How to Play Roulette

Roulette is an easy game to play and one that offers an impressive choice of bets at a range of odds between 1/1 and 35/1. The game itself features a wheel with slots numbered 1 to 36. These numbers are red or black in equal measure. In European roulette there is an additional slot for the green number 0, and in American roulette there are two additional slots for a green 0 and 00. The aim of the game is to predict the slot in which a small ball will land when the roulette wheel stops spinning.

The presence of the zeros is what gives the house an edge in roulette, so the European game (with just one zero) has a lower house edge than the American one. Apart from that, the two versions of the game are identical.

Bets are made by placing chips on the appropriate area on the table. Bets are generally spoken of as being in two groups, referred to as inside bets and outside bets.

Roulette Outside Bet
Red or Black
Odd or Even
Low (1-18)
High (19-36)
Odds Paid
1 to 1
1 to 1
1 to 1
1 to 1
2 to 1
2 to 1

Roulette Inside Bet
Single Number
Split Numbers
Street Bet
Corner Bet
Five Number Bet
Line Bet
Odds Paid
35 to 1
17 to 1
11 to 1
8 to 1
6 to 1
5 to 1

Tips for playing Roulette

  • If you have the option of playing American roulette or European roulette, always choose European roulette because your odds are better when there is only one zero, as explained previously.
  • If you want to win regularly, you should restrict your betting to outside bets, as these give you a 48.64% chance of success for bets with odds of 1 to 1, or a 32.43% chance of success for bets with odds of 2 to 1 in the European game.
  • Remember that the roulette wheel has no memory, and that the odds of the next number being black or red are exactly the same on each spin - even if the other colour has appeared for the last eight spins.
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