Roulette is probably the simplest casino game next only to slot machines where the player has to put money and pull a lever or push a button. There is actually nothing to learn about the roulette game except how and where to place your bets. And that is exactly what you will find here.

First, you might need to check the minimum and and maximum bets you can place on a number or numbers. Next, select the color of your chips. Then, a round of game initiates when the croupier asks everybody to ‘place your bets, please’; you place yours. He then waits for a little while and spins the roulette wheel and a small ball. When the ball and the wheel are slowing down, the croupier declares ‘no more bets’. After which the ball falls into into one of the numberd grooves of the wheel – the winning number for the round.

You may place your bets on one or more of the 37 (or 38) numbers, or on a group of numbers. There are two types of roulettes: European Roulette and American Roulette. In the European version there is only one ’0′; in the American version there are two zeros denoted by ’0′ and ’00′. In both types the rest of the numbers run from 1 to 36. So, the European version has 37 numbers to bet on while the American version has 38. Consequently, the chance of winning is better in the European version.

In general the payouts of a bet, for every unit of money wagered, can be calculated from the formula 36/n, where n is the number of numbers covered by a single bet, and the winnings from 36/n – 1. For example, if you place a bet on a single number, then n=1, so, the payout will be 36/1 = 36 for every unit of money. That is, the winnings will be 35 to 1 (since 1 is your wager). If you place a $5 bet on a spot that covers twelve numbers, you will be paid 3*$5 = $15, since 36/12=3. Here the winnings are 2:1 (win two for every 1 wagered)

The following is the list of common bets on a roulette game and what they pay.

Inside Bets
  • Straight up bet: A bet placed directly on any single number. pays 35:1
  • Split bet: A bet covering two numbers. The chip is placed on the line between any two adjacent numbers. pays 17:1
  • Street bet: A bet covering three numbers. The chip is placed at the end of any row of numbers. Bets placed at the junctions of ’0, 1, 2′ and ’0, 2, 3′ are also considered to be street bets. Pays 11:1
  • Corner bet (also called square bet or quarter bet): A bet covering four numbers. The chip is placed on the corner where any four numbers meet. A bet placed on ‘0, 1, 2, 3’ is also considered to be a corner bet. Pays 8:1
  • Line bet (also called Sixline bet): A bet covering six numbers. The chip is placed on two adjoining streets. Pays 5:1
  • Additionally, for American roulette, we have the Five-number bet which covers ’0,00,1,2,3′ and pays 6:1, and the Row 00 bet which covers 0 and 00 and pays 17:1.
Outside Bets
  • Dozen bet: Covers 12 numbers. The chip is placed in one of the boxes marked ’1-12′, ’13-24′ or ’25-36′. Pays 2:1
  • Column bet: Covers 12 numbers. The chip is placed in one of the boxes at the bottom of a column. Pays 2:1
  • Red/blackeven/odd1-18/19-36: Each one of these covers 18 numbers. The chip is placed on the respective boxes. Pay 1:1. Note that ’0′ is not covered by any of these, but if ’0′ is the winner, half the bet is returned.
  • Depending on the rules of the casino you may also place your bets on adjacent dozens or on adjacent columns to cover 24 numbers. They pay 0.5:1


All the above payments can be computed from our formula 36/n – 1. For instance, a Linebet covers 6 numbers, therefore, 36/6 – 1 = 5, and consequently, it pays 5:1

Numbers Arrangement on Roulette Wheels

Suppose you place $100 on number 20, and the winner was 21, would you say “Oh my God, that was close”? If you do, you would be wrong since 21 is not close to 20 at all. The numbers close to 20 are 1 and 14 in the European wheel, and 7 and 32 in the American wheel.

Although not necessary to play the game, it is very helpful to study the arrangement of the numbers on the roulette wheel. Especially, if you have the feeling that the ball will land on a certain region of the wheel, you may wish to place bets on all the numbers in that region as staright up. For instance, to cover the numbers around 20 in the European wheel, you should place bets on 1,14,31,33,9,16, as can be seen on diagram below.

In fact, there is a type of bet placement called “XX and neighbors“, which means that you want to place bets on the number XX as well as on its two left neighbors and on its two right neighbors, covering a total of 5 numbers. “0 and its neighbors” will cover 0,26,32,3,15″.


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