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When it comes to roulette rules there is not too much to learn; it is a relatively simple game where the skill is in determining to place bets that win more than they lose.
On every table you will find a roulette wheel which is divided into sections, alternating red and black and randomly numbered 1 to 36. There will be one or two green slots that are zero (0 and 00), only American roulette feature two greens, all other tables use one green space.
It is therefore statistically accurate that the American game is the worse financial proposition when compared to the European and different versions. In front of the wheel is the betting mat, and again there will be differences depending on where you are playing and which version you have opted for.
Of course, the main board layout which contains the numbers in lines of three will be consistent; it is the other bet combinations that will differ. Once the bets are placed the wheel is spun, and a silver ball is thrown into the outside area of the wheel. As the wheel comes to a standstill, the ball will settle into one of the slots, and this is the winning number for the round. There are many different bets that can be placed and this is why roulette is so popular, so you will need to get familiar with the types of bets one can make, what they mean and what the odds are.
The bets are broken down into three different types. Inside bets, outside bets and split/racetrack bets. You might also find some house special bets depending on the casino you are signed up to.
Live roulette when a dealer appears on a live stream to guide the game offers the most realistic gameplay, but virtual roulette with computer-generated graphics is still a popular alternative. Within these two types, you will find various games, America, European and French being the most popular with newer formats like multi-wheel and dual ball making an appearance.
The basic bets remain consistent across all versions. There are five types of inside bet that you can make. Inside bets are those bets that cover a specific number or group of numbers as dictated by the betting mat.
Straight Up: Any one number
Split: Your chips sit between any two neighbouring numbers
Street: As defined on the betting mat, any ‘street’ of three numbers
Corner: The chip sits on the corner of a group of 4 adjoining numbers
Line: A line of six numbers as defined by the betting mat
All of these bets have differing odds, usually (although different for American wheels with two green slots)
Straight Up: 35 to 1
Split: 17 to 1
Street: 11 to 1
Corner: 8 to 1
Line: 5 to 1
This means that a line gives you the most chance of winning and is considered a reasonably safe bet for a new player.
When developing a roulette strategy, it is considered that outside bets are the safer bets. These have better odds, and although that means winning less money, it gives you a chance to learn the game and see what other people are doing.
Outside bets are more about betting on certain conditions being met. Most outside bets cover 18 numbers and give payout odds of 1 to 1. So, Red, Black, Odd, Even, Low (1-18) and High (19-36) the other outside bets cover 12 numbers in combination and are 1st dozen (1-12) 2nd dozen (13-24) 3rd dozen (25-36), or 1st, 2nd or 3rd column as defined by the betting mat.
These bets have odds of 2 to 1. Where casinos allow split and racetrack bets they are referring to bets placed on the racetrack area of the table and are more complicated to learn, so considered better for the strategic gambler rather than the beginner. Once you understand the bets, you are good to go, and the second part of learning your strategy comes from gathering statistics on the wheel.
Normally these are displayed by the casino under the playing window, and they will give you lots of insight. Hot numbers are those that appear more often, as opposed to cold numbers which do not. There will also be historical data showing which numbers have been winners in the last games. It is shown that some numbers only come up once in 200 games, so learning the stats will definitely help your strategy.
Roulette Guide to Winning
It is normal for new players to search for a definitive roulette guide to winning, but clearly, in a game of chance, this is not possible. However, there are ways to develop tactics that mean you will pick winning bets more often than not. It is important to learn the bet limits, and again these will vary between casinos, but clearly, a successful bet on a signal number gives a higher payout, so the maximum bet tends to be capped at something in the region of £25.
A line which offers a lower payout is often capped higher at something like £150. In order to develop a strategy it is important to learn the game, and with that in mind finding a format that works for you is important. It is worth trying different variations of the game, for example in multi-wheel roulette you can bet on up to eight wheels at the same time, but obviously, you are making eight bets, so consideration to affordability is needed.
The rules are slightly different in dual-ball roulette, and this is not offered in all casinos. The most traditional games for gamblers in the UK are the European and French tables. Live dealer games tend to take longer to progress due to the live nature but are considered more immersive and closer to the real experience. They also tend to have the better game statistics on offer and are a great place to learn.
Roulette Rules FAQ
What are the main rules of roulette?
There are no strict rules in roulette - simply pick a number where you will think the ball will land and hope for the best. French Roulette does practice the unique La Partage rule. If an even money bet falls in the zero pocket, then your stake will be returned.
What are the roulette rules for neighbour bets?
There are no restrictions to placing neighbour bets in a game of roulette. There are restrictions on these types of bets if you claim a bonus.
What is the different rules between American and European roulette?
There are no rule differences between American and European roulette. The American game does feature a unique table layout which does affect the return to player.