Roulette is one of the most popular table games in the world. Although at first glance, the game may appear quite complicated, it is actually a very simple game that anyone can understand and play.
The wheel has 36 numbers and a zero (0). Players can bet on any number (directly on the number), a combination of numbers, or on red or black, or on even or odd.
Money is given to the croupier in exchange for coloured chips.
There are from one to seven colours at each roulette table. Each player gets a different colour to prevent errors and disagreements over betting.
If the number you want to bet on is already covered by a chip, don't worry. It is acceptable to place your chips on top of others.
Coloured chips are not exchanged at the cashier's window; only the currency chips.
When you are ready to leave the table, turn in all of the coloured chips you have won and ask the croupier to give you currency chips.
(remember that colour chips are not used at other roulettes and their value is equal to the minimum bet limit at each table)
- Bet on a single number (French: En plein or Sec, English: Straight up)
The player bets on a single number with a payout of 35 to 1.
- Bet on any two adjoining numbers (French: A Cheval, English: Split)
The player places a chip or chips on the line separating two adjoining numbers. The payout on either one of the two numbers is 17 to 1.
- Bet on three numbers - three bet or street bet (French: Transversale, English: Street ή Row)
The chips are placed at the beginning of an horizontal line or row of three numbers on the layout. The payout on any of these numbers is 11 to 1.
- Bet on four numbers (French: Carre, English: Corner)
The player or croupier places a chip at the horizontal and vertical intersection of the lines between the four numbers (in the middle of the cross). If the ball stops at any of the four numbers, the player is paid eight times the amount of the bet.
- Bet on six numbers (French: Sixainne, English: Six Line)
The chip or chips are placed on the line separating the two adjoining streets or rows to include the six numbers. The payout on this bet is 5 to 1.
- Bet on a dozen (French: Douzaine, English: Dozen)
The bet on a dozen is placed on one of the special sections on the layout corresponding to one of the three dozens of numbers. The "1st 12" covers numbers from 1 to 12; the "2nd 12" covers numbers 13 to 24; and the "3rd 12" covers numbers from 25 to 36. Bets placed in the "1st 12" win if the ball stops on a number from 1 to 12; the same applies for bets placed in the other dozen positions. The payout on a winning dozen is 2 to 1.
- Bet on a column (French: Colonne, English: Column)
Bets are placed in a vertical column that includes 12 numbers. The betting area is at the edge of the table (the position furthest from zero). The first column covers numbers 1, 4 , 7, 10 etc., up to 34; the second, numbers 2, 5, 8, 11 etc., up to 35; and the third, numbers 3, 6, 9, 12 etc., up to 36. The payout on a column bet is 2 to 1.
- Bet on red/black (French: Rouge, English: (Red) and black (French: Noire, English: Black)
If a chip is placed on the area marked "Red" (or on the red diamond) and the ball stops on a red number, the bet wins a payout of 1 to 1. The same applies to black, placing the bet on the area marked "Black" (or on the black diamond).
- Bet on odd/even numbers (French: Impaire, English: Odd) or even (French: Pair, English: Even)
If a chip is placed on the area marked "Odd" and the ball stops on an odd number, the bet wins a payout of 1 to 1. The same applies to even numbers, placing the bet on the area marked "Even".
- Bet on low/high numbers (1-18, French: Manque, English: Low numbers) or high numbers (19-36, French: Passe, English: High numbers)
If the chip is placed on the layout marked "1-18" and one of the numbers in that group wins, the bet wins. The payout on this bet is 1 to 1. The same applies to bets placed on the area marked "19-36".
When zero wins, the payout is 35 to 1, and all bets on dozens, columns, red, black, odd, even, high (19-36) and low (1-18) lose.