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How to Play Roulette – A guide to Casino Roulette

For the uninitiated, Roulette is a unique and exciting casino table game that has been used to entertain gamblers for hundreds of years. Utilizing a multitude of bets, a mechanized game wheel, and significant payout possibilities, Roulette has earned a position of distinction in gambling culture. 

With European roots, more specifically originating in Paris, France as early as 1796, the game spread throughout the world alongside soldiers, colonists, and enthusiasts. Ever a game to draw in a crowd, Roulette has been a popular choice among players for good reason and continues to endure and expand its influence in an increasingly digital and connected world. 

 In this brief guide, we’ll cover the basic rules of roulette, the betting options available to players, some key processes, etiquette, frequently asked questions, and a few tips anyone can utilize to improve their chances of winning. 

Title: How to Play Roulette – A guide to Casino Roulette 

Description: Learn how to play Roulette, understand betting, payouts, and the house edge. Player of all skill levels can utilize this guide when enjoying roulette online or in-person.  

For the uninitiated, Roulette is a unique and exciting casino table game that has been used to entertain gamblers for hundreds of years. Utilizing a multitude of bets, a mechanized game wheel, and significant payout possibilities, Roulette has earned a position of distinction in gambling culture. 

With European roots, more specifically originating in Paris, France as early as 1796, the game spread throughout the world alongside soldiers, colonists, and enthusiasts. Ever a game to draw in a crowd, Roulette has been a popular choice among players for good reason and continues to endure and expand its influence in an increasingly digital and connected world. 

 In this brief guide, we’ll cover the basic rules of roulette, the betting options available to players, some key processes, etiquette, frequently asked questions, and a few tips anyone can utilize to improve their chances of winning. 

How To Play Roulette 

In the game of Roulette, it all begins with a bet. In this case, the bet is whether or not the roulette wheel and ball will come to rest on a specified selection made by the player. If the player’s prognostication is right, they’ll get paid in spades. If not, the house claims the spoils. 

There are dozens of bets that can be made within a single round of Roulette. That’s right, a player can make multiple bets on a single spin of the roulette wheel. That, in part, is what draws so many into this unmistakable game.  

The bets pay increasing dividends as their likelihood of occurring decreases. The lowest payout is .5:1 while the highest can reach 35:1. 

Once players begin placing bets on the table, it’s time for the croupier (for Yankees, this is the dealer) to spin the roulette wheel. The wheel has up to 38 numbered positions. Once the wheel is in motion, the croupier throws a ball into the rotating wheel. At this point in time, players can still make bets. After a few more moments of players placing their wagers on the table, the croupier will declare betting over by simply stating, “No more bets”. At such a point, no more betting will be allowed. 

In a brick-and-mortar casino, the tension is in the air and everyone around the Roulette table is eagerly awaiting the results to see if they’ve made the right wagers. 

Once the ball comes to rest in one of the wheels 37 or 38 paces, depending on the roulette variation, the players will have their answer. All winning wagers will be paid out and all other wagers will be claimed by the house. The house is represented by the croupier. 

Once all payouts have been completed, the game is over and a new round will begin shortly. 

Types Of Roulette Bets 

Roulette bets are just what they sound like and, in this case, are represented by specific numbers, colours, and grouping on the Roulette table. The player's wager is placed on their selected bet(s). 

There are two general groups of bets that players should first be made aware of. These are: 

Inside Bets – any wager placed directly on a number or group of numbers. We’ll cover multiple position bets later on in this section. 

Outside Bets – wagers placed on certain predictions, such as high/low, red/black, first dozen, second dozen, and third dozen. More bets fall into this category, but let these few examples suffice to illustrate the point. 

While most bets fall into these two categories, there are plenty of other combinations of bets that can also be made, further increasing the player’s winning potential. 

Specific Roulette Bets 

In this section, we’ll break down the various inside and outside bets players can make in the game of Roulette as well as a few variation-specific bets you will only find in the many variations of Roulette played in casinos. In these examples, we include the house odds for your consideration.  

Inside Bets 

The inside bets include the bets specific to numbered positions on the Roulette table. Here are the most common inside bets. 

Straight Up Bet 

Originally named “en Plein” in French, this is a bet where players place their wager directly on the number position they wish to bet. You can put a chip wager on all 36 numbers if you please. Just know that these three dozen numbers make up the betting options for a straight-up roulette bet. 

Straight up bets payout at 35:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Split Bet 

The French call this bet “a Cheval”, which literally translates to a leg on each side. This bet is placed on two adjoining numbers. That is numbers next to each other on the roulette table.  

In this case, the wager is placed on the borderline shared between the two numbers.  

