The Basic Rules of Roulette

Roulette is a game that uses a large wheel with either 37 or 38 pockets. These stops are numbered between 0 and 36. The American roulette wheel has a 00 pocket. All pockets are colored. The zeroes are green and the other spots are equally divided between 18 red pockets and 18 black pockets.

The dealer spins the ball around the wheel's outer rim, and it will eventually land in one of the numbers. The object of the game is for the player to guess the number that the ball will land in.

Players have the option to place wagers at the roulette table before each spin. You can place bets on any number of numbers, or just one.

The dealer will call the winning number and the color of the pocket where the ball landed. Markers are used to protect winning wagers. After that, all losing bets will be swept from the table. After all payouts have been made, the dealer will pay any winning bets. Players can then place their bets for the next spin.


Your bankroll and betting strategy will play a major role in how you play roulette. Simply put, if your bankroll is small, it's not a good idea to bet large amounts of money at once. If you believe it's impossible for a Roulette wheel to land on red five consecutive times, then you have never played roulette. Don't expect certain bets to come in "sooner than later". Although it may sound obvious, the outcome of any spin of the wheel does not depend on anything that has gone before.

Place Roulette Bets

There are many betting areas that you can use to place your chips if you play roulette at a casino. Your chips and available space are the only limitations. If there are many players, it might be difficult to find the right area to place your chips. All that is irrelevant when you play at an online casino, whether it's virtual roulette or live dealer.

Calculating your Odds

You can place two types of roulette bets: inside or outside. Because your odds of winning are close to 50/50 outside bets will have a higher chance of success, while inside bets can have greater odds and greater risk. You've probably heard of people selling everything and going to Vegas to gamble on the roulette wheel. You could also bet on Evens/Odds, 1 to 18/19 to36 (also known by High or Low), which will give you the same odds as black or red but would seem less romantic. "All on black" sounds more emphatic.

You could also place bets on 1st Dozen and 2nd Dozen. These odds are 2 to 1 just like the odds for 1st Column 2nd Column 3rd Column. Six line is any six numbers drawn from two rows. Corner is any four numbers within a block. Street is any three horizontal numbers. Split can be any two vertical or horizontal numbers, and is available in the odds of 17 to 1. Straight Up is where you can wager on one number and are rewarded with the best odds - 35:1.

The House Edge

Because nothing in life is free, the casino must take its cut. The cut is when the ball lands at zero. The casino gets its cut when that happens. American roulette has two zeroes. This is why the house edge increases. On the American roulette wheel, the zero and double zero are marked in green.

Fun fact: When you play European roulette (sometimes also known as French roulette), you don't lose automatically when the ball lands at zero. Instead, the ball is considered "in prison" and your wager stays in place for another spin. The chips are returned to the casino if this spin fails to win. While the casino may make a profit if the ball lands on zero or twice zero, players can still place bets on this position.

Choosing Your Strategy

You should avoid inside bets if you are afraid of risk or have high tolerance for risk. These have the lowest chances of success. While you don't have to know all the details about roulette or bet names, it is helpful to get an idea of your expected return.

Do not just place scattershot bets, and pray for the best. Master your strategy and make every spin count. If you have a solid strategy, the rewards can be significant.