Online roulette is a game of chance, so you might think knowing the roulette rules is pointless. But it isn’t. Knowledge after all is power!
Number sequence & table layout
The roulette wheel has pockets numbered from 1 to 36. Numbers are either in red or in black depending on where they are situated – from 1 to 10 and 19 to 28, odd numbers are red while even numbers are black; from 11 to 18 and 29 to 36, odd numbers are black and even numbers red.
The betting area on a roulette table is known as the layout, and this is either a single zero layout (European) or a double zero layout (American). A single zero wheel will have one green pocket numbered zero, while a double zero wheel will have a second green pocket numbered zero as well. In online roulette you have the choice to play either single zero or double zero roulette.
The House advantage / edge / average
The European single zero variant has a house advantage of 2.63% while the American double zero has a house advantage of 5.26%. The percentage represents how much of your bet you are going to lose to the house on average with each spin of the wheel. The payouts for each bet in both versions are the same, but the extra 00 number provides another opportunity to lose money in American Roulette. You stand a better chance of winning at European Roulette.
Types of bets
Inside bets have bigger payouts. Examples of Inside bets:
- Single / straight number bet is placed on the middle of a number square.
- Split bet is placed on the line between two adjoining numbers – either vertical or horizontal.
- Street bet is placed on three numbers on a single horizontal line.
- Corner / square bet is on four numbers in a square layout.
- Six line / Double street bet is on two adjoining street bets, as if it was between where two street bets would have been placed.
- Trio is a bet reserved for single zero layouts and placed on the intersecting point between 0, 1 & 2, etc.
- Basket is a bet reserved for double zero layouts – the chips are placed at the intersection of three desired numbers e.g. 0, 1 & 2. This bet offers the worst roulette odds on the table so avoid it.
- Top line is a bet placed either at the corner of 0 and 1 (single zero roulette), or the corner of 00 and 3 (double zero roulette).
- Outside bets have smaller payouts, but the odds of winning are bigger. Example of outside bets:
- 1 to 18 (Manque) – bet on one of the first low eighteen numbers.
- 19 to 36 – bet on one of the final eighteen numbers.
- Red or Black – bet on whatever colour you think the roulette wheel will show.
- Even or odd – bet on even or odd number, not zero.
- Dozen – bet on the first (1 to 12), second (13 to 24), or third group (25 to 36) of twelve numbers.
- Column – bet on all 12 numbers on any of the three vertical lines.
A bet on one number only (the single or straight up bet) pays 35 to 1. A two numbers or split bet pays 17 to 1. A three number bet or street bet pays 11 to 1. A four number bet or corner bet pays 8 to 1. A six number bet pays 5 to 1. The outside dozen or column bet pays 2 to 1 while the outside even money bets pays 1 to 1.
Let’s be clear! There is no roulette strategy that can guarantee you profit. Apart from choosing European Roulette over American Roulette and staying away from sucker bets, it really is all down to chance. There are some basic Roulette Tips you can follow though to help you along though. And always remember to manage your bankroll wisely. The best roulette strategy is to play smartly, but when it all comes down to it, it’s either going to go your way or it isn’t. Luck is the rule breaker!