The Basics of Roulette


Roulette (French for little wheel) has been a favorite casino game since the 17th century. It’s a fun and exciting game that’s easy to understand and offers a wide range of bets.


The roulette wheel is a spindle-supported wooden disk with a convex rim and metal partitions or frets that divide it into pockets. These pockets are painted black or red. There are also a few painted green ones on European-style wheels.

A roulette ball is thrown into the spinning wheel by a croupier, who may or may not be a dealer. Once the ball lands in a pocket, it’s time for players to place their bets.

Inside Bets

There are two main types of inside bets on a roulette table: those placed on individual numbers and groups of numbers. The winning odds for each are based on their probability of coming up, and these types of bets have a lower payout than other types.

Outside Bets

The house edge in roulette is a bit lower on outside bets than on inside bets, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a chance to win. In addition to betting on a single number, you can also place bets on groupings of numbers, the color red or black, whether the number is odd or even, and more.

Street Bet/Split Bet/Three Number Bet/Side Bet/The Trio: This bet is made by placing your chip(s) on the outside border of a row of three consecutive numbers. If the winning number is one of those numbers, you’ll get a 17-1 payout.

Odd or Even Bet: This bet is also called impair et pair in French, and you’re wagering that the winning number will be one of the 18 odd numbers or 18 even numbers on the layout. The 0 and 00 don’t count for this bet, but the payout is 1-1.