Mar 16, 2017

Rules of Roulette

author Peter S.

Roulette rules are very simple and can be taught just after a few minutes of watching the table. No matter if you observe the game in the online casino or in the classic land-based casino. It depends only on you, but in any case, both options are fine.

First thing what you will see are different types of bets. For complete newcomers, we have prepared a list of all basic bets that can be found on the roulette table.

Basic roulette bets

  • Straight up – Bet on a single number. Win possible 35: 1.
  • Split - Bet on any two neighbouring numbers. Possible Win 17: 1.
  • Street - Bet on three neighbouring numbers. Possible Win 11: 1.
  • Corner - Bet on four neighbouring numbers. Possible Win 8: 1.
  • Line bet - Bet on two lines ("street") Possible 5: 1 win.
  • Dozens - Bet on "First 12", "Second 12", or "Third 12" Possible 2: 1 win.
  • Column - Bet on a column of 12 numbers. Possible 2: 1 win.
  • High / Low - "1 to 18" (low numbers) or "19 to 36" (high numbers). Possible 1: 1 win.
  • Red / Black - Bet exclusively on the colour to be drawn. Possible 1: 1 win.
  • Odd / Even - Bet exclusively on whether the winning number is even or odd. Possible 1: 1 win.

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Bets can be combined with each other to cover any part of the playing field. It is, of course, possible to make bets on the whole board. These bets are nonetheless profitable, and the win in the best case will cover the loss from non-winning chips. The most popular bets are so-called even bets (colour, even x odd, high x low) with almost 50% chance of success. House edge in roulette is, however, the same for almost all bets.

The best ways to learn is to try. Play roulette online for free and try all the possible bet without risk of losing any money.

Types of roulette

In the gambling world, we distinguish 2 types of roulette.

American roulette

There are 38 fields on the American Roulette. Numbers are ranched from 1 to 36, 0 and 00. Bets are the same as other roulette types, except there is one special bet, where you can bet on 5 numbers. House edge is 5.26% for this variant. The five-number special bet has a house edge of up to 7.89%. The American Roulette is therefore quite unfavourable to the player.


American Roulette layout


Bet Win Probability House Edge
Red 1 47.37% 5.26%
Black 1 47.37% 5.26%
Even 1 47.37% 5.26%
Odd 1 47.37% 5.26%
1-18 1 47.37% 5.26%
19-36 1 47.37% 5.26%
Dozen 2 31.58% 5.26%
Line Bet 5 15.79% 5.26%
First five 6 13.16% 7.89%
Corner 8 10.53% 5.26%
Street 11 7.89% 5.26%
Split 17 5.26% 5.26%
Straight up 35 2.63% 5.26%

European roulette

Unlike its US version, the European roulette has only 37 fields. To be specific, there are numbers from 1 to 36 and 0 on the game board. The house edge also drops with fewer numbers and its set up to 2.7%. So every time you visit a casino, no matter if online or land-based, look for European roulette first.


European Roulette layout


Bet Win Probability House Edge
Red 1 48.6% 2.7%
Black 1 48.6% 2.7%
Even 1 48.6% 2.7%
Odd 1 48.6% 2.7%
1-18 1 48.6% 2.7%
19-36 1 48.6% 2.7%
Dozen 2 32.4% 2.7%
Bet Line 5 16.2% 2.7%
Corner 8 10.8% 2.7%
Street 11 8.1% 2.7%
Split 17 5.4% 2.7%
Straight up 35 2.7% 2.7%

On the very rare occasions you can encounter a European roulette which offers two very special rules:

  • En Prison
  • At Partage

The two rules are basically pretty similar and they say that if a player place an even bet and the number is 0, half of the bet is returned to him (La Partage) or half of the bet remains in the next round (En Prison). These two rules are, however, very unusual nowadays and can be found almost exclusively in French casinos.

Roulette FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Can you play roulette online for real money?

Yes, you can. There are several ways how to play roulette online. Either you can try roulette for free in our games section. Or you can play roulette for real money in the licenced online casino. How to do it?

  1. Find the trusted online casino site with online roulette
  2. Sign in and deposit money to your casino account
  3. Visit the table games/roulette section and play

For more info, check our article about How to register in the online casino.

What Number Hits the Most in Roulette?

There is no number, which statistically stands out. The results of the individual rounds are determined by the Random Number Generator. If you play in the licenced casino, numbers are evenly distributed. That means that you have the same chances no matter the number you bet on.

How do I Win at Online Roulette Every Time?

You can cover all the pockets. For example, bet on red, black and zero. But, in this case, you will not generate any profit, at least not in the long run. Unless you are very lucky, there is no way you will win at online roulette every time. That is how roulette works.

What Is the Best Strategy for Roulette?

Firstly, we need to say that there is no functional strategy in the long run. But there are many betting systems which should minimalize your losses. The most popular is the Martingale betting system, which tells you to double your bet after every loss and bet initial bet after every win.

Always remember the first rule of gambling - never play with money you cannot lose. That is actually the best strategy for roulette.

What is the Best Bet in Roulette?

That would depend on what do mean by the best bet in roulette. When it comes to frequency of winning, the best bets are so-called even bets, which has the highest probability of winning 48.65% (European roulette)/47.37% (American roulette).

Even bets:

  • Red/Black
  • Odd/Even
  • High/Low

If you want to be more precise, you could compare the house edge of every bet. The best house edge has the European roulette with one of the following rules - En Prison or La Partage, which have a house advantage of 1.35%.

Do want to know more about it? Read our article about the best bets in roulette.

Is Roulette Rigged?

That would depend on the online casino. If the casino is licenced and uses tested software by an independent company, then no. In this case, the roulette is not rigged. If you enter the online casino website, always check the very bottom of the page, where you can find information about the operator and its licence.

Are Roulette Strategies illegal?

No, roulette strategies are completely legal. But, be very careful when you have claimed a bonus in the online casinos. Most of them do not allow using any table games strategies or betting systems while you have active bonus money on your account. Violation of this rule may cancel all your bonuses and winnings from them.

Can You Bet on Every Number in Roulette?

Yes, you can. But it is highly recommended NOT to do so. The cost of covering all 37 numbers (European roulette) is 37 unit, but the guaranteed win is only 36 units.


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