Split bets payout at 17:1 if either number is hit.  

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Street Bet  

Dubbed the Transversal in French, this bet is one that includes three numbers. In this scenario, the player’s wager needs to be placed on the outside border shared by the three numbers included in the bet. The three numbers must be located adjacent to one another.  

Street Bets pay 11:1 in the event any of the three numbers are hit.  

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Corner or Square Bet 

This one rolls off the tongue in French as “Carre” and this unique proposition is used when the player wishes to place a wager on four numbers simultaneously.  

As the name suggests, all four numbers need to form a square or share a corner between them. The wager is to be placed on the corner where all four numbers of the proposition meet. 

Corner or Square bets will pay out 8:1 in the event any of the four numbers hit.  

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

The Five Number Bet 

A further encompassing addition to the fleet of roulette bets, the Five-Number bet has been laughingly referred to with humor as the “beast” or “monster” bet. What’s unique about this bet is that it has a very specific set of numbers incorporated into it.  

This bet is only allowed on American Roulette wheels because it includes a number position only available on that variation of the game, the 00. 

In this case, the numbers that fit into a 5-number bet proposition include 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. 

The Five Number bet pays out at 6:1. 

To an unseasoned player, the bet may appear a fun option that can yield a better payout. Unfortunately, the house edge is a bit higher in this scenario and is not often utilized by players. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 7.89 percent 

Line Bet 

The final inside bet is the Line Bet, also known as the Sixline bet or “Sixain” in French. 

In this betting scenario, the player will choose a contiguous line of six numbers to include in their bet. The wager position resides on the outside border of the six numbers included in the desired bet. 

The Line Bet pays off at 5:1.  

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Basket Bet 

This is a bet found on American Roulette and European Roulette tables and includes the numbers 00, 0, 1, 2, and 3 for America games and 0, 1, 2, and 3 for European games. Also known as a “top line” bet players can enact this bet by placing their chips on the border shared by all included numbers.  

The Basket bet pays at 6:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Outside Bets 

While inside bets focused on the specific numbers found on the roulette wheel, Outside bets take into account everything else. These unique propositions offer more betting avenues beyond the simple digits found across the Roulette Table. 

By incorporating these into your game, you may have a better chance to walk away from your next round of Roulette quite a bit richer. 

Column Bet 

Named the “Colonne” in French, this proposition bet is one where the player seeks to incorporate an entire column (vertical) of numbers. There are three such columns provided at the foot of the numbered positions on the roulette table. The player will need to place their wager squarely within this space to count towards the column bet. 

The Column Bet pays out at 2:1. It may not be the most glamorous wager, but it provides ample opportunity to quickly double a wager. 

Keep in mind that 0 and 00 positions do not fall into this type of bet. If they hit, you lose. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Dozens Bet 

What the French call a “Douzaine”, the Dozens Bet is a bet that a number within a dozen will hit. As there are three dozen numbers on the Roulette table to choose from, it stands there are three dozen bet options. There are three 3x4 grids of numbers that fit into either First, Second, or Third Dozen fields. Placing a wager in either specified fields secured the bet. 

Keep in mind that, like the Column bet, the 0 and 00 are not part of this proposition. Additionally, the dozens referred to by this bet are not consecutive.  

The Dozens Bet pays out at 2:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Odd/Even Bet 

Translated from the French “Impair et Pair”, The Odd/Even bet is just as its name would lead you to believe. There are an equal number, 18, of odd and even numbers on the roulette table and players can place their wager on the spaces designated “ODD” and “EVEN” on the table to secure this proposition. 

Just as in previous outside bets, the 0 and 00 spaces are excluded and will result in a lost wager if they hit. 

The Odd/Even bet is considered an even-money bet as it pays 1:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

High/Low Bet  

Translated from the French “Passe et Manque”, The High/Low bet is another that has a self-explanatory name. In this case, the bet is made up of either the lowest 18 numbers on the table or the highest 18 numbers. Placing the wager on the designated “HIGH” and “LOW” positions will secure the bet. 

The 0 and 00 spaces are not included in this bet and will result in a lost wager if they hit. 

The High/Low bet is considered an even-money bet as it pays 1:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Red/Black Bet 

Perhaps the most well-known bet ion Roulette, the French “Rouge et Noir” translates to Red or Black. This is another bet that splits the field into two distinct halves. Place your wager on either field designated “Red or “Black to secure your bet. 

The Red/Black bet is considered an even-money bet as it pays 1:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Snake Bet 

As its name suggests, this bet follows a zigzag pattern the entire length of the number field on the Roulette Table. The bet is not included at all casinos, so be sure you understand whether it is or not before attempting to place the wager. The bet can be made by placing a wager at either the “head” or ”tail” of the snake, in the bottom corner of that number position. The bet includes the numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. 

