Casino Roulette Rules

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Roulette - Basic Rules

Roulette or Rulet as it is sometimes called is played in casinos all over the world including online casinos. For the most part the rules for playing are pretty much the same all over.

You will find the game of roulette in casinos all over the world, from Monte Carlo to Las Vegas, as well as in online casinos. There is an aura of glamour, mystery and romance surrounding roulette. Some have said winning the game requires a pact with the devil because the numbers on the wheel add up to 666 (I have never bothered to check the accuracy of this.) It has been played in one form or another since the 17th century. The name itself is French for little wheel.

The game is played with players standing or sitting around the roulette table. On the table is a wheel with the numbers 1 to 36. The wheel also has a zero and most American casinos have a wheel with two zeros. As the wheel spins the croupier starts a small ball spinning in the opposite direction. When the wheel slows the ball will land in one of the numbered slots. Players can continue to place bets as the ball spins around the wheel until the dealer announces no more bets.

Half of the numbers have a red background and the other half a black background. Traditionally the zero has a green background. Aside from the roulette wheel the rest of the table layout shows various bets that you can make by placing your chips on them. It is here that fortunes have been made and lost.

American Roulette Table

Roulette Bet Types

roulette table layout Inside Bets

These are bets made on the chart of the various numbers 1 to 36 and zero. Just put a chip down in the middle of the square with the number you select. If it comes up, it pays 35 to 1. It is called a straight up bet.

Separating the chart into various squares with numbers are lines. These lines are called streets. By putting a chip on the street between 2 numbers, called a split bet, you will win if either one of them comes up on the spin. It will pay 17 to 1.

You can place your chip to cover 3 numbers, known as a street bet, which pays 11 to 1. The chip is placed at the end of any row of numbers. Bets placed at the junctions of '0, 1, 2' and '0, 2, 3' are also considered to be a street bet. You can cover 4 numbers, called a corner bet, that pays 8 to 1. You can cover 6 numbers, which is called a line bet, that pays 5 to1 by placing a chip on two adjoining streets. Additionally, for American roulette, there is the Five-number bet which covers '0, 00, 1, 2, 3' and pays 6:1, and the Row 00 bet which covers 0 and 00 and pays 17:1.

Outside Bets

These are bets made that do not involve specific numbers. Here are some examples. You can bet a red or a black number will win (color bet), it pays 1 to 1. You can bet the number will be odd or even (even/odd bet), it pays 1 to 1. You can bet the number will be high 19 to 36 or low 18 or less (high low bet), it pays 1 to 1.

You can bet on any of the three columns (column bet). If a number in that column wins, you will be paid 2 to 1. The 36 numbers have been broken up into 3 dozens; they are called the first dozen, second dozen and third dozen. You can bet on these groups, called a dozen bet. If the dozen you select has the winning number it pays 2 to 1. The chart shown above illustrates the various bet types and how to place them.

Roulette Variations

The rules and bets we described above were for standard American roulette found in most U.S. casinos. However, there are many variations. Single zero roulette is the same as American roulette, but as you might guess, has only one zero. The U.S. (including Las Vegas), Canada, South America, and the Caribbean have a double zero, but a single zero is primarily found in all other countries. Single zero roulette significantly reduces the house edge by 50%, so if you can find a single zero table, it is very beneficial. One can also find European roulette, double bonus win roulette, French roulette, mini roulette, 3-Wheel roulette and others. Here is a guide that explains these versions in more detail.


Roulette Strategy

The bets that have been presented should be considered as tools for your betting strategy at the roulette table. You must realize that no matter what bet you make, the casino has an edge in their favor. There are people who make money selling instructions on how to win at roulette. Save your money, if they really had something that worked they would use it for themselves and wouldn’t need to earn a few dollars selling fake gambling schemes.

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