Roulette is a game that’s so simple to play a lengthy rulebook is not needed, but there definitely are a few ins and outs you need to know before playing.
In roulette the dealer operates a spinning wheel and the table is lined with various squares and spaces for wagering. The objective of the game is to correctly guess where the ball will land after being shot onto the spinning wheel.
American roulette wheels are divided into 38 spaces, including the numbers 1-36, along with 0 and 00. In the European version of the game only the single 0 is used, which reduces the house edge by half.
Half of the numbers on a roulette wheel are red spaces, the other half represents black spaces, and both the 0 and 00 spaces are green. These green spaces are considered to be house spaces because their inclusion on the wheel is what gives the casino an edge over players.
When it comes to rules in roulette, the gameplay is defined by the various wagers available to the player. These are divided into the inside bets and the outside bets, and knowing the wagering options available to you as a player is perhaps the most important part of learning the game’s rules.
The inside betting area contains a 3x12 grid with 12 rows and three columns. This grid is filled in with the numbers 1-36 in sequential order. So the first row holds 1-3, the next row 4-7, and on down the line. The first column holds a chain of numbers stretching from 1-4-7-10 and onward to 34. Above this grid are two more spaces for the 0 and 00, as players can also bet that the ball will land on the house spaces.
The most common inside bet is to simply wager on a number, or more than one number, while hoping that the ball lands on one of the numbers chosen. This is an unlikely occurrence of course, but the house pays out at 35 to 1 on winners, which makes this an extremely popular bet for casual gamblers. To bet on a number, players place a chip (or more than one) within the square containing that number.
Another inside bet is the split bet, which means you’re wagering on two different numbers with the same chip(s). To make a split bet, you place your chip on the line dividing two number squares, and if either of these numbers is landed on, winners are paid out at 17 to 1.
The street bet means you’re wagering on three consecutive numbers (13-14-15), and to make this bet you place your chip slightly to the outside of the grid near the row you prefer. Winning street bets pay out at 11 to 1. A corner bet is a wager on four different numbers simultaneously, with your chip placed at the four-corner intersection of four squares. Winning corner bets pay 8 to 1.
The outside betting area is for wagering on the color that the ball will land on (1 to 1 payout), along with various other wagers. Outside bets include the dozen bet, made on either 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36 (pays 2 to 1), and the column bet, made on any of the three inside bet columns (pays 2 to 1).
One of the most basic rules of casino roulette holds that players must use special chips while betting. These chips are a different color for each player, aren’t used in any other casino game on the floor, and they can’t be cashed in at the cage for currency like poker and blackjack chips.
The reason for this is simple: while playing roulette alongside multiple people, it’s quite common to see three, four, or even five people place bets on the same space. Using multicolored chips helps the dealer determine winners from losers more efficiently.