At this page we describe roulette rules, betting scheme and the general structure of the game. Other pages at this site speak about roulette history and roulette systems. Visit these pages to learn more about the game of roulette.
Roulette rules are quite simple: a roulette wheel contains 37 or 38 slots. Every slot is and assigned a unique number and one of three colors. There are 18 black and 18 red slots numbered from 1 to 36, and one or two green slots colored green. Green slots are assigned 0 and 00 numbers, while French roulette contains only 0 fields, and American roulette has both 0 and 00 fields.
The Roulette wheel is spun by the croupier and a small ivory ball is placed by the edge of the wheel. Centrifugal force of keeps the ball at the edge of the wheel rotating along the circumference until the wheel slows down, the ball loses its momentum and falls into one of the slots. The number and the color of the slot become the winning number and the winning color. Players, who bet on the winning number, the winning color or a group that includes the winning number, win.
There are three basic types of roulette bets: single number bet, 12-number group bet and 18-number group bet. A player, who bets on a single number, is paid 35:1 if the number he bets on wins. 12-number group bets are paid 2:1 and 18-number group bets 1:1.
A player can place a bet on any single number, including 0 and 00 fields, which are confusingly named House Numbers. Although, these numbers were invented to profit the casino, they are absolutely equal to all other numbers at the wheel, when placing a single-number bet. Apart from betting on a single number, players can place a single bet on two or four numbers that are adjoined at the table layout. To place such a bet, the player places his chips on the border of the squares with the numbers he wants to bet on. Double-number bets are paid 17:1, and four number bets are paid 8:1.
There are two 12-number groups and three 18-number groups. 18-number groups are: Red – Black, Odd – Even and 1-18 – 19-36. 12-number groups are: 1st 12 (1-12) – 2nd 12 (13-24) – 3rd 12 (25-36) and 1st – 2nd – 3rd columns of the single-numbers layout.