Guide to Roulette

Roulette is one of the most simplest casino games available, whether you know how to play roulette or you're an old hand, we've got everything you need to know in one handy location. Read about roulette rules in general, the specific rules of American Roulette and European Roulette, as well as info on the types of bet you can make and terminology you need to know. When it comes to playing roulette, we've got you covered. 

How to Play Roulette

The aim is simple – to accurately predict the pocket in which the roulette ball will land. Before the wheel is spun, bets are made regarding number, colour or odd/even numbers. The wheel is then spun and winnings are paid out depending on the results. These roulette rules apply to every version of the game, however there are two main variations that are played all over the world. These are European and American roulette. 

Most Popular Roulette Variations

Most Popular Roulette Variations

The main element that differentiates the most common forms of roulette is the design of the wheel. In American roulette, the wheel includes a 00 slot, in addition to the 0 pocket. This effectively raises the house’s advantage of winning. The odds of winning are 1 in 38.

European roulette is arguably the most authentic variation of the game and offers better odds for the player. This is down to as the design of the wheel, which doesn't include the 00 pocket, unlike its American counterpart. The numbers on the European wheel range from 0 to 36, thus giving winning odds of 1 in 37.

The rules of French Roulette are very similar to the rules of European Roulette, but with the addition of the La Partage rule. This means that if the ball lands in the 0 pocket, players will receive half their money back. You'll also notice that the wheel in French Roulette sits more centrally than in European Roulette, although this doesn't affect the gameplay.

Getting Started with Roulette

Getting Started with Roulette

Rules and How to Play

To the novice player, roulette might come across as a bit confusing, but in fact it’s quite simple. When joining a table, the seamless software will allow you to pick the value on your chip, which is the amount you would like to bet. You can place bets by picking any number, colour or combination of numbers that you like.

There are two main sections to the roulette board which are important to understand if you want to know how to play roulette. These will help you decide the type of bet you wish to place.

What Are Inside Bets in Roulette?

The inside section of the board allows players to place bets on numbers that are close to each other in terms of layout, or a group of up to six numbers. You can place a bet on one number, for instance 29 which is called ‘straight-up’ or two adjoining numbers which is called a ‘split’.

With a ‘street’ bet, you’re placing a bet on three numbers that connect horizontally, and with a ‘trio’ bet you’re putting your chips on either 0/1/2 or 00/2/3, depending on the variation on the game.

In addition to these, there are also the corner bet (also known as quad bet), where four connecting numbers are covered in one single bet, and the ‘basket’ bet which is a five number bet consisting of 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3.

The last type of bet for the inside section is the ‘double street’ bet, which, like the name suggests, allows you to place a bet on six numbers, effectively placing two ‘street’ bets.

What Are Outside Bets in Roulette?

The outside section offers completely different sets of bets, and these come in pairs – either red or black, odd or even, or high or low – with each bet covering 18 numbers. Players will also be able to make six other bets consisting of 12 numbers, knows as ‘column’ and ‘dozen’ bets.

For each spin of the wheel, there is the table minimum which must be reached for both inside and outside bets – remember, these are independent of each other.

Roulette Terms

Roulette Terms

Roulette can be a very fun and rewarding game to indulge in. But if you really want to know how to play roulette, you'll want to know these terms – they'll help you make informed decisions about your bets.

Block Betting
Block betting may refer to a bet or a series of bets that cover a block of numbers on the roulette betting board.

Line Betting
Line betting is when, rather than placing a bet on a single number, you place it on the line that separates two numbers.

Single Zero Wheel
The single zero wheel is the most commonly played version known as European Roulette. The game is played with one '0' pocket on the roulette wheel.

Double Zero Wheel
The double zero pocket is what distinguishes European roulette from American roulette. The American roulette wheel will display an extra green pocket, numbered with two zeros – '00'.

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Playing Online Roulette at Betway

At Betway Casino there is an array of distinct online casino game variations of roulette to keep things fresh. With ten different online roulette games to pick from, players can experience a different take on this iconic game, each time they play. From Multi-wheel Roulette to Multi-player Roulette, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

And for a truly immersive experience, players can head to Betway’s Live Casino to try their hand at Live Roulette. Customers will face off against real live roulette dealers, streamed in HD, adding an extra slice of authenticity to this casino classic. The roulette rules are just the same, but you'll find yourself right there at the heart of the action.

As well as roulette, we have plenty of other games for you to enjoy here at Betway Casino, and handy guides to help you play them.

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