How to Play Roulette

Own The Roulette Table

Walking up to a roulette table with a grid of numbers and symbols with chips scattered all over the felt can be somewhat intimidating to a new player. In its most basic form, however, roulette is a very simple game to learn and play bet online or the comfort of your home. The basic premise is a player makes a bet that covers a particular outcome of the wheel. This may be a straight bet on a number, a bet that the result will be odd or even, or that the outcome will be red or black.

Whatever the case, the player makes the bet, the dealers spins the wheel and ball in opposite directions, and eventually the ball falls into a numbered slot and the dealer pays out all winning bets based on the result of the free spin. For example, let’s say my favorite number is 31. I place a bet on number 31, we’ll use one dollar to make the math simple, and if the ball lands in the number 31, I get paid back a total of 36 dollars. One dollar is my returned bet, and 35 dollars are winnings based on 35 to 1 payout odds.

Notice this does not reflect the true odds of the game of roulette. In a double zero game, there are 38 total slots on the wheel making the odds for the ball landing in any slots 37 to 1. This difference in payout odds to true odds represents the house advantage. The house advantage is 5.26 percent for double zero wheels and 2.7 percent for single zero wheels. Adoption of the en-prison rule for the single zero game lowers the advantage all the way to 1.3 percent.

In addition to online betting straight up on a number, many other bets can be made. The description of each possible bet follows here, along with the associated odds paid for a winning wager.

Single Number: A betting made on any number straight up pays at 35 to 1 odds.
Two Numbers (split): A bet placed on the line between two numbers will win if the ball lands on either number pays at 17 to 1 odds.
Three Numbers (street): A bet place on the line at the end of the column of three numbers pays at 11 to 1 odds.
Four Numbers: A bet placed on the corner between four numbers pays at 8 to 1 odds.
First Five: A bet on double zero wheel including 0, 00, 1, 2, 3 pays at 6 to 1 odds.
Six Line: A bet placed on the column intersection for two columns covering six numbers pays at 5 to 1 odds.
Group of 12: A bet covering one third of the wheel, either 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 25 to 36 pays at 2 to 1 odds.
Half Wheel: A bet covering the first or second half of the numbers, 1 to 18 or 19 to 39, pays at even odds.
Red or Black: A bet that the next Free spin will be red or black pays even odds.
Odd or Even: A bet that the next spin will be odd or even pays even odds.