How To Play Roulette: Rules & Bets

Have you ever come across a roulette game that took your fancy, but you didn’t know the ins and out of the roulette rules in order to get the game started? Or perhaps you’ve played before but want to brush up on the rules and bets?

Then you’ve come to the right place, as we’ll be breaking down all the necessary roulette rules and bets that are available to turn you from an amateur to a pro (or as close to that as possible).

Welcome To Roulette

Roulette looks fairly basic upon first glance, with odd and even numbers running along with the wheel, with alternating red or black pockets, as well as one or two green ones depending on the wheel variant.

While this game may look simple, there are a number of roulette rules to follow, and types of bets that you can make which are vital knowhow before you play a real-money casino game.

These roulette rules will apply to land-based roulette games as well as online casinos, and there are plenty of games to choose from when playing online, as well as live games with real dealers if that’s more your cup of tea. 

How Do You Play?

Don’t worry about getting caught up in the complexities of the game as the rules are fairly straightforward. Apart from the wheel layout mentioned above, there’s also a table which features all of the numbers (from 1 to 36). This is where you’ll place your bets.

You begin playing by placing your physical or virtual chips down on the table. Once everyone at the table has done so, the dealer gets the wheel spinning and releases the small white ball. The number that the ball lands on is the winning number.

Since the game of roulette is so widely popular all over the world, you might come across different wheel and grid layouts. That is not a problem for players as the basic rules are the same and it doesn’t change the overall gameplay, although the odds on individual numbers and groups will be different. 

Bet Types

On to the nitty-gritty. There are different roulette bets that you can make, but basically, you can make a bet on a single number or on a select group of numbers. With the different betting combinations, you have to deal with different odds for winning and different payouts. The bets are simple to grasp: if you bet on a lot of numbers, you’ll have a better chance of winning, however, the amount you win will be smaller.

There are also three main betting options in roulette: Inside Bets, Outside Bets, and Announced Bets. Inside and Outside Bets are found on every roulette game and are important to know and understand well. Announced bets, on the other hand, are somewhat more advanced, and will not be available on every single game out there. We’ll be looking at these types of bets in more detail below.

Inside Bets

StraightThis bet covers a single number.
SplitA bet placed on two adjacent numbers.
StreetA bet made on three consecutive numbers on the same line.
Six LineA bet made on two adjacent lines.
CornerA four-number bet also known as a “square bet”.
TrioA three-number bet including 0.
BasketA bet on 0, 1, 2 and 3.

There are seven types of Inside Bets you can place on a European roulette table.

Outside Bets

Red or BlackA bet on the colour of the winning number.
Odd or EvenA bet on the value of the winning number.
1 to 18 or 19 to 36A bet on “high” (over 19) or “low” numbers.
DozensA bet on one of three blocks of a dozen numbers.
ColumnsA bet on which column of numbers the winning number will land on.

Announced Bets

Announced bets are a special combination of bets, which are mostly used in French roulette, and so are named accordingly:

  • Voisins du Zero is a 17-number bet made up of nine chips, which covers the zero and the numbers on each side of it. To make this bet, you’ll have split bets on numbers 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22 and 32/35, plus two chips to bet on 0, 2 and 3 and two chips on 25, 26, 28 and 29.
  • Le Tiers du Cylindre is a 12-number bet from 27 to 33 on the wheel. This is a six-chip bet with the following splits: 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, and 33/36.
  • Orphelins includes the remaining numbers that aren’t covered by the previous two bets: 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34. You place this bet with a straight up bet on number 1 and splits on 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, and 31/34.     
  • Jeu Zero is another four-piece bet with a straight bet on 26 and three splits on 0/3, 12/15, 32/35.

What Bet Should You Play?

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on all the different bets out there, how do you choose which bet to make? Well, it all depends on what kind of roulette strategy you’re going for. There are different options to choose, such as even-money bets which cover half of the numbers on the wheel while excluding the zero: odd/even, 1-18 or 19-36. These are safe beginner bets. Straight up bets are certainly more volatile but can also be very rewarding. Ultimately, roulette is a game of chance, but you can explore all the different betting options at your own pace, and at different tables.

Keep in mind that every roulette game has its own betting limits, so choose the game with betting limits that are suitable for you. Of course, there are more advanced roulette rules and roulette bets which you’ll be able to find on our blog, but as a beginner to the game, the above will be enough to get you through your first few games. If you want to test out your new-found skills, you can play online roulette games on LiveRoulette or try our live casino games with live dealers.



18+ | begambleaware.org | Gambling can be addictive, please play responsibly. Terms & Conditions apply.