A Guide To Playing Roulette

 July 30, 2021

By  BC Editorial Team

Understanding what Roulette is.

Roulette is probably one of the most entertaining games of chance that there is, it is played on pretty much every online and brick-and-mortar casino there is, and so it is worth knowing about this fantastic game. Though this game employs a board and a wheel that may look a bit overwhelming to a newbie, the objective of this game is pretty straightforward. Simply bet on the number, or group of numbers, that the ball will eventually land on.

Some bets will have higher odds than others will, based on the likelihood of winning. The house edge on roulette is about 2.5% to 5%, depending on the casino and the rules that they use. We have plenty to tell you about roulette including the basics of the game, betting, odds, and the rules, but you can always find out more.

How Roulette is played- The basics.

The way that roulette is played, and its rules, are quite simple in comparison to many other casino games. In this game, you face a wheel that has red and black slots with the numbers 1- 36 on them, as well as one or two green zero slots, which depends on whether you are playing European single, or American double. Aside from the wheel, you will also have a table which features the numbers and some additional sectors on which you can place the bet.

Once every participant in the game has placed their bets, the dealer will spin the wheel and will throw in a small ball. Whichever the number of the slot the ball lands in is the winning number. If you have bet on that number or on a group of numbers that contain this, then you get a payout! Nice and simple.

There may be some differences between types of roulette, but the basics are the same, and it does not impact in any way the overall outcome.

The rules of Roulette.

The roulette wheel is a spinning disk with divisions around the edge that revolves around the base of a bowl. The ball is spun around the outside until the ball and wheel rest with the ball in one of the divisions. These divisions are numbers 1-37 in a pretty random pattern and alternate black and red. There is also a green division numbered zero. On American roulette tables there will also be a green division with a double zero, it is this that makes the American version of Roulette a worse proposition financially than the European version.

There are not many rules to the game, only facts on how it is played. Now, you need to get an idea on the bets that you make in this game.

Roulette bets.

You can place bets in a number of ways on a roulette table, every type of bet in roulette is classified as either an inside bet or an outside bet. Inside bets are bets which are placed inside the grid of numbers in the center of the table. Outside bets are one which are placed around the edges of the table.

Let’s look;

Inside bets.

  • Straight up bets- which is betting on a single number, i.e. 2
  • Square/ corner- a bet covered 4 numbered in the shape of a square such as 8,9,11,12.
  • Split bet- A bet that covered two adjacent numbers, i.e. 12 and 15 or 12 and 11.
  • Street bet- An inside row of 3 numbers such as 10,11,12.
  • Six line bet- A bet that covers two rows of numbers, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • Trio- A bet that includes three numbers involving a zero, i.e. 0, 1, 2/ 00, 1, 2.
  • First four- the first four numbers of a single 0 layout only.

Outside bets.

  • Low/ Manqué or High/ Passé- which is a bet on numbers 1-18 inclusive or 19-36 inclusive.
  • Red or black- a bet on either all the red numbers, or on all the black numbers.
  • Even or odd- A bet which is placed on all the odd numbers or all of the even numbers.
  • A Dozen bet- This is a bet placed on the first, second, or third 12 numbers, i.e. 1-12, or 13-24 etc.
  • Column bet- A bet which is placed down a vertical column, such as 2-35.
  • ‘Green’- this bet can only be placed on triple zero tables, and this means the bet is placed on all three zeroes.

The odds.

Most people are most interested in the game because of the number of different bets that can be made, as well as their associated odds. The basic bet types are the same for all modern roulette forms, here are some examples of the bets and their associated odds. If you are starting out with roulette, you may want to start with the even odd bet types and work your way to lower odds as you get used to the game.

Even odds
  • Red: A red number.
  • Black: A black number.
  • Even: An even number.
  • Odd: An odd number.
  • Low bet: Numbers 1-18.
  • High bet: Numbers 19-36.
2-1 odds
  • First Dozen: Numbers 1-12.
  • Middle Dozen: Numbers 13-24.
  • Last Dozen: Numbers 25-36.
  • Column bet: A column of 12 numbers vertically.
Longer odds
  • 5-1 odds: Line bets- 6 numbers- Placing the stake on the intersection of the edge of two rows of three numbers.
  • 8-1 odds: Corner bet: 4 numbers- Placing the stake at the intersection of a number of 4 squares.
  • 11-1 odds: Street bet- A row of 3 numbers- Placing the stake halfway over the line forming the end of the row of three numbers to bet upon.
  • 17-1 odds: Split bet- A pair of numbers- Placing the stake across the line between two numbers.
  • 35-1 odds: Straight up- A single number bet- Placing the stake in the box of the number concerned. You can usually bet on 0 as well.

Remember that bets on six numbers or fewer are known as inside bets, whereas bets on 12 or more numbers are known as outside bets. In this case, you could say that the odds are better for outside bets than inside bets.

BC Editorial Team


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