The Basics of Roulette


Roulette has been a popular game of chance since the 17th century. It has many versions and variations, but it is a simple game that can be played by anyone. Players place bets on various numbers or combinations of numbers on the board and wait for the croupier to spin the wheel. Once the croupier has spun the wheel, the ball will fall into different pockets and the player who bets on the number the ball lands on wins.

The Game and the Wheel

There are two types of roulette wheels: American and European, both of which use a wooden wheel. The American version features a single green pocket for the zero and two black ones on either side of the wheel, while European roulette wheels feature 36 compartments numbered 1 to 36 with the exception of a 37th compartment that carries the sign 0.

Inside Bets

The bets you place on the table layout are known as “inside bets.” These are bets that fall within specific pockets or positions on the board. These bets are usually based on odds or the position of the pocket the ball will land in, such as odd or even, red or black.

Outside Bets

There are also a variety of outside bets that can be made on the roulette board. These include the High or Low bet, the Odd or Even bet, and the Passe et manque bet, which are all even-money bets.

Moreover, players can make split bets on the table map. These bets are also called “cheval” bets in French and are a great way to win big.

A common bet is the Street Bet, which consists of betting on a row of three numbers. This bet involves placing one chip on the outer border of the row and another chip on the middle of a number. If any of the numbers you bet on wins, you will win a payout of 11-1.

Announced Bets

The special announced roulette bets are most commonly found in French Roulette and are a part of the rules that must be learned. They are also present in online European Roulette variations but not all of them.

Neighbours Bets

The ‘neighbours’ bet in roulette is a five-number bet that covers the first 5 numbers on each of the adjacent sides on the wheel. This type of bet is only available in certain European roulette variations and is a great way to win more money.