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Getting Started with Roulette

Probably the most recognised casino game of all Roulette continues to be a popular choice with casinos players the world over. Offering massive odds of up to 35/1 for hitting a single number and a massive array of outside bets allowing players to easily double up it’s not hard to see why so many players flock to the roulette tables.

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European Roulette

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Roulette Basics

Each game of roulette involves picking a random number between 0 – 36 using a Roulette wheel which is spun in one direction and a ball which is spun in the other just above the wheel. Once the ball looses momentum it will land on the wheel and eventually settle in one of the 37 available slots thus selecting a winning number.

The Roulette Table

The roulette table is made up of 37 squares numbered from 0 to 36 and alternately coloured red and black with the exception of zero which is green. All bets on the inner series of numbers are referred to as inside bets.

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Table Layout

On the edge of the table are the outside bets which comprise of:

  • Red or black
  • 1st dozen / 2nd dozen / 3rd dozen
  • Odd or even
  • 1 – 18 or 19 – 36
  • 1st row / 2nd row / 3rd row

Roulette Bets (Inside)

There are multiple ways to bet in Roulette including the most obvious method of betting on single number plus other bets including red or black. Below are the types of bet you can make at the roulette table:

Straight Up:

A straight up bet involves betting on a single number only, if this chosen number wins you will be paid out at odds of 35/1

Split Bet:

A split bet covers two adjacent numbers and pays out at 17/1 if either number is hit.

Street Bet:

A street bet covers three numbers in a row going horizontally across the roulette table, if any of the three numbers is hit it will pay at 8/1

Corner:

A Corner bet involves placing a chip on the intersecting corner of four individual numbers thus covering all four of them. Should any of these four numbers win the bet pays out at 8/1

Line Bet:

Sometimes called a double street this bet involves placing a chip on the line between two horizontal streets of numbers. A line bet pays out at 5/1

Trio:

A trio bet covers the intersection between either 0-1-2 or 0-2-3 and is only available on European roulette tables. A trio pays out at 11/1

Four Number Bet:

Placed on the line separating 0 and numbers 1, 2 and 3 this bet pays out at 8/1 and is only available on European Roulette tables (single zero variations).

Five Number Bet:

Similar to the four number bet this involves placing a chip on the line separating 0 and 00 and the numbers 1, 2 and 3. This bet pays out at 5/1 and is only available on American Roulette tables (tables with double zero).

Roulette Bets (Outside)

Odd and Even:

This bet is on the outside of the table and involves betting on whether the wining number is odd or even. This bet pays out at even money.

Red and Black:

The most popular side bet, this involves betting on the colour of the winning number and pays out at even money.

1 – 18:

This bet covers any winning number between 1 and 18, it pays out at even money

19 – 36:

This bet covers any winning number between 19 and 36, it pays out at even money

Dozen:

A dozen bet covers a block of twelve adjacent numbers and pays out at 2/1. There are 3 dozens available (1 – 12, 13 – 24 and 25 – 36).

Column:

A column bet covers all twelve numbers in a vertical row going up the table, the boxes for this bet are below the final row of numbers. A column bet pays out at 2/1

French Bets

French bets are special which covers a series of numbers on certain sections of the roulette wheel. They are not available on all Roulette tables and are exclusive to European Roulette.

Voisons du Zero (Neighbours of Zero):

This is a bet covering 17 numbers either side of zero on the wheel, the sequence of numbers covered is: 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25.

The bet is made up of 9 chips which cover the 17 numbers in the following way:

  • 2x chips on the 0, 2, 3 trio
  • 1x chip on the 4-7 split
  • 1x chip on the 12-15 split
  • 1x chip on the 18-21 split
  • 1x chip on the 19-22 split
  • 2x chips on the 25-26-28-29 corner
  • 1x chip on the 32-35 split

Jeu Zero (Zero game):

Jeu Zero (sometimes called Zero Spiel) is a bet covering the nearest 6 numbers to zero plus zero itself, the sequence is: 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15. The bet is made up of 4 chips which are placed like so:

  • 1x chip on 0-3 split
  • 1x chip on 12-15 split
  • 1x chip on 32-35 split
  • 1x chip straight up on 26

Le tiers du Cylindre (Third of the Wheel):

The is a bet covering the 12 numbers on the opposite side of the wheel to zero, the sequence is: 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33. The bet is made up of 6 chips which are placed like so:

  • 1x chip on 5-8 split
  • 1x chip on 10-11 split
  • 1x chip on 13-16 split
  • 1x chip on 23-24 split
  • 1x chip on 27-30 split
  • 1x chip on 33-36 split

Orphelins (Orphans):

This series of 8 numbers are made up of the two parts of the wheel between the tiers and the voisins, the two sequences are 17, 34, 6 and 1, 20, 14, 31, 9

The bet is made up of 5 chips placed like so:

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