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Stakes maximum and minimum

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A maximum and minimum stake for a roulette table are usually posted at casinos, and this is sometimes done for recreational gaming as well. The total amount of a player’s inside bets must typically surpass the minimum stake for each spin of the wheel. The maximum stake usually refers to the greatest amount that can be wagered on a single number “straight up” bet. Other forms of bets’ maximum stakes rise accordingly, e.g. The maximum bet for a pair of numbers is double the maximum straight-up bet, the maximum wager for a corner bet is four times the maximum straight-up bet, and so on. So the casino’s loss limit is actually the amount it can lose!

The Rules of North American Roulette

All bets (save a direct wager on the designated zero) are lost when either zero appears on a roulette wheel in North America or the Caribbean. As a result, the punter’s odds are dramatically worsened, and the casino’s cut rises. This is most likely why Roulette is less popular in this region than it is in other parts of the world.

The rules are the same as in European Roulette, except that the double zero result is treated the same as a single zero result.

Some American casinos allow a “basket bet,” which is staked by placing chips on the outside of the dividing line between the zero row and the row comprising 1, 2, and 3 in the same way as a line bet. This bet usually pays out 6 to 1, giving it the worst odds of any roulette stake.

The classic roulette game.

The zero and the “double zero” were present in the original French roulette. The single zero was red and counted as “Pair” and “Manque,” whereas the double zero was black and counted as “Impair” and “Passe.”

All lost stakes are confiscated by the bank if the ball lands in one of the two zero divisions, but if the bet is matched by virtue of being Pair, Impair, Rouge, Noir, Passe, or Manque, the stake is imprisoned until the next spin of the wheel. The stake was either lost on the next turn, or if the ball matched the bet again, the stake was simply returned to the gambler with no reward.

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