If you think that roulette is a very simple game where you would only have to bet on where the ball would land on the wheel, then you are only partly right. While roulette is a very popular game in casinos worldwide, the rules of roulette are much more complicated than that.
There are certain strategies as well as other nuances within the game that you would have to take into consideration in order to win big in this particular game of chance. Otherwise, you would only be wasting your money if you are not maximizing your bets and gambling on small percentage wins.
In this article, we will be discussing in-depth the roulette game rules so that beginners can really understand what is going on during each spin of the wheel. This way, you will be able to understand the rules and, hopefully, be able to win by making smart bets that will slowly but surely increase your earnings.
While some casino roulette rules may vary from place to place, the ones mentioned below are quite generic and pretty much will apply in any place that you play. It also would not matter if you are playing in a land-based or online casino as the same procedures and betting systems would apply most of the time. If in doubt, try and read the rules of the game before you play. Once you are aware of the game system as well as the basic terminologies in roulette, then you are good to go.
The Basics of Roulette Game
A roulette game starts by the player making his bet, the types of which will be discussing at the later section. This is done by placing your chips on the betting table which is divided into certain sections, which represent where you guess as to which number or section of the wheel the ball will end up.
The dealer will then roll the ball on the spinning wheel. The wheel will have numbers from 1 to 6 with alternating colours of red and black in usual cases. Depending on where the ball lands, winning bets will be determined based on the number and colour that the ball landed on.
Table layouts may differ from casino to casino, but roulette wheels typically remain the same with the exception of the zero slots. While not set in stone, American roulette typically has two zeros on the wheel while European roulette only has one. While layouts on wheels and tables may be different, the concept and betting system is pretty much similar to each other.
Roulette is of French origin, which makes the game older in European countries when compared to the American version. Aside from the double zero difference, there are no significant deviations between the two versions despite aesthetics. French terms such as “Manque” or “Passe” are still used in the US version of the game though, which shows the influence of the UK in the game on a worldwide scale.
Roulette Bet Types
Here are the different kinds of bets that you can do while playing roulette. Knowing what types of bets to play during the game, along with the possible odds, will help in increasing your chances of winning.
Inside stakes are when the players bet on one or more numbers. By placing your chips on different areas of the table, you will be able to let the dealer know that you are betting on these numbers for the current game.
The types of inside bets are:
- Straight bets cover one number only.
- Split bets cover two numbers adjacent to each other.
- Street bets cover three consecutive numbers in a line.
- Six line bets cover six consecutive numbers belonging in their own groups.
- Corner bets cover two consecutive numbers in a line along with the ones adjacent to them.
- Trio bets cover either 0, 1, 2 or 0, 2, 3.
- Basket bets cover 0, 1, 2, and 3.
Wins via betting on a single number has the lowest odds, which is why they have the highest payouts. The probability of winning is slightly lower in American roulette when compared to European roulette due to the existence of the second zero in the table.
Outside stakes are when players guess on as to which group the ball will end up in. This can be in the form of colour or number group, with the latter being options of if the number is odd or even, low or high, which dozen, or which column. Based on probabilities, these give you higher odds of winning as compared to inside bets. Of course, the payout is significantly lower as well.
Listed below are the options available for outside bets:
- Colour – Red or Black.
- Odd or Even – numbers ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are odd. All others are even.
- High or Low – All numbers less than 19 are low. All numbers 19 and above are high.
- Dozens – 1st dozen is 1 to 12. The second dozen is 13 to 24. The third dozen is 25 to 36.
- Columns – 1st column is 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and 34. The second column is 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, and 35. The third column is 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, and 36.
Other special outside bets, such as the Snake bet, are not standard and may only be available in certain casinos. This will depend on the casino roulette rules that the casino or table has. Make sure to read up on the roulette game rules, or check the table layout if this option is available. The above-listed wagers, however, are pretty much similar wherever you may play.
Announced stakes originate from European Roulette and are not found in all casinos. However, those who allow these types of wagers typically follow the rules of roulette that came from this country. For this reason, while they do have their English counterparts, announced bets are still more commonly known by their old names.
Both land-based and online casinos utilize announced bets, but they are more prevalent in European casinos. Others even have specialized ones, such as the Chip Bomb from Microgaming’s Premier Roulette Diamond Edition. Nevertheless, here are the different types of the most common announced bets that you can find.
- Voisins du Zéro The Voisins du Zéro, also known as Neighbors of Zero, comprises of a trio, five splits, and one corner, representing the zero as well as the seven numbers to the left and to right of it on the wheel. A total of nine chips is utilized for this bet. These numbers are 0, 2,3, 4, 7, 12, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26,28, 29, 32, and 35.
- Le Tiers Du Cylindr On the other hand, Le Tiers Du Cylindre stands for One-Third of the Wheel. In this type of announced bet, the player wagers on 12 numbers on the other side of the Voisins du Zéro numbers selections. These include the numbers 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16 and 33. A total of six chips are utilized for this bet.
- Orphelins Orphelins covers eight numbers, namely 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31 and 34. This comprises of one straight bet and four splits for a total of 5 chips in total used. This covers the numbers not included in the above two bets.
- Jeu Zéro Another type of announced bet is the Jeu Zéro which literally means the Zero Game. This is so-called due to it being played around the neighbours of the zero slot. This translates to a four chip bet with three splits and one straight. Numbers involved are 0, 3, 12, 15, 26, 32, and 35.
- Neighbours Neighbours is a special type of bet that is played on a racetrack type wheel. This option is available in most online roulette games, although some live casino roulette tables have this as well. When playing neighbours, the player will bet on a number along with the two numbers on either side of your choice.
- Finals Finals, or Finales, let’s you bet on all numbers that end with a certain digit. The number of stakes for Finales will depend on the number chosen. This means that a Finale 4 will utilize 4 chips for 4, 14, 24, and 34 while a Finale 8 will only use up 3 for 8, 18, and 28.
- Red/Black Splits Red/black splits let you bet on two numbers of the same digit on the table that are of the same colour. Only one chip is used per bet, although you can bet on as many pairs as you want on the table.
What Bets Starting the Game?
Betting will depend on the strategy that you want to employ, as well as on the casino roulette rules at play. Some classic betting systems available are the Martinique and Fibonacci schemes which rely on multiple bets across the table to increase your chances of a win.
However, by knowing the odds of each particular bet, you would have mathematically better odds of winning albeit with a smaller payout. By all means, though, try and make straight wagers if you are feeling particularly lucky.
Take note of betting limits, though, as different rules of roulette will apply depending on where you are playing. This is especially true if you are an exceptionally low or exceptionally high roller. Make sure that you are able to balance your bets without breaking the bank and, as always, be a responsible gambler by betting only what you can afford to lose and knowing when it is necessary to walk away from the wheel.
Of course, even if you are already quite adept at playing roulette, it is very important to play only in a licensed casino. For British players, it is important that the establishment that you are playing at is licensed by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. This is to ensure that the casino is fair and transparent and that they are properly regulated with regards to factors such as operations and payouts.