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Last Updated: 3rd July 2020
How to Play Roulette
Roulette is a game of chance which seems to sum up casino elegance. But the charm of the game can also be what makes it look intimidating at first glance. Don’t let that worry you. Like most classic casino board games, once you understand the essence of it, you can play roulette as a beginner and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
There’s a lot you can learn while you play roulette, but the most important of all roulette tips for beginners is: learn the basic rules of the game. Why? Because that will increase your chances of winning.
Roulette Basic Rules
Put simply, roulette is a betting game where the main action focuses on the numbered roulette wheel. Four basic roulette rules control the game action:
- Players can begin making bets before the roulette ball is in play.
- The wheel spins and the dealer launches the ball. Players continue placing bets while the ball is in play and circling around the spinning wheel.
- With the wheel still spinning and the ball still in motion, the dealer calls out: “No more bets.” That’s the moment when no further bets are accepted.
- The roulette ball will finally drop into one numbered slot on the wheel. Players who bet on the correct number, predicted the colour of the slot or the correct sector of the wheel, are all winners. Their reward will depend on the agreed betting odds.
Roulette Wheel and Table
A roulette wheel has a separate track around which the white roulette ball travels while in play. Eventually, this ball will land in a slot within the numbered section of the wheel.
Roulette wheel numbers run from 0 to 36, but notice that red and black colours are used to create different sectors. With the numbers 1 to 10 and 19 to 26, all the odd numbers are coloured red and all the even numbers are coloured black.
This colour scheme reverses for the numbers 11 to 18 and 29 to 36: Here, it’s the odd numbers which are black, while the even numbers are red. So what about the zero? Thankfully, ever since the 1800s, the zero slot on the wheel has been coloured green.
The roulette betting table uses the same numbers as the wheel, except now they are laid out flat. Notice too that the table repeats the same black/red colour scheme as found on the roulette wheel. And yes, the zero slot is once again coloured green.
One important point is that American and European roulette are two different versions of the game. European roulette is as described above, but American roulette equipment adds an extra zero slot to the wheel, and the table. That gives two green slots, numbered 0 and 00.
If you think about it, while European roulette has 37 slots altogether (1-36, plus 0), American roulette has 38 slots. That’s because American roulette adds an extra 00 slot.
Types of Roulette Bets Explained
Looking closely at the layout of a roulette betting table, you’ll see most of the table features the number sequence 0 to 36. When players place bets on these numbers they are making what is known as an inside bet. There are seven kinds of inside bet:
Straight up – This describes a bet placed on one number – your betting chip must be inside the square border.
Split bet – This is a bet on two ‘next door’ numbers on the table – your betting chip must be placed on the shared border between them.
Street bet – A ‘street’ is three consecutive numbers in the same row – your betting chip must be placed on the outer corner of that same row.
Three numbers bet – A ‘trio’ bet including 0 (also 00 in American roulette) – so your betting chip must sit on the border shared by the zero and your two remaining numbers.
Six line – A bet on two adjoining streets (3-number rows) – so place your betting chip where the shared outer border has a common corner. You’ll find betting on six numbers like this pays 5 to 1.
Corner – This four-number bet is made by placing your betting chip on the corner shared by any four table numbers which form a square.
Basket – A bet on four numbers: 0, 1, 2 and 3 – so your betting chip sits on the corner shared between the zero box and the first row. With an American roulette table, the extra double zero makes this a five number bet.
Looking outside the number field, you’ll see the rest of the betting table layout allows you to bet on larger groups of numbers. This kind of bet is called an outside bet, and there are five types:
Colour bet – Here, you place your chip inside the red or black box.
Column bet – You bet on which column will contain the winning number and place your betting chip inside the box below that column.
Odd or even bets – Predict whether an odd or even number will win, and place your betting chip in the ‘odd’ or ‘even’ box to confirm.
The dozens bet – The dozens are labelled ‘1st 12’, ‘2nd 12’ and ‘3rd 12’, so choose one and place your betting chip in that box.
High or low bet – Predict whether a high number (19 to 36) or a low number (1 to 18) will win, and place your betting chip accordingly.
Announced bets are a group of special combinations developed in French roulette. They have French names too, but for now you only need to know how they work. There are three common announced bets:
A trio covering – You can bet on the numbers 0, 2 and 3 by placing two chips on the common border point they share.
Five split – With this bet, you cover the shared border between 4/7, 12/15, 18/21/ 19/22, 32/35 placing one chip on each combination.
One corner – Here, you place two betting chips on the corner shared by the numbers 25/26/28/29.
How to Choose Your Bet
As a betting novice, one commonly used roulette tip is to start off with outside bets* – for example, betting on red or black to win. You won’t make a fortune, but you’ll often win – and you won’t lose large amounts of cash. What you will also gain are confidence and experience, and that will kick start your development as a player.
*Please note that the minimum bets required may be greater on outside bets than straight bets.
Start Playing Roulette: Online vs In Casino
Online and land-based casino roulette games provide players with a different experience. A live casino will normally offer one type of roulette with a live roulette dealer, often in a lavish, upmarket atmosphere.
Top-class online casinos usually follow the William Hill model and offer a whole range of different roulette games – including, for example, multi-wheel roulette. So if you want to play roulette online you can choose different odds and a variety of game formats.
If you want to play roulette in a live casino, take the following steps:
- Choose a table to play where the bet limits suit your budget.
- Spend a little time watching the game to get familiar with what happens.
- Give your betting chips to the dealer.
- Place your bets and enjoy the game.
How to Register in Your Online Casino
It’s easy to register for a William Hill online casino account. Just click the sign up to William Hill button. Enter the personal information requested on the registration page. Then click to confirm, add your deposit and you’re ready to bet.