How to Play Roulette

Roulette is one of the most popular casino table games out there, mainly because of the simple rules and entertaining gameplay it features. The game, as many others, is believed to be invented in France and is among most casino portfolios of games offered. Roulette features a spinning wheel that is numbered with numbers between 0 and 36 where a croupier (casino staff) throws the ball and a table layout on whom the bets are placed by players who try to predict the number of where the ball will eventually land. This might be the simplest form of gambling, maybe apart from slots and certainly one that attracts the crowd. Learn about various bet types, gameplay and strategy in this article.

GamePlay, Bet Types & Payouts

Before the wheel is spun (in land based casinos the bets can be placed while the wheel is actually spinning), you are required to place a wager on one of the many Roulette bet types offered, in case you want to participate and play the game. You can place as many bets as you please for a single spin of the wheel. Bets are usually divided into two main types – inside and outside bets.

Inside bets offer higher payout odds, but are generally harder to predict as the likelihood of a particular number being spun is smaller. Here are the inside bets that can be made:statistics for the game of roulette

Single Number Bet

Double – a bet on two numbers

Triple or Street – a bet on three numbers in a horizontal line

Corner or Square – a bet on four numbers forming a square

Double Street – a bet on six numbers

Trio – a bet on 0;1;2 or 0;2;3

Basket – a bet on 0;1;2;3

Outside bets, on the other hand are easier to predict as many of them feature a close to 50% chance of occuring.

Red/Black – likely the most popular Roulette bet predicting whether the number spun will be coloured in red or black

Even/Odd – similar to the previous bet, but this one offers a chance to predict whether the number spun will be even or odd.

Dozen Bets – Roulette table layout features 3 dozens of numbers and this bet offers to predict the one that winning number will be in.

Column Bets – the table layout also features 3 columns of numbers and likewise, you can try to predict which one will be a part of the winning number.

1 to 18 or 19 to 36 – a bet type offering to predict if the number will be either between 1 to 18 or 19 to 36.

Once the winning number is determined, payouts are instantly done according to the Roulette payout odds. You can see the odds below:

Even Money Bets (Payout odds of 1 to 1) – Red/Black, Even/Odd, 1 to 18 or 19 to 36

Column & Dozen Bets – 2 to 1

Single Number – 35 to 1

Double – 17 to 1

Street & Trio – 11 to 1

Double Street – 5 to 1

Corner & Basket – 8 to 1

Roulette Wheel Sequence

The numbers of the Roulette wheel are not just randomly thrown in, instead they are sorted in a way that red numbers are near the black ones so there wouldn’t be two neighbour numbers of the same colour.

Odd numbers between 1 and 10 as well as 19 to 28 are red while even ones are black. Between the range of 11 to 18 and 29 to 36, the odd ones are black and even ones are red.

The only exception to this rule is the zero or two of them, as it is in the American Roulette. These numbers are coloured in green.

Here are the wheel sequences for both, a single zero wheel (European/French) and double zero wheel (American Roulette)

Single Zero – 0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-9-22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26

Double Zero – 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2

Types of Roulette

There are three main types of Roulette that are still offered at casinos. While land based casinos usually offer European Roulette, if you play in the big ones chances are that you’ll run into either American or French variation.

European version is the most popular one in todays gambling environment and features a single zero table layout & wheel. It’s played across most brick & mortar casinos and offers a relatively low house edge of 2.5%

American version is what was firstly brought into the modern gaming enivronment. It features a double zero layout & wheel, which means that there is one extra number in the game. This works into casinos favour, as this type features the worst odds of all for players – a house edge of 5.4%

French type is actually pretty much the same as the European one and also is played by using the single zero layout and Roulette wheel. The only difference is that French variation allows usage of the La Partage rule that allows player who wagers on even money bets not to lose his wager after the first unsuccessful spin. You will be allowed to keep that wager for one more spin when playing French version of this game. This greatly improves the odds and thus this type is the best one to play. House edge of only 1.5%, when playing and betting at even money bets.


Since the game was brought to light, gamblers have been always trying to find a loophole in Roulette and win a lot of money by doing so. One of the most popular systems I actually have seen out on the internet is called ”Red or Black”. It’s pretty much the Martingale and advises to bet on either the Red or the Black number to be spun. In case of a successful bet you simply bet again, but if you do lose, the system advises to double your wager. You should eventually gain your wager back and be in the green for your initial betting unit. Lets take a look at an example of me using this system and starting with a $10 wager.

Bet $10 on red and lose – doubling the wager

Bet $20 on red and lose – doubling the wager

Bet $40 on red and win – I won all my losses back and am now winning $10

This really seems like a sound strategy and one that should work, if we think about it for a minute. In reality though, it’s a disaster and you will end up going broke due to the risk of ruin this system has. I did not just made that up and several math wizards have done a whole lot of simulations and calculations to determine this.

The system is flawed even more, when we take casino betting limits into account. It’s completely possible to lose for 10 + spins straight betting at even money bets.

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