Roulette is probably the simplest game to understand in the online casino but it also has one of the worst odds in the casino gaming. If you are looking for a game that is easy to understand, but you are willing to sacrifice on the house edge, then roulette might be your game. Let’s start with a short explanation of what the game Roulette really is.
What is Roulette
Roulette is a casino and gambling game named after the French word meaning “small wheel”. In the game, a croupier spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular surface running around the circumference of the wheel. The ball eventually falls onto the wheel and into one of 37 (in European Roulette) or 38 (in American Roulette) colored and numbered pockets on the wheel.
The Roulette Wheel
The main pockets are numbered from 1 to 36 alternating between red and black, but the pockets are not in numerical order around the wheel, and there are instances of consecutive numbers being the same colour. There is a green pocket numbered 0, and in American Roulette, there is also a second green pocket marked 00.
Roulette Table Layout
Players can place a variety of ‘inside’ bets (selecting the number of the pocket the ball will land in, or range of pockets based on their position), and ‘outside’ bets (including bets on various positional groupings of pockets, pocket colours, or whether it is odd or even).
The payout odds for each type of bet are based on its probability. There are usually posted rules for table minimum and maximum bets, and these rules usually apply separately for all of a player’s ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ bets for each spin.
Progression of the Game
In Roulette, the first thing that has to be done is a bet has to be placed, that is, the amount of money that you are going to wager, and where you want to place the bet, i.e., which number or combination of numbers.
The dealer will spin the wheel, which will spin multiple times until the ball finally chooses a slot to drop into, which will become the winning number.
Players can bet on an individual number, any combinations of numbers, red or black and odd or even numbers. If a player bets on an individual number and the number is where the ball drops, then the payoff is 35 to 1.
Players can also choose to bet a combination of numbers if they wish as well. For instance, a player may want to bet on four numbers and can’t decide which one so he may place the bet in the corner of all four numbers. For example, 10-11-13-14 corner and if one of the numbers is the winning number on the spin, then the wager will pay off at an 8 to 1 payoff.
The Roulette wheel’s bets payoff anywhere from 2 to 1 all the way up to 35 to 1.
Most online tables will indicate what the table minimum is as well as reinstate the rules of the game through the help function.
Roulette Betting Types
Straight Bet: a single number. The chip is placed entirely on the middle of a number square.
Split Bet: a bet on two adjoining numbers, either on the vertical or horizontal (as in 14-17 or 8-9). The chip is placed on the line between these numbers.
Street Bet: a bet on three numbers on a single horizontal line. The chip is placed on the edge of a line of a number at the end of the line (either the left or the right, depending on the layout).
Corner Bet (or square): a bet on four numbers in a square layout (as in 11-12-14-15). The chip is placed at the horizontal and vertical intersection of the lines around the numbers.
Sixline Bet (or ‘sixaine’): a bet on two adjoining streets, with the chip placed at the corresponding intersection, as if in between where two street bets would be placed.
Even Money Bets: a bet on 18 numbers. This is placed in the box representing the attribute (black/red/low/high/even/odd) that you wish to bet on.
Group Bets: a bet on the first, second, or third group of twelve numbers.
Column: a bet on all 12 numbers on any of the three vertical lines (such as 1-4-7-10 on down to 34). The chip is placed in the space below the final number in this string.
Advanced Betting Options
Once you have mastered the basics of the roulette wheel, why not take a look at some of the more advanced betting options available to you.
Many online casinos have an Advanced Betting section that allows you to place 1 bet which will place chips of an equal value on numbers relevant to that type of bet.
This is best in French roulette, which has 1 zero as opposed to American roulette which has 2. The odds are therefore, better. We would always advise steering away from American roulette when you have the option.
A lot of players who enjoy roulette feel that the advanced bets available in French roulette, and often on European roulette online too, enhance the chances of winning as you cover a particular area of the wheel as opposed to random numbers. They feel that in a land-based casino if the dealer spins the ball in the same direction and at the same speed each time, it will finish an equal number of slots away as the previous spin, and by covering this area they maximise their chances of getting a win. This doesn’t apply to an online casino which uses a random number generator to provide results, but many players follow this type of bet online too.
Some players also feel that rules, known as En Prison and La Partage in French Roulette, give an enhanced payout as well. Many people attribute the introduction of these to the increasing interest in Roulette both online and offline as more and more players decide to try the game.
