Roulette - Betting the Double Zero
by Jason Green of Predictem.com
One of the reasons that Roulette is such a fun and exciting casino game to play is that there are many bets that you can make. There are single bets and combination bets and everything in between, as every spin of the Roulette wheel is loaded with action. One of the Roulette bets that you can make is the double zero (00), which is green in color and located at the top of the individual numbers on the betting table. A double zero is found in the American version of Roulette, as in the European version there is only the single zero, but not the double zero.
The double zero, as well as the single zero, is what give the house the edge. The double zero bet has a payout of 35 to 1. If you spread you bet between the single zero and the double zero and either hits, the payout is 18 to 1. There is also the Special Line Bet and that is a bet on the first 5 numbers, which are 00,0,1,2 and 3. The payout for the special line bet is 6:1. There are many bets on the table, such as the Red and Black, Odd and Even, and 1-18 and 19-26. Many people think that these types of bets have 50% chance of hitting, as there are 36 numbers, 18 red and black, and 18 odd and even. However, this is not the case, as the single zero and double zero make it less than 50%, hence the house edge.
Many people that play Roulette will make many bets and then place a bet on the single or double zero or both, as it feels bad, trust me, when you have many bets out on the felt or virtual felt and then see the green double zero hit.
If you like to play Roulette on the Net it is a good idea to find a table that offers the European version. The reason for this is that the house edge is lower, considering that there is only a single zero rather than a single zero and a double zero. In European Roulette there is a house edge of 2.7% and with American Roulette there is a house edge of 5.3%.
Before you play Roulette you need to know what the table maximum is and what the table minimum is. If the table maximum is $200 it means that $200 is the maximum amount you can make on one spin of the Roulette wheel. You can bet $200 on the double zero or any other single bet or spread your money around the table, but $200 is the maximum amount you can have spread throughout the Roulette table on one single spin.
The minimum bet is the minimum amount you can place on one single bet, such as on the double zero. For example, if you see a table minimum is $5, then $5 is the minimum bet you can make with one single bet.