We have all seen the roulette wheel, at least once, as well as people betting on a certain number and color. But the rules of roulette are unfamiliar to most except the punters and those interested in roulette and game developers who make the online versions.
Roulette is straightforward, yet there are things you might want to pick up before you go and place your next bet. Going in blindly is something you should avoid in general, and especially with gambling. Vaguely knowing the rules is most likely going to lose you money. Here is how roulette is played and what you can expect once you approach the table.
Roulette Rules – More than a Spinning Wheel
There are two kinds of roulette, European and American. European roulette has 37 numbers, one of which is a 0. American roulette has 38 numbers, having a double zero number.
The rules of roulette are simple, but the number of different bets is what attracts people, especially in Europe, where the house has less of an edge.
The roulette mat is in different languages, having black and red numbers and names for different bets. The names are mostly in French, except for the American roulette which has the names in English.
A Plethora of Bets
You can bet on a lot of things in roulette and here is a list of them. The first word shows the English name and the second its French counterpart.
- Red – Rouge – Any red number
- Black – Noir – Any black number
- Even – Pair – Any even number
- Odd – Impair – Any odd number
- Low bet – Manque – Any number between 1 and 18
- High bet – Passe – Any number between 19 and 36
- First Dozen – Premiere Douzaine – Any of the first dozen numbers
- Second Dozen – Moyenne Douzaine – Any of the second dozen numbers
- Third Dozen – Dernier Douzaine – Any of the third dozen numbers
- Column bet – Colonne – Any of the numbers in a column, there being 3 different columns
- Line bet – Sixain – Any six numbers from two different rows
- Corner bet – Carre – Any four numbers you pick
- Street bet – Carre transversale – Any three numbers from the same row
- Split bet – En Chaval – Any adjacent pair of numbers
- Straight up – En plein – A single number
The plethora of bets attracts people, and you lose your bet if the ball falls on zero od double zero, unless you bet on it as well as anything other than what you bet on.