The bets mentioned above are Call Bets but are often referred to by players as Special Bets. They back a set amount of Straight numbers as opposed to Even Chance Bets or Corner Bets, so the payouts are reasonably high despite the number of bets used.
Voisins du Zero, Tiers du Cylindre, Orphelins in Plein and Orphelins en Cheval are the 4 most common Special bets found in casinos both online and offline. These are all French terms although English speaking players are better off using the relevant translations in order to better understand how these Special Bets work.
Voisins du Zero
This means essentially ‘Neighbours of zero’. This is a bet which covers all the numbers adjacent to zero on the wheel.
When we mention a Neighbours bet, we are referring to all the number either side of the relevant number, including the number itself, as you will see from the image above.
See the above table layout for a detailed instruction on how to play it. Normally, of course, you will just select this bet from the expert menu if you are playing online roulette, or you will just call it out to the croupier.
The Voisins Du Zero is a 9 chip bet that covers 16 numbers on either side of the zero. Including 0 itself, it covers 17 numbers. The further away you get from Zero, the fewer chips are bet.
Starting from 22 on a wheel, it covers 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, the number zero, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2 and 25. 9 chips are on split bets, the trio, and a corner bet. (or multiples of 9, if you were to bet 18, for example, it would double the amounts bet on the below example)
On the above example, we have bet 10 chips on the 0,2,3 trio 5 on the 4/7 split 5 on 12/15 split 5 on 18/21 split 5 on 19/22 split 10 on 25/26/28/29 corner 5 on 32/35.
Although it looks complicated and time-consuming when viewed as above, especially as there is often little time between spins, it should be noted that there is normally an Advanced option when playing online which will automatically allow you to bet the above with one click. Similarly, if you ask a croupier to place a Voisins Du Zero bet in a land-based casino, they will be able to do so in double-quick time.
Tiers Du Cylindre
This is a similar kind of bet to the Voisins Du Zero bet but covers 12 numbers on the opposite side of the wheel.
Starting at the number 33, it covers all numbers round to 27.
The range is 33, 16, 24, 5, 10, 23, 8, 30, 11, 36, 13 and 27. These are all Split bets of equal amounts. The total bet is 6 units and returns 18 units, including your stake if any of the numbers come in.
This is the 2nd most popular Special Bet behind the Voisins Du Zero and comes in 32% of the time.
You may have noticed that the Voisins du Zero and Tiers du Cylindre bets cover a lot of numbers between the remaining numbers, 8 in total, are covered by another bet, the Orphelins. This literally translates to the Orphans bet.
It covers 2 sections on the wheel, from 17 round to 6 (17, 34 and 6) and on the other side, 9 round to 1 (9, 31, 14, 20 and 1).
There are 2 different types of Orphelins bet which differs in terms of the chips and types of bet, although the numbers are the same in both.
The most common is the Orphelins en Cheval bet. It covers 8 numbers with 5 chips using a combination of Split and Straight Up bets.
The only Straight Up bet covers the number 1 with 4 Split bets covering 6 & 9, 14 & 17, 17 & 20 and 31 & 34.
Orphelins en Cheval bet layout
The main difference between this and the other Orphelins bet, the Orphelins en Plein bet, is that this one uses only Straight Up bets. It does cost more but the rewards are greater on all except the 1 (which is covered as a Straight bet in Orphelins en Cheval) and the 17 (this is covered twice as a Split bet in Orphelins en Cheval).
Orphelins en Pleit layout
As with the other Special bets, there will be a section in the Advanced Options when playing online to place either of these with one click, or in a land-based casino, the croupier will be happy to help place the bet/s quickly for you.
The next strategies are much easier to learn and we recommend them to our beginner players.
Roulette is a game that is easy to understand, but most of the time the easier the game is to understand the greater the house edge and with roulette, this is no different. Ever since the roulette wheel was invented in the 17th-century people have been trying to beat the house edge with their betting systems. While betting systems can increase the fun level of gambling and might give you an edge, do not expect to get rich on them. You can win in the short term but it has been proven the casino usually wins in the end. With our roulette strategy we will show you:
Two strategies that work
How to use every edge to increase your odds
A good short-term Roulette strategy
Most strategy involved in Roulette is related to which bets to place. We will discuss this next in the Part II.