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Learn how to Play Roulette

Basics of Roulette

Roulette is one of the most popular casino games both online and live, simply because it allows players to win a high prize from a little bet and because it has a very small house edge compared to other casino games. Roulette has been played since 1796 and was invented in France, where the name Roulette actually means "little wheel".

The game itself is rather simple as you will post your bet on either the number(s) that you believe it will hit, on the colour it will land on, on a series of numbers it will land on or on odd/even. The dealer will then put the small ball on the wheel and when it lands in a number the outcome has been decided. This provides a completely random outcome every time, which cannot be manipulated or guessed pre-handed by the casino or dealer.

If you win you will then be paid accordingly with the payout scheme of the table and if you lose then the casino takes your chips and you have to try again. Winning bets will commonly stay on the table for the next spin unless you remove them yourself, which means that if you don't think that you will win on the bet again in the next spin then you have to remove the chips yourself before the spin begins.

House Edge

Depending on where in the world you are playing, you will commonly find two different types of roulette tables, the American and French/European roulette. The main difference between the two lies in the amount of numbers on the wheel, which in the American is 36 numbers plus a 0 and 00, while the French/European has 36 numbers plus a 0 only.

The biggest difference between the two lies in the house edge, which is much higher in the American wheel than in the French/European wheel. Since the American wheel has a double zero it means that the odds of you hitting a colour or a number goes down significantly and you will have to always take the extra number into consideration.

Let's have a look at the house edge for the two different roulette wheels:

The French/European wheel has an overall house edge of 2.7% depending on what you bet on.

The American wheel has a house edge of 5.26% depending on what you are betting on.

As you can see the casino has almost double the house edge on the American wheel, which is why we always recommend the players to play the French/European wheel as the payouts are exactly the same for both games. 

Betting Possibilities

When you play roulette there are different ways to bet and win. Let's have a look at some of the most common bets you can place:

Number(s) (Straight Up): Betting on one or more numbers directly on the board is a very popular method of betting, as it provides the highest payout of any bet you can do. You simply put your chips on the number(s) that you believe the ball will land on and if you win you receive your prize/

Two Number Bet (Split): When you bet on two numbers next to each other with one or more chips, then you are doing a split. This means that you put the chips on the line so it covers two numbers at once and if you win you receive a payout accordingly.

Three Number Bet (Street): Betting on three numbers is referred to as a line and is similar to the methods mentioned above.

Four Number Bet (Corner): is similar to the split, where you place a chip so that its corners touches four different numbers.

Six Number Bet (Line): Is similar to the three number bet, but instead you will be betting on six numbers in total.

Odd/Even: As the name suggest this is when you place a bet on the ball landing on an odd or even number.

Low/High: Low/High is when you place a bet on the ball landing on either low (1-18) or on high (19-36).

Red/Black: Is when you place a bet on the ball landing on either red or black on the wheel.

Outside Dozen: Is when you place a bet on the ball to land from either 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.

Columns: Is when you place a bet in one of the three columns and the numbers included in these. You can see the columns easily marked on the table.


When you are playing roulette, it is important to know exactly what you will receive in return for winning. Below you can find the payout scheme that almost all casinos in the world follows. The highest payouts are from guessing the exact number that the ball will land in, while the lowest odds comes from guessing the color or if it will be odd or even:

A bet on a number (Straight-Up) pays 35 to 1.

A two-number bet, also referred to as a Split pays 17 to 1.

A three-number bet, called a Street pays 11 to 1.

A four-number bet, known as a Corner pays 8 to 1.

A six-number bet, known as Line pays 5 to 1.

A bet on the outside Dozen or Column pays 2 to 1.

A bet on Red/Black, Odds/Even, or Low/High pays 1 to 1.

Game Play Rules

Playing roulette is rather simple, but there are some things that you need to be aware of when you play. Here are some of the basic rules that you need to be aware of when playing live and online roulette.

Minimum/Maximum bet: All tables have a minimum and maximum betting amount, which varies from the type of bet you will be doing (Numbers, colours and so on). The minimum and maximum betting amounts will always be shown directly on the table, but if in doubt always ask the dealer.

Called Bets: Called bets are when you announce that you would like to bet $XXX on the table while the ball is spinning, without putting down the money to cover it. These bets are illegal in many casinos and jurisdictions and will commonly not be accepted, but in some casinos they will accept it and you will have to cover if you lose.

Announced Bets: Announced bets are when you announce that you want to place a bet on the board while the ball is spinning and instantly put down the money to cover the bet. This is legal in most casinos and will in general be accepted.

No More Bets: As the name indicates, this means that you are not allowed to change any bets or do any new bets, as the ball is about to land on a number on the wheel. While it sounds like a simple and logical rule, many roulette players have a hard time following these rules which then leads to them not being allowed to play anymore at the table.

If you manage to follow these simple rules, then you can enjoy playing roulette in peace and the dealers will also be very happy as there will be no problems.

How to Win

Everyone can win in roulette, as it is just a matter of placing a bet correctly. There are no strategies that can make you a winning player long term, so just place a bet on whatever you feel like and hope that you have some good luck at the spin.