Roulette, the Spinning “Little Wheel”

Roulette is a French word which means a “little wheel”. The game, in its present form, has been played in Paris since 1796.

How to Play

In Roulette, players can choose to place a wager on a number of different offers that are laid out on the table; ‘Outside’ and ‘Inside’ bets. Where you place your bet is important because it determines your odds. Generally, a punt on a single number “a Straight-up” gets you the highest odds at 36 to1 in the European/French version (numbers 0-37) with a single Zero, and 37-1 in the American version with numbers (0-38) with double Zeros. It’s important to know the difference between the two versions before playing.

You place your bet, which can be on a number, odd or even, or red or black, the Croupier releases the white ball into the spinning wheel, and where the ball lands determines the winner.

The Table Lay Out

The table wagering area is known as the layout. The layout is either single zero European/French or double zeros American. The American style roulette table with the wheel at the end has become the norm in most casinos. The centred wheel, the French style, is resigned to the Roulette museums and to Monte Carlo casinos.

The area of the layout comprises of 12 rows and 3 columns containing the 36 numbers of the roulette wheel. At the top sits the Zero/s. Also, remember that number sequences on two tables differ.

  • Bets: ‘Dozen Bets’, betting on 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or from 35 to 36, then Odd and Even, and Red and Black.
  • The House Edge: for American roulette is 5.26% and the European 2.7%. Most players prefer to play the American double zero version of roulette. Check it out and see which version you like.