Welcome to the wonderful world of Roulette. The goal here is to get you familiar with the game of Roulette quickly. If you are new to Roulette, you will be able to start playing Roulette in minutes from now. The first bit of information that you need to know is Roulette is split into two main versions: American and European. In the American version, there are two zero spots verses just on in the European version. The result is an added house advantage (bad for you) in the American version. The good news is you can play the European version, if you desire, on the Internet. All online casinos are hosting at least one version of this popular game. Before you pick your favorite online casino, find out which one has best UK roulette bonuses. Let’s get right into it.

Roulette Layout

Roulette is a game played with 37 numbers or 38 numbers. Below is a graphical representation of the American version of Roulette. Remember, the European is the same thing, except the 00 spot is gone.

American version of Roulette

Game Play

Playing the game of Roulette is very easy. You place your bets (we will go over all the bets in a moment) and the dealer (or computer) spins a ball on the Roulette wheel. Once the ball lands in a spot, all losing bets are taken away and then winning bets are paid.

Roulette Bet Types

I am going to show you my Roulette layout that has eleven bets marked by blue circles labeled A through K. Below the graphic, I will list what each bet does.

Roulette layout

Roulette Bet Descriptions

A: This bet is called a “Straight Bet” and when you make this bet, you are betting on one number to win. The payout will be 35 times your bet. As with all bets in Roulette, you can make as many bets as you like.

B: This is called the “Five Number Bet” (in American Roulette) and it’s the only way to get five numbers with one single bet. This is commonly known as a sucker’s bet because the payout is reduced to 6-1 typically. If you must play these numbers, and can afford it, you are better off betting these numbers individually.

C: This bet is a “Split Bet” and when you make it, you have two numbers working for you. In our example, we would win if a 11 or 14 came up. This bet pays 17 to 1.

D: This bet is a “Corner Bet” and you get four numbers. In our example, we would win if the 17, 20, 16 or 19 came up. The bet pays 8 to 1.

E: This is a “Street Bet” and you receive three numbers by making it. In our example, we would win if a 4,5 or 6 came up. The bet pays 11 to 1.

F: This is a “Line Bet” and you receive six numbers by making it. In our example, we would win if a 7,8,9,10,11 or 12 came up. The bet pays 5 to 1.

G: This is a “Column” bet and you get the entire column by placing it. In our example, we chose the first column so our winning numbers are: 1, 4, 7, 10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31 and 34. The bet pays 2 to 1.

H: This is a “Dozens” bet. The board is divided up into three groups of twelve. In our example, we bet the 3rd dozen so our winning numbers are: 25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35 and 36. The bet pays 2 to 1.

I: This is a “Low or High” bet. You can either bet on the numbers 1-18 or 19-36. The bet pays even money.

J: This is an “Even or Odd” bet. You are betting that the number will be either an even number (example: 2,4,6 and so on) or an odd number (example: 1,3,5 and so on). The bet pays even money.

K: This is a “Red or Black” bet. You are betting on the color of the number that will come up. This bet pays even money.

Even Money: I thought I would explain this term in case you are not familiar with it. When a bet pays even money, it pays whatever your bet amount was. For example, if you made a £10 bet on RED and a red number came up, you would be paid £10 (plus your original £10 back).

You now know all the main bet types in the game of Roulette! It’s pretty easy once you play a few times. Are you ready to find out how often these bets come up and what your chances of winning are?

Roulette Stats

The very first thing you need to know is that the house (casino) has a 5.26% advantage over you in Roulette. That’s for the American version. The house advantage in the European version is 2.7%. Let’s take a closer look into probabilities. Following is a nice chart that shows the probability of each bet hitting in both the American and European Roulette games.

Bet Type American Roulette European Roulette
Straight Bet 2.63% 2.70%
Five Number Bet 13.16% 13.51%
Split Bet 5.26% 5.40%
Corner Bet 10.53% 10.81%
Street Bet 7.89% 8.11%
Line Bet 15.79% 16.21%
Column Bet 31.58% 32.43%
Dozens Bet 31.58% 32.43%
All Even Money Bets (IE red/black) 47.7% 48.64%

There you have it. Now you know the probability of winning every bet in Roulette you can make. As you can see, playing European Roulette is best. Either way, Roulette is a fun game to play.