Roulette is a casino game where players place bets on either single numbers, various groupings of numbers or the color red or black. It is one of the most popular gambling games in the world and has offered glamour, mystery and excitement to players since the 17th century.

The origin of the game is unknown, but it is thought to have originated in France. The game was likely derived from the Italian game Biribi, which also required players to guess the outcome of a spinning wheel.

It is played on a spinning wheel which has divisions painted in alternating red and black. The numbers on the wheel are numbered from 1 to 36 with a green division labeled 0 in American wheels, and a red division labelled 00 in European ones.

When the ball is dropped into the wheel, it will spin around the rim, with the ball landing in one of the divisions when the wheel stops spinning. The dealer will then announce the winning number or group of numbers and pay out any winnings.

To play, a player places a bet on a particular number, a betting area, or a combination of numbers using chips placed on a special betting mat. The chips have a precise location on the mat, which reflects where the bet was made.

Some of the most common types of bets in roulette include single number bets, multiple-number bets, odd or even bets, split bets and combination bets. Each of these bets offers different odds for winning and pays out a different amount for winning.

Inside bets: These bets cover six or fewer numbers and pay out 35 to 1. Outside bets: These bets cover 12 or more numbers and pay out 40 to 1.

Announced bets: These are special betting combinations which are most commonly featured in French Roulette, but also present in online European Roulette variants. They are actually part of the rules and must be understood by players to ensure they know how to play correctly.

A very popular announced bet is the ‘Neighbours’, which covers 5 numbers with 2 neighbouring pockets on each side. It is not available in all online European Roulette variations, but you should be able to find it if you do some research.

It can be played on a traditional table or an online version of the game and is often accompanied by a special racetrack betting section. This is where you will find ‘Neighbours’ bets, as well as other special betting combinations.

The ‘Neighbours’ bet is a 5-number bet that covers numbers 5, 24, 16, 10 and 23. It can be placed on the entire sections of the wheel or a specific section, as the length of these sections can be adjusted upon placing your bet.

This bet is a very popular bet in most roulette casinos and is known for offering a good payout percentage. It is also a great way to make some extra cash.