Roulette Rules

At its heart roulette is a pretty basic game which is why it's so popular. Really all you're doing is trying to predict where a ball will land once it's thrown onto a spinning wheel.

While there are only a few roulette rules per se, there are quite a few things to consider and restrictions on bets that you can't place.

But being the generous folks we are, we've put together a beginner's guide to roulette rules to bring you up to speed. Even if you have played the game before feel free to have a browse through. After all, can you ever get enough of roulette rules?!

Basic Roulette Rules

  • To play a game of roulette there needs to be a roulette wheel and a table. The wheel is made up of 37 (European version) or 38 (American version) numbered slots. The numbers one through 36 are coloured red and black. The number zero is green (American roulette has a double zero, which is also green).
  • The game is played when a ball is thrown in the opposite direction around the edge of a spinning wheel. The ball bounces around and eventually falls randomly into one of the slots on the wheel.
  • You make bets by placing chips on the table according to where you predict the ball will land. Bets can be placed up to the point when the ball falls onto the wheel.
  • Once the ball has come to rest on one of the numbers a marker called the ‘dolly' will be placed on the corresponding number on the table.

There are numerous bets that can be made in roulette with some having different odds of winning and therefore different payouts. The different types of bets on offer are listed below:

Inside Bets
Bet Payout
Straight up (one number) 35:1
Split (two numbers) 17:1
Street (three numbers) 11:1
Corner (four numbers) 8:1
Top line (bets that include 0) 6:1
Six line (six numbers) 5:1
Outside Bets
Bet Payout
Dozen bets (1-12, 13-24 or 26-36) 2:1
Column bets 2:1
High or low (1-18 or 19-36) 1:1
Red or black 1:1
Odd or even 1:1

Playing Roulette Online

Unless you're playing live roulette, there is no actual dealer so the way the game is played does change slightly in an online casino. But online roulette rules are actually pretty similar to those of the land based games.

The main difference comes from the fact that you can take as much time as you want to select your bets and place your chips. In a land based casino other players around the table may begin to place their bets prompting the dealer to eventually stop bets being placed.

Also, betting limits tend to be a lot wider. For example, land based UK casinos will have minimum bets of £1 or £2 compared to 10p or even 20p online. In addition to this, many of the UK's main casinos such as Aspers Stratford only offer American roulette.