To play roulette, players need to predict the winning number and place their bets accordingly. The dealer will announce when the players should place their bets and when they must stop betting.
All bets must be placed before the dealer announces ‘no more bets’ and the ball drops. Read more about Roulette rules and discover your favourite bets.
There are many different types of bets available. Players can make ‘outside bets’ which offer the highest odds and are the easiest to place. These bets include even money bets: red and black, odd and even, high number (1-18) and low numbers (19-36); and the 2-1 bets: dozens and columns.
The ‘inside’ bets are those bets in the middle of the layout on the numbers themselves. Players can make any of these bets and all have different payouts:
Straight up / On the Number: 35-1
This bet is placed directly on one number and offers the lowest odds of all the bets available on the layout. This exciting bet will pay a winner a large sum compared in relation to his or her bet amount!
This bet covers two numbers and sits on the line dividing them.
This bet covers three numbers running across the layout next to each other (for example, 1,2, and 3) and is placed along the side of these number, on the line separating the inside from the outside bets.
This bet covers four numbers and is placed in the corner cross in between the four chosen numbers on the layout (for example, 1,2, 4 and 5).
Six line: 5-1
This bet covers 6 numbers running across the layout next to each other and is, in effect, the same as two street bets. The bet is placed at the corner between these two streets, online the line separating the inside from the outside bets.
Casinos deal with the zero situation in different ways. When the ball lands in zero, often the even money outside bets (red and black, odd and even, high and low numbers) will be lost, but sometimes the casino will use the La Partage rule, which means it only takes half – allowing you to retain half your bet.
Occasionally a casino will operate the ‘en prison’ rule, whereby the bet is imprisoned for the next spin, giving you a second chance to win. If it loses again, you lose the bet.