Summary - Roulette is a casino table game played against the house where the player bets one different number and color combinations on the table.  The goal of the game is to place a winning bet that is determined by the spin of a wheel.

Casino roulette is one of the most popular casino table games and has long been a favourite with players since it is easy to learn and offers excellent payouts.  Roulette is a French word which means small wheel and the title is fitting since the game is played on a table with a small wheel and a large field of numbers.  Roulette is played by selecting different sections of numbers or color combinations on the roulette board with the hopes that the ball will land on your choice once the wheel has been spun by the croupier (roulette dealer).  When the wheel spins, a small ball is placed inside the wheel and will eventually land in a numbered and coloured groove within the wheel.  If the number/colour corresponds to your bet, you win!

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Roulette Betting Strategy

Before you actually begin playing casino roulette, it is highly recommended that you understand the different types of roulette betting options that are available to the player.  Below is an overview of various and their associated player payouts.

Roulette Table

Inside Bets - These are bets that are placed on the inside of the roulette table and all have higher payouts that outside bets since they are harder to win.

Straight Up This option allows you to bet on a specific number including the zeros. In American Roulette you have the choice of 0 38 pockets while European gives you 0 37. You win when the ball lands on your number.

Split Bet This options allows you to place your bets on any two numbers. You win if the ball lands on either number.

Street Bet To make a Street Bet you will place your chip (s) on any row of numbers where the line separates the inside and outside bets. A street bet will cover three numbers and you win when the ball lands on any one of those picks.

Corner Bet This bet is placed on the four numbers you choose with the four numbers connecting meaning a block. You win if the ball lands on your section.

Five Number Bet - This bet is only able to be made on a double zero table and will cover numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3.  Player wins is any of these numbers are hit.

Line Bet This bet replaced the 5 number bet on the American table and will allow you to place your chips at the end of the two rows at the intersection between them. This bet covers each number in that row, giving you six numbers to bet on. You win when the ball lands in the pocket covering any of those six numbers.

Outside Bets - Outside roulette bets are the safest types of bets to make since they are more likely to win, however are you might expect the payback is less.

Red or Black Simply put you will place your chip on the outside of the table in either the red or black section.

Even or Odd Similar to the Red or Black bets, the even or odds bet on the roulette wheel means you will be betting that the outcome of the ball will land on either an even number or an odd number.

High or Low Bets This bet allows you to bet on the ball landing on either high or low numbers. In this bet the table is split with high numbers ranging from 17-36 and low numbers spread between 1 16. If the ball lands in either the 0 or 00 pockets you lose your wager.

Dozens Bet This bet allows you to bet on a specific column. In this bet you will place your chips at the end of the column marked 2 to 1 and your bet will cover any of the numbers in that particular column. When placing this bet you will have three columns to choose from, 1 12, 13 24 and 25 36. The zero pockets do not count towards this bet which means if your ball lands in a zero pocket you lose.

Roulette Payouts & Roulette Odds

Below is an overview of the what each type of roulette bet pays back to the players.  Included is each type of bet possible with the associated payout odds.

Roulette Bet Payouts

  • Straight Up Number Bet - Pays 35:1
  • Split Bet  - Pays 17:1
  • Street Bet - Pays 11:1
  • Corner Bet - Pays 8:1
  • Line Bet - Pays 8:1
  • 5 Number Bet - Pays 6:1
  • Even or Odd Bet - Pays 1:1
  • High or Low Bet - Pays 1:1
  • Dozens Bet - Pays 2:1

Odds of Winning Different Roulette Bets

  • Straight Up Odds - 2.63% (American Roulette)  2.70% (European Roulette)
  • Split Bet Odds - 5.26% (American Roulette) 5.40% (European Roulette)
  • Street Bet Odds - 7.89% (American Roulette) 8.10% (European Roulette)
  • Corner Bet Odds - 10.52% (American Roulette) 10.81% (European Roulette)
  • 5 Number Bet Odds - 13.15% (American Roulette) 13.51% (European Roulette)
  • Line Bet Odds - 15.78% (American Roulette) 16.21% (European Roulette)
  • Red / Black Odds - 47.36% (American Roulette) 48.64% (European Roulette)
  • Even / Odd Bet - 47.36% (American Roulette) 48.64% (European Roulette)
  • High / Low Odds - 47.36% (American Roulette) 48.64% (European Roulette)
  • Dozen Bet Odds - 31.57% (American Roulette) 32.43% (European Roulette)

American Roulette & European Roulette

American Roulette is the most common type of roulette game that you would expect to find in most US and Canadian land based casinos.  This form of the game includes a roulette wheel with 00, 0, and the numbers 1-36, working out for a total of 38 different straight winning combinations.  Outside bets are also available to players and in some casinos progressive roulette is offered for 5 numbers in a row.

European Roulette is similar to American Roulette however in European there is only one 0 on the board and some additional rules for players.  This type of roulette would be found throughout Europe and Latin American countries.  Rule differences between European & American roulette include a surrender rule whereby players get half their bet back if the ball lands on 0, which is included in European games.  The other major difference is that no 5 number bets are permitted in European.