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Roulette is a classy casino game that first originated in Europe. It involves a spinning wheel that contains slots numbered 1 to 36, as well as two additional slots, 0 and 00. A white ball is spun around the wheel as the wheel rotates, and when the ball loses speed, it drops, falling into one of the numbered slots. 

Of the slots numbered 1 to 36, half are black, and half are red. The 0 and 00 slots are green. 

The purpose of the game is to try and guess which numbered slot the ball will fall into next. You place your bets on the roulette layout according to where you think the ball will land.

There are numerous bets you can place on a roulette wheel, but all bets fall into one of two categories: Inside bets and outside bets. You can place as many different bets as you want for each spin of the wheel, as long as your bets do not exceed the table limit. Typically, a display next to the table will show the numbers that have hit on recent spins. The theory goes that, if a certain number has not come up in a while, it may be a good time to bet on that number since it will probably be coming up soon. Mathematically speaking, this theory holds no validity. Your decision to use or discard this technique will make no difference on your mathematical odds of winning.

A standard roulette layout is shown below.

roulette.gif (10618 bytes)You can place bets by putting your chips in the appropriate locations on the layout.

The bets you can make in roulette are summarized below.

Inside Bets:

Outside Bets:

Straight Bets
Split bets
Trio bets
Corner bets
5-number bets
6-number bets

Even or Odd
Red or Black
High or Low
Dozens Bet
Columns Bet




Inside Bets

There are six types of inside bets you can make. They are called inside bets because they occur within the numbered layout, between the numbers 1-36, and the numbers 0 and 00.

1) Straight bets

A straight bet is a bet on a single number. You can make this bet by placing chips in the center of one of the numbered boxes. You can bet on any number, including the 0 and 00 numbers. If your number hits, you get paid 35:1.

You are allowed to make as many straight bets as you like, up to the table limit. You need not limit yourself to one number per spin.

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Three straight bets on 00, 3, and 4.

2) Split Bets

Split bets are also called two-number bets. To make this bet, place your chips on the line between two adjacent numbers. If either number hits, you get paid 17:1. You can split any two numbers that have a line between them.

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Split bet on 11/12 and 11/14

3) The Trio Bet 

Also called the three-number bet, a trio bet allows you to bet on three numbers at once. You simply place chips on the outside line of the row you want to bet on. You will be betting on 3 consecutive numbers. If any of them hit, the payout is 11:1.

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Trio bet on numbers 1 to 3

4) The Corner Bet

The corner bet is a four number bet, and the payout is 8:1. You make this bet by placing chips on the + shaped corner where 4 numbers meet. 

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Corner bet on 4 numbers, 11, 12, 14, and 15

5) The Five-Number Bet

There is only one spot on the layout where you can bet on five numbers.  Place your chips on the location shown on the right, and if any of the five numbers - 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3 - hits, then you get paid 6:1.

This is the worst bet you can make on a roulette wheel. The odds heavily favor the house on this bet, so it's a good idea to avoid it completely.

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The infamous five-number bet

6) The Six-Number Bet

This bet pays 5:1 odds. Place your chips on the outside line, between two rows. You are betting on six consecutive numbers, and if any of them hit, you get paid.

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Six-number bet on numbers 1-6


Outside Bets

The outside bets take place outside of the numbered areas, in the green portion to the left of the layout. They are a lot simpler to understand than the inside bets. There are 5 different outside bets you can make.

1) Even or Odd

To make this bet, simply place chips in the box marked even or odd. If the number that comes up matches your prediction, you win even money (1:1). The numbers 0 and 00 are losing numbers for this kind of bet.

2) Red or Black

Place chips in the red or black box. If the number that hits corresponds to the color you select, then you are paid even money.  

3) High or Low

There is a box marked 1 to 18, and another box marked 19 to 36.  Place chips on either spot, and you will win even money if the ball falls in your selected number range. 0 and 00 are losing numbers.

4) The Dozens Bet

You can bet on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd dozen numbers. The 1st dozen numbers are 1-12, the 2nd dozen are numbers 13-24, and the 3rd dozen are numbers 25-36. If one of your 12 numbers hits, you are paid 2:1. 0 and 00 are losing numbers.

5) Columns Bet

You can place these bets at the bottom of a column of numbers, on the spot marked 2-1.  If any of the numbers in your column hit, you get paid 2:1 odds. The numbers 0 and 00 are losing numbers for columns bets.  


Reference Chart

The chart below summarizes the payouts for each type of bet.



Split 17:1
Trio 11:1
Corner 8:1


Six-number 5:1
Even/Odd 1:1
Red/Black 1:1
High/Low 1:1
Dozens 2:1
Column 2:1

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