The Snake Bet pays out at 35:1 if any of the included numbers hit. However, you have to place twelve wagers to qualify for the bet, which essentially brings the payout down to around 2:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Called or Announced Bets 

These are actually two different bets, but we’ll combine them for convenience’s sake.  

“Call” or Called bets are those that announce verbally the wager a player wishes to make. That a player will have to actually say aloud to be considered but does not require any chips to be placed on the table in the form of a wager.  

In some jurisdictions, this is not allowed because it amounts to betting on credit. 

By contrast, the announced bet achieves the same end, only the player places their wagered chips onto the table immediately after making their announced bet. 

Maximum Bet 

One reserved for the high-rollers only, the “full completes” bet is one where the player wagers the table maximum on all betting positions. 

For example, if a player uses 17 as their Maximum, then all bets involving 17 receive the maximum wager and a chip is committed to the wager amount for each number involved in the various included bets. On a single 0 table, that wager would look like this:  

Bet type 

Number(s) bet on 

Chips 

Amount waged 

Straight-up 

17 

$1,000  

Split 

14-17 

$2,000  

Split 

16-17 

$2,000  

Split 

17-18 

$2,000  

Split 

17-20 

$2,000  

Street 

16-17-18 

$3,000  

Corner 

13-14-16-17 

$4,000  

Corner 

14-15-17-18 

$4,000  

Corner 

16-17-19-20 

$4,000  

Corner 

17-18-20-21 

$4,000  

Six line 

13-14-15-16-17-18 

$6,000  

Six line 

16-17-18-19-20-21 

$6,000  

Total 

 

40 

$40,000 

Sector Bets 

These bets are those that occupy a specified sector or space on the roulette wheel. 

Zero Game Bet 

Also known by its French name as “Jeu Zéro”, this bet is a four-chip or multiple of four chips wager on all the numbers closets to the 0 position on the roulette wheel. 

In this case, the wager is placed in the following fashion: 

Three chips are bet on splits:  

  • One chip on the 0-3 split  
  • One chip on the 12-15 split  
  • One chip on the 32-35 split 

One chip straight-up: 

  • One straight-up on number 26 

More popular in European casinos, this bet is also included on the following wager of Neighbors Of Zero. 

If 26 hits, the Zero Game bet payout is 36:1. If any other number lands, the bet pays at 18:1. 

Neighbors Of Zero Bet 

A larger field of numbers that border the 0 position on either side, the Neighbors of Zero or “Voisins du Zero” expands the field to include 17 numbers. 

This bet requires nine chips or multiple of nine which are placed as follows: 

One chip is bet on splits:  

  • One chip on the 4-7 split  
  • One chip on the 12-15 split  
  • One chip on the 18-21 split  
  • One chip on the 19-22 split  
  • One chip on the 32-35 split 
  • Two chips are placed on the 0-2-3 trio 
  • Two chips are placed on the 25-26-28-29 corner 

If any number included in the split bets hit, then the return is 18:1. If any number in the trio hits, the return is 11:1. Lastly, if any number in the corner bet hits, the payout is 8:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent (not usually available in this Roulette variation) 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

 Third Of The Wheel Bet 

Also referred to as “Le Tiers Du Cylinder”, the Third of The Wheel bet is exactly as it sounds. This wager includes the 12 numbers of the roulette wheel that reside opposite the 0 position.  

On a single 0 roulette wheel, the included numbers are: 27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33, which is as close to 1/3 of the wheel one can get.  

These are considered six split bets, requiring: 

  • One chip on the 5-8 split  
  • One chip on the 10-11 split  
  • One chip on the 13-16 split  
  • One chip on the 23-24 split  
  • One chip on the 27-30 split 
  • One chip on the 33-36 split 

As these bets are all splits, the return to the player is 18:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Orphans 

Also referred to as “Orphelins” this bet is comprised of the numbers on the east and west side of the wheel (if 0 is north on the compass). These numbers reside outside of both the “Voisins” and “Tiers” bets. 

A bet made up of one straight up and four splits, an Orphans bet boasts some high paying potential. 

Requiring a minimum of five chips and wagers beyond that in denominations of five, wagers are placed in the following positions: 

  • One chip on the 6-9 split  
  • One chip on the 14-17 split  
  • One chip on the 17-20 split  
  • One chip on the 31-34 split  
  • One chip on 1 straight up 

If 1 hits, the game pays at 36:1. All other winning outcomes pay 18:1. 

