Roulette is another fun, exciting and popular casino game. The game consists of a roulette wheel in which a ball is spun around. It has groves of equal size dotted around it, ranging from 0 to 36 in European roulette, and 0 to 36 plus an additional 00 (double zero) in American roulette. The aim of this game is to guess where the ball will land by placing your ‘chip(s)’ on the relevant area of the roulette table.

The croupier will spin the  the wheel and release the ball. When you cannot place any more bets, they will wave their hand over the table and announce “no more bets”.

Roulette is played on a table on which all the numbers are marked in either black or red, or green for 0 and 00. There a many different ways of winning which we will go through on this tutorial.

Here are some images of the roulette table and wheel for both European and American roulette. The only difference to the table is the addition of ’00’ on the American version. Also note that the order of numbers on the wheels are very different to each other.

Example of a European Roulette table
Example of an American Roulette table
Example of an American Roulette table
Difference between American and European roulette
Difference between American and European roulette


Approaching a table for ‘chips’.

To start with, seek out the table that suits your budget. You will see on the table there will be a minimum bet. Lets use an example of a table where the minimum bet is £1.

Approach  and place your money on the table. Do not try to hand the croupier cash as they are not allowed to take it directly from your hand. They will take the money from the table and provide you with ‘chips’. On roulette there are different colour chips which are awarded to each individual player. Let’s say you were given blue chips; that means only you can play that colour. It makes it easier for the croupier to keep track of who has won.

The value of these chips equal what the minimum bet is. So if you put down £20 on a £1 minimum bet table, you will have 20 chips. On a 50p table, your £20 will give you 40 chips, on a £2 table your £20 will be worth 10 chips and so on.

These chips cannot be taken away from the table. If you do with to move on, then tell the croupier you wish to cash in your chips. You will then be given different chips with values written on them. These can be taken away and cashed in at the cashier’s desk, or used at any other table in that casino.

An example of roulette chips
An example of roulette chips


Outside Bet

Let us look again at the roulette table. You will notice there is a line of boxes with 1-18, Even, Red, Black, Odd, 19-36. These are called the outside bets and all pay 1:1

Outside bets
Outside bets

Always ask what the minimum bet for the outside bets are. As there is a higher chance of you winning on these, casinos usually place a higher minimum bet on the outside. For this example we will say £5 is the minimum outside. So, let’s pretend we have put £5 on each of the 6 squares above. The wheels spins and the ball lands on 15 black. The boxes marked ‘1-18, Odd, and Black’ all win. So your £5 on each of these squares will be doubled. The squares marked ‘Even, Red, 19-36’ did not win on this spin and therefore any money here is lost. The croupier will take those chips to the house. Easy eh?

If the ball lands on or 00 then none of these bets win with the exception of if you had a bet on red or black. Some casinos will give you half your bet back. Casinos are not obliged to do this so there are some that won’t!


Inside Bets

Another easy bet is on the inside bets. These are called dozens and columns and pay 2:1. The same betting rule applies here as with the Outside Bets – check with the croupier as to what the minimum bet for these are. Again let’s assume it is £5 and we had £5 on the first dozen (1-12) and the 3rd column (that covers numbers 3,6,9,12,15,18 etc). That means if the balls lands on any number in the first dozen, then you have won at a rate of 2:1. So the croupier would give you £10, and you keep your initial £5. The same applies if the ball lands on any number in the 3rd column. If you were lucky and the balls lands on 3,6,9 or 12, then you would win both bets, turning your two £5 wagers into a total of £30!

If the ball lands on or 00 then none of these bets win.



Betting on numbers

Now let’s look at the how to bet on the numbers. There are a few different bets you can place, but it really is quite easy to get the hang of. Below is an image of the different bet types followed by an explanation of each.

Types of roulette number bets
Types of roulette number bets
  • Straight up Bet – 35:1. Simply put, this is when you pace your wager directly on top of a number. In the image above, a £1 bet has been placed on the number 8. If the ball lands on number 8 on the wheel, then you win £35, plus your £1 bet.
  • Split Bet – 17:1. This is when you place your bet so that it covers two adjacent numbers on the table. Above, a £1 has been placed covering 12 and 15. This means if the roulette ball lands on either 12 or 15, you win £17, plus your £1 bet.
  • Street Bet – 11:1. For this bet, your wager will cover three numbers. The example above shows a chip on the edge of the table covering numbers 19, 20 and 21. If the ball lands on either of these numbers, you win £11, plus your £1 bet.
  • Corner Bet – 8:1. This is where you can cover four numbers, such as above where numbers 13, 14, 16 and 17 are all covered. If the ball lands on any of these numbers and assuming we are still betting with a £1 chip, then you will win £8, plus your original £1.
  • Six Line Bet – 6:1. Finally we have the six line bet. This is where (you probably guessed it by now) your wager covers six numbers! Assuming we are still using our £1 chips, the example above covers 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27. If the ball lands on any of these, then you win £6, plus your initial bet back.


Neighbour Bets

On the roulette table you will see this what is called the racetrack. It is an exact representation of the roulette wheel:


Again, ask what the minimum bet here is but in our experience it is usually £25. The idea here is that you are betting on a number, plus the two either side as they appear on the wheel. To play you pass the croupier your £25 chip and say, for example, £25 on 0 and neighbours. This effectively means that you have placed £5 on 3, 26, 0, 32 and 15. If the ball lands on any of these numbers, it will be paid as a straight up (35:1) on a £5 bet.

The Tier, Orphelins and Voinins Du Zero are French games and by placing bets on these areas, you are covering that entire section of the wheel. As these three areas are slightly different in size, each area requires a different bet amount. Pass the required number of chips to the croupier telling them whether to put them on Tier, Orphelins or Voisins.

  • Tier: You need to place multiples of 6 chips.
    • made up of a chip ‘split bet’ on 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/36
  • Orphelins. You need to place multiples of 5 chips.
    • made up of 1 chip ‘straight up’ on number 1
    •  a chip ‘split bet’ on 6/9, 14/17, 17,20 and 31/34
  • Voisins Du Zero. Here you need to place multiples of 9 chips
    • made up of a chip ‘split bet’ on 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, 32/35
    • 2 chips on a ‘street bet’ covering 0/2/3
    • 2 chips on a ‘corner bet’ covering 25/26/28/29


These are all the bets to play on roulette. We hope you have found this helpful and have given you some confidence next time you are at a roulette table.

Finally, here is a video from YouTube we have found that might help as a tutorial