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American Roulette Rules and Bets

American Roulette, also known as 00 Roulette, is played on a wheel which consists of 38 slots, each slot with its own number. The numbers on an American Roulette wheel are 1-36, 0, and 00. The numbers themselves alternate pairs of odd numbers with pairs of even numbers. In addition, each sequential number on an American Roulette wheel alternates between black and red.

In American Roulette it is possible to place 11 types of bets. Each type of bet covers a certain range of numbers or pattern on the table, and each type has its very own payoff rate.

American Roulette Table Layout and Payoffs

Let's look at the table layout. Short lines of three numbers each are called rows on the board, while the longer lines, each holding twelve, are called columns. The first six types of bets are all made on the numbered space or on the lines between them and are called inside bets. The last five types are made on the special boxes below and to the center of the board and these are called outside bets. Types of bets are illustrated and explained in the roulette wheel diagram and table below.

The letters in the blue circles correspond to the letters used in the Example. Bets A to F are called "inside bets". Bets G to K are called "outside bets".

American Roulette Inside Bets

Straight Up (one number)

Place your chips directly on any single number (zero and double-zero including). There are 38 possible straight up bets. You win if the ball lands on your number.

(30) Odds: 38:1 Payoff: 35:1

Split Bet (two numbers)

Place your chips on the line between any two numbers. There are 57 possible split bets. You win if the ball lands on either of those numbers.

38:2 Payoff: 17:1

Street Bet (three numbers)

Place your chips at the end of any row of numbers on the line that separates the inside and outside betting area.. A street bet covers three numbers (an entire row of the table). There are 11 possible street bets. You win if the ball lands on one of those three numbers.

38:3 Payoff: 11:1

Corner Bet (four numbers)

Place your chips at the corner where four numbers meet. All four numbers are covered. There are 22 possible corner bets. You win if the ball lands on one of those four numbers.

38:4 Payoff: 8:1

Five Number Bet

This bet can be made in only one place and covers five numbers: zero, double zero, one, two and three. You win if the ball lands on one of those five numbers.

38:5 Payoff: 6:1

Line Bet (six numbers)

Place your chips at the end of two rows at the intersection between them. A line bet covers all the numbers in either row, for a total of six. There are 11 possible line bets. You win if the ball lands on one of those six numbers.

(4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Odds: 38:6 Payoff: 5:1

American Roulette Outside Bets

Column Bet (twelve numbers)

Placing a chip in one of the boxes marked "2 to 1" at the end of the columns covers all the numbers in that column, a total of twelve. Neither the zero nor the double zero are covered by any of the columns. There are 3 possible column bets. You win if the ball lands on one of 12 numbers of the column.

(Set of column numbers). Odds: 38:12 Payoff: 2:1

Dozen Bet (twelve numbers)

Placing a chip in one of the three boxes marked "1st 12," "2nd 12," or "3rd 12" covers those twelve numbers. There are 3 possible dozen bets. You win if the ball lands on one of 12 numbers covered.

38:12 Payoff: 2:1

Red or Black (eighteen numbers)

Place your chip either on the "black" or the "red" field on the outside. This covers all the black or red numbers on the field. The zero and double zero are not covered by any of these boxes. There are 2 possible bets.

(Red numbers). Odds: 38:18 Payoff: 1:1

Even or Odd (eighteen numbers)

Place your chip either on the "odd" or the "even" field on the outside. Here you bet if the next number that comes up is either even or odd. The zero and double zero are not covered by any of these boxes. There are 2 possible bets.

(Odd numbers). Odds: 38:18 Payoff: 1:1

Low or High (eighteen numbers)

This bet divides the field of numbers into two groups. The numbers from 1 to 18 (low)and from 19 to 36 (high). You bet on whether the next number that comes up is between 1 and 18 or 19 and 36. In either case if 0 or 00 shows up you lose. There are 2 possible bets.

38:18 Payoff: 1:1

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