Roulette Rules

American Roulette Wheel

The Wheel
American Roulette is a game that’s played on a wheel consisting of thirty eight spots.  Each of these has its own number. On the Roulette wheel there are the numbers 1-36, 0, and 00. The numbers alternate in pairs of two odd numbers and two even numbers.

They also alternate from black to red. The 0 and 00 slots are both green as seen in the image to the left. A dealer, or croupier is the one who spins the wheel in one direction and subsequently rolls a small ball in the opposite direction. As the wheel slows down the ball drops into one of the numbered slots.
The Table
The table is laid out in such a way that the numbers, excluding 0 and 00, are placed into three columns, each having twelve numbers, the first row consisting of 1,2,3; the second row 4,5,6 and so on. The remainder of the table is dedicated to the collection of bets the game entails. Betting is broken down into two major categories, these are called ‘inside bets’ and ‘outside bets’. There is no set limit to the number of bets a player can place.

American Roulette Table Layout

Inside bets
Straight bets

This is when a player wagers that one particular number on the wheel will come up. The bet is made by placing a chip on the space of the number on which you want to bet. If the ball falls in the slot of that number you win, the payoff is 35 to 1.

Split bets

This bet is when a player wagers that one of two numbers that lie beside each other will win. In order to place this bet you put your chip on the line separating the two numbers you have chosen. As long as the ball lands on one of the two numbers, you win. This payoff is 17 to 1.

Street bet, Trio bet, or Three Number bet

In this particular instance the player is betting that any one of the numbers in a specific row will be hit on that spin. To place a bet, you must put your chip in the outside line of the row on which you’d like to wager. If any number in that row is hit, you win. The payout is 11 to 1.

Corner bet, Square bet, or Four-Number bet

With this bet a player is wagering that one of four numbers will be hit on the subsequent spin. The 4 numbers should all be touching and placing your chip into the center of the four numbers places the bet. Should one of the 4 numbers come up, you win. This wager pays 8 to 1.

Five-Number bet

This is when a player bets that either the 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3 will be hit on the next roll. To take this wager, you place a chip on the outside line that divides the 0 and 1. Providing one of these numbers comes up you’re paid 6 to 1.

Six Line bet

With this bet a player is wagering that one of six numbers in two side by side rows will come up. To take this bet you should place a chip in between two rows on the outside line. If the ball hits on any number in the two chosen rows, you will be paid 6 to 1.
Outside bets
Red

You are simply betting that the next number to win will be red. If the next number the ball lands on is red, you will be paid 1 to 1, or even money. This bet is made by placing a chip on the box marked “Red”.

Black

Similar to the previous wager but this time you are betting that the next number to come up will be black. If in fact the next number the ball lands on is black, you will be paid 1 to 1, or even money. To play this bet, you place a chip on the box marked “Black”.

Even

For this bet a player is wagering that the ball will land on an even number space. This bet does not include the 0 or the 00. The payout is 1 to 1. To play this bet, simply put your chip on the box marked “Even”.

Odd

With this wager you are betting that the ball will land on any odd number. The payout is 1 to 1 if the next number the ball lands on is odd. You should place a chip on the space marked “Odd” to play this bet.

Low bet

With this wager you are betting that the next number the ball lands on will be between 1 and 18. The payoff is 1 to 1. To place this bet, put a chip on the box marked “Low”.

High bet

For this bet you are wagering the next number will be somewhere between 19 and 36. The payout when you win is 1 to 1. To play the bet, just place a chip on the box marked “High”.

Dozen bet

A dozen bet divides the table into groups of numbers 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. To play, put a chip in one of the three boxes. These are marked “1st 12”, “2nd 12” or “3rd 12”. This bet if won will pay 2 to 1.

Column bet

This bets that one of the numbers in a particular column will be landed upon on the next spin. The payout is 2 to 1.  To enter the bet you place a chip at the end of the layout below the column you choose where it is marked “2 to 1”.
English Roulette
English roulette is very similar to American roulette except with English roulette there is no 00 space.