The game of roulette can be found in casinos around the globe, and it remains a popular option for both online and land-based gamblers. This article looks at the basics of the game, from the odds and betting options to rules for both American and European versions.

American vs European

While a few betting options differ, the biggest difference between American and European roulette is this: the European wheel has 36 numbers and a zero (2.70% house edge), while the American wheel also adds a 00 (5.26% house edge).

Rules of Play

The first step in playing roulette is to convert your cash into chips. Once this has been done, look over the felt layout and decide what wagers you wish to make. When you’ve determined this, carefully place your chips on the area corresponding to your wager or ask the dealer to do it.

Once all wagers are made, the wheel begins to spin. Next, the roulette ball is set spinning in the opposite direction. Once the ball comes to rest in a pocket, winners are announced and receive their payouts. All losing wagers are collected by the house, and then the next round of betting begins.

Roulette Betting Options

The following are the types of bets that can be made in the game of roulette:

Odd or Even Bets – The player bets on whether the winning number is odd or even. A payout is issued if they guess correctly. Odds are 19 to 18 (French) and 1.111 to 1 (American).

Black or Red Bets – Since all pockets on a roulette wheel are colored red or black, the player may wager on which color is going to turn up during the next spin. Odds are 19 to 18 (French) and 1.111 to 1 (American).

Straight Up Bets – The player chooses a specific number and wagers on it being the winning pocket during the next spin. While the payout is respectable, this betting option offers the worst possible odds in the game. Odds of winning are 36 to 1 (French) and 37 to 1 (American).

Dozen Bets – The betting layout includes three groups, each comprised of a dozen numbers. These include 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. Odds are 25 to 12 (French) and 2.167 to 1 (American).

Square Bets – Also referred to as a “corner” bet, this wager requires the player to select four numbers on the layout that form a square. An example would be 16, 17, 19, and 20. Odds are 33 to 4 (French) and 8.5 to 1 (American).

Column Bets – A wager on one of the three vertical rows of numbers on the layout. For example, a wager on the first row would commit the player to the following numbers: 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and 34. Odds are 25 to 12 (French) and 2.167 to 1 (American).

Top Line Bets – Player wagers on 0, 00, 1, 2, and3. This is only available in the American version, and it offers odds of 6.6 to 1.

High Bets – A number from 19 to 36 wins this wager, as they are considered the high digits. Odds are 19 to 18 (French) and 1.111 to 1 (American).

Row Bets – Player wins if the 0 or 00 turns up. Only offered on the American version at 18 to 1 odds.

Low Bets – The player wins if the ball lands on a number from 1 to 18, as these are considered the low numbers. Odds are 19 to 18 (French) and 1.111 to 1 (American).

Street Bets – A wager on three numbers that are positioned together in a horizontal line. Odds are 34 to 3 (French) and 11.667 to 1 (American).

Split Bets – The player places their bet on two numbers, but the pair must be connected horizontally or vertically. Odds are 35 to 2 (French) and 18 to 1 (American).

Five Number Bets – This wager pays out if 1, 2, 3, 0, or 00 hit. It’s only available in the American version of the game.

Trio Bets – Only available in the European version of the game, players can wager on one of the following trios: 0, 1, 2 or 0, 2, 3.

Six Line Bets – Any six numbers taken from two of the horizontal lines on the layout. An example would be 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21. Odds are 31 to 6 (French) and 5.33 to 1 (American).

Basket Bets – Player wagers on one of three combinations: 0, 00, 2; 00, 2, 3; or 0, 1, 2. Odds are 34 to 3 (French) and 11.667 to 1 (American).

Roulette is impossible to master, but understanding the basics of the game can at least help you avoid making wagers with a high house edge. The most important tip I can provide is to concentrate on having fun instead of turning a profit.