The poseur wants people to think that he broke the bank at Monte Carlo playing roulette. Or, if not Monte Carlo, at least Biloxi, Mississippi. That town still has entire neighborhoods that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina that need to be repaired, but by God they got those casinos back up and running in record time. The poseur isn’t political at all; he’s just saying.
If you want to become a poseur who can trick others into thinking that you actually know how to win at roulette and not just play it, you’ve got to realize that when it comes to roulette there are really only four elements you need to know. You need to know the roulette wheel’s layout, you need to know how to deal with roulette chips, you need to know how the roulette ball works and you need to know Dolly. More on Dolly later.
The poseur needs to know that roulette chips are not like poker chips. Each player has a different color chip when they sidle up to the roulette table. When the poseur decides to walk away with his winnings, his special roulette chips will be exchanged for regular casino chips. Take those chips to the cage and collect your winnings, you roulette poseur, you.
The roulette table is a thing of beauty. But the poseur can easily get confused by all those numbers and squares and little houses up at the top. The roulette wheel is placed at one of the long table and the layout takes up most of the rest of the roulette table. The roulette wheel is fitted with 38 numbered slots…unless it is only fitted with 37 numbered slots. American roulette wheels provide the additional 38th slot: the 00 or Double-Zero. While you may think that an extra slot on the wheel gives you an extra chance to win, you’d be wrong. The 38th roulette wheel slot is there only to increase the odds of the house.
The roulette table layout has two specific regions: the inside and the outside. What, you were expecting some kind of fancy French name? Get on the trolley, poseur. The inside area is usually colored black and red and the outside area is colored green. Unless it’s not.
The croupier is the fella who tosses the little ball around the wheel so that it can spin and spin and spin again and where it lands you can only nobody knows. But don’t count on it in some casinos. I’m not trying to tell the poseur that roulette is one of the simplest games to fix, but I could and I wouldn’t be fabricating. Once the ball has finally settled into a slot, the dealer places a marker on top of the corresponding number on the roulette layout. That marker has a name.
Say hello to Dolly, poseur.
The croupier then collects the losing bets and pays out the winnings to those who guessed right. And, yes, picking the exact slot that the little ball will wind up in after it spins and spins and spins again can only be accomplished by guessing right. Unless the table is fixed. In which case it don’t matter what you guess because you is going to be a loser rather than a poseur.
About that 00. Depending on the casino in which you play roulette, if the ball stops on 0 or 00 the house collects regardless. Inside other casinos, the 0 and 00 are just like every other number on the wheel. Inquiring poseurs will do much better than poseurs who act too cool to ask about house rules.
The poseur knows that roulette is not necessarily about picking the right specific slot. Various types of bets can be played in roulette. A straight up bet is the one in which you place a bet on a specific number. A split bet is when you place a bet on two numbers. The poseur needs to know that a split bet is made by placing the chip on the line between those two numbers. The street bet is a bet made on a row of numbers and you should place the chip on the line at the end of that row. A corner bet is a bet placed on four numbers in which the chip is placed at the intersection of those four numbers. A double street bet in roulette is a bet on two rows of numbers and the chip needs to be placed on the located at the end of the short horizontal row while straddling two rows. Sound complicated? Watch a few spins of the ball and you will be posing as a roulette champ in no time.
Oh, by the way, those are just the inside bets. You’ve also got the outside bets to consider. Outside bets place a bet on things like an even or odd number coming up, a red or black number coming up, the ball coming up within a specific set of a dozen numbers and the ball coming to a rest at a number in one of those three long vertical columns.
Now get out there and pose like you’ve just broken the bank at the Beau Rivage.