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Roulette originated a long way away from Australia, close to 10,000 miles away in France