What is roulette? 


Roulette is a fantastically fun game to play. There are some basic rules that need to be followed but the general principle that everyone recognises is that it is a true game of chance. This means that strategy is almost non-existent (except in some circumstances) and that everyone has an equal chance to win and lose on the roulette table.

Roulette is actually French for ‘little wheel’. On the wheel itself there are 36 numbers and a zero (0). The croupier is the person who manages the roulette table and once bets have been placed as to which number the ball may fall on, he or she will spin the wheel, sending the ball round the table. Eventually it will stop and fall into a slot (a number).

It has been a popular thing in culture to talk of black and red in roulette. However, you don’t have to consider roulette betting as a game that focus on those two colours alone. The game is actually very sophisticated, and there are a number of different bets you can make during a game. Below are some of these bets:

Outside bets

These are bets that fall outside the wheel, and are generally not number focused. They are as follows:

Colour betting (the red or black) pays 1 to 1

Even or odd number betting pays 1 to 1

Column betting (betting on 12 numbers) pays 2 to 1

Dozen betting (first 12 numbers for example) pays 2 to 1

High Or low bets pay 1 to 1

Inside bets

These generally pay higher odds because they include betting on individual numbers:

  • The straight up bet is a bet on one number. It pays 35 to 1. The chances of succeeding at straight up are exactly how the odds suggest
  • Split betting on two numbers pays out at 17 to 1
  • Street betting means betting on three numbers,and this pays out at 11 to 1
  • Corner betting on four numbers pays out at 8 to 1
  • Six line betting on six numbers pays out at 5 to 1

It is important that you remember that in roulette the house (or gambling  establishment) always has an advantage over players. This will never change and it has been this way for centuries.

Whether you are playing online or offline, you first have to find a table. It is important to remember here that there are different maximum and minimum bets for each table, and these change according to how much money is available, and the inside and outside bets offered.

For example, there will be a lower maximum bet on an inside bet on every table because the odds are much higher potentially than any outside betting.

There is strict protocol for how a round is played. After  a round, the dealer will pay off the winners and then release the ball. While the ball spins bets can be made, but once the ball drops from the track onto the wheel the dealer will say that there are no more bets.

Those are the basics on roulette. Hopefully they have given you some idea of the basic bets and the protocol behind the game.