  • American Roulette House Edge - 5.26 percent 
  • European Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 
  • French Roulette House Edge - 2.70 percent 

Roulette Rules 

While you’ve just had a master class in roulette betting types, you may be inclined to dive right in. unfortunately, there is still quite a bit to know in terms of etiquette and procedure for the roulette table. Fortunately, we’ve got all the info you need on that front as well. Here’s where you get to know how to play roulette, step-by-step. 

Get Your Roulette Chips 

Notice how we included “roulette” chips above, rather than simple casino chips. That’s because there is a distinction at most land-based casinos.  

Roulette chips are coloured chips that more often than not will come in many vibrant hues. This is not just to add a touch of elegance to the game, this is to make a distinction between who owns which chips. Think about it, if there were 8 people playing roulette at the same table, with the same chips, how would you tell apart their bets? 

Hopefully, now it makes sense. Roulette chips can be procured from the table croupier. The casino representative will trade you roulette-specific chips for standard casino chips. You can play to your heart’s content and then leave when you are done. However, you’ll want to trade in those roulette chips via the Croupier because these unique chips can’t be used at any other casino table game. 

If you don’t have casino chips to trade, simply pay the croupier in cash. They’ll be able to provide you with chips directly at the table. 

If you’re playing at an online casino, you don’t have to worry about exchanging chips. Any funds in your casino account can be used towards any table game without the need to exchange casino chips. 

Knowing When To Bet 

There is a set of steps we outlined early on in this guide that lets players know how the game progresses from start to finish a big part of that process is knowing when it is appropriate or allowed, to bet. 

In a live casino setting, there is a marker known as a “puck”, "buck" or another moniker on the table. This marker is there to alert players as to what number hit on the last spin of the Roulette wheel. When that marker is removed by the Croupier, a new round of betting is begun. 

Betting can proceed unhindered until the croupier states out loud “no more bets”. 

Betting In Roulette  

When you’re ready and cleared by the croupier to bet, place your wagers on the appropriate symbol positions found throughout the Roulette table. If you cannot reach the position you want, the croupier will step in to assist. 

Make sure you understand the nature of your bet because there are few experiences more cringe-worthy than making a scene at the Roulette table. After all, you lost, thinking you made a winning bet. The croupier will explain the bet beforehand happily. 

In case you’ve already forgotten, here’s a quick rundown of the bets available: 

Inside Bets 

  • Straight Up 
  • Split 
  • Street/Trio 
  • Corner/Square 
  • 5 Number/Monster/Beast 
  • Line Bet 
  • Basket 

Outside Bets 

  • High-Low 
  • Red/Black 
  • Even/Odd 
  • Dozens 
  • Column  
  • Snake Bet 

Called/Announced/Sector Bets 

  • Maximum 
  • Neighbors Of Zero 
  • Zero Game 
  • Third Of The Wheel 
  • Orphans 

When Betting Stops 

When the Croupier spins the Roulette Wheel, you are not cut off from betting just yet. So, get your last wagers on the table before the croupier makes the final wave of their hand and declares “no more bets.  

Any bets that come after the croupier’s declaration are disqualified. 

After this point, the only thing left to do is wait and hope your predictions were correct. 

Player Etiquette 

Most people are genial, right? Most people want to get along and enjoy their evening, perhaps even with a bit of banter shared between strangers at the table. This is a perfectly acceptable practice, but what if other players are not so easygoing? This is where etiquette comes into play. 

Questionable play can come in the form of being physically pushy around the table, over-drinking or crowding the betting field so that other players’ bets are not immediately clear. 

In situations like these, it’s best to let the house handle running interference. However, making the first request to tone it down in a respectful manner is appreciated. After that, go straight to the dealer and be direct about the other players’ poor play etiquette. 

There is, of course, no need for such aggressive activities as dealers give roulette players plenty of time to make their bets. Chances are the dealer will ask them to behave or find another table. However, the casino wants players to keep gambling, wherever they may find their table of preference. 

It may come down to you being asked to find another table, just because you seem like the more reasonable fellow or lady. The best thing to do in this situation is to move on and avoid a prolonged scenario where you, the dealer, and the other players are not enjoying themselves. 

What To Do When You Win 

When the little white ball on the roulette wheel finds its final resting place for the round, the croupier will call the number aloud. The color and other details pertinent to bets will also accompany the announcement. 

In this case, there is nothing for the player to do. 

The croupier will move the “puck” to indicate the last winning position. 

Winning bets will be paid out and losing bets will be raked in for the house. After bets are paid, the cycle begins anew and you can choose to move on or stay for another round at your table of choice. 



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