge, or you're totally new to the game, here you will learn everything you need to know about how to play online roulette, how to win and even some strategies you could try to spice up the action a bit! Let's get started...

How to Play Online Roulette

The game of online roulette is very closely related to the original real life version of the game, with online roulette games usually featuring a wheel and a table of some design.

Some versions of the game are very much like real life roulette in that there’s a real person as the dealer and the wheel and table are actually physically real, as is the case with live dealer roulette.

In many RNG based online roulette games, the wheel and table are computer generated and animated to look real. Sometimes the table is displayed to simulate a real roulette table whereas other times it’s a panel of bets instead. Some games may even have several wheels!

In all cases, there is a wheel and a table of some kind, so let’s see what each of these is for in more detail.

Roulette Inside Bets

Roulette Outside Bets

How to Win Roulette

Winning an online roulette bet is as simple as having placed a chip on a number and having that number subsequently emerge as the winning number. That’s what everyone wants, of course! But is there a way to guarantee those wins?

Sadly no. Roulette is a game of luck and it has been designed to be as unpredictable as possible, which means there really isn’t much you can do to swing those odds in your favour.

Having said that, some bets are more likely to win than others. For example, betting on a single number outright to come up gives you a 1 in 37 or 38 chance of winning, whereas betting on whether the winning number will be red or black, for example, carries a 1 in 2 chance (roughly) of coming up.

However, the payouts of these different bets reflect the odds, with a straight up bet paying more than a red or black bet.

So when thinking about how to win playing online roulette, you also need to take into account what you will win for each of the different bets, which is what we’ll look at next.

Online Roulette Strategies

While it’s true that the game of online roulette is mostly down to luck, and that there’s not much you can do to swing the odds in your favour, many players still find it fun and exciting to try different strategies.

The usual initial approach to online roulette betting is called flat betting, which generally involves placing a set amount of chips on one or more bets, then repeating that same action on a different bet or bets, with no regard to the previous bet or outcome.

In contrast, online roulette strategies involve adjusting your bet depending on how much you bet previously and what the outcome was. Positive betting progressions involve increasing your bet when you win, while negative betting progressions call for increased bets when you lose.

Here we’ll take a brief look at four negative and two positive betting progression strategies for playing online roulette, each of which applies to even money bets (that is, Red/Black, Odd/Even and High/Low).

Martingale

One of the most famous online roulette strategies, the Martingale strategy is a negative betting progression that involves doubling your bet when you lose and reverting to the original bet size when you win. So if your initial €2 bet loses, your next bet would be €4. If it wins, your next bet would be the original size bet of €2 again.

Grand Martingale

A slight twist on the Martingale strategy, here you double your bet when you lose, but you add one to it too. This system is slightly more attractive in that you’re not just recouping losses but also potentially profiting when you win.

Fibonacci

Based on the mathematical sequence of numbers, this negative progression strategy dictates that your bet size is the sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence. So your first bet would be the sum of the first two numbers in the sequence, which is 0 and 1 to give you 1. If that bet loses, you bet the sum of the next two numbers in the sequence, which would be 1 and 1 to give you 2, and so on. If you win, you drop the last two numbers in the sequence and add those to give you your next bet amount.

D’Alembert

The last of the four negative progressions we’ll look at here is the D’Alembert, which is a bit more manageable compared to the previous two. Here your bet increases by one when you lose and decreases by one when you win.

Reverse Martingale or Parlay

As the name suggests, this positive progression strategy involves the reverse of the Martingale so that you’re doubling your bet when you win and reverting to the original bet size when you lose. The idea here is to minimise losses and capitalise on wins.

Paroli

This positive progression plays on the idea that wins come in streaks. In this strategy, you bet the same amount until you win, at which point you double your bet and keep doing so until you’ve had three wins in a row. If you lose, you revert your bet to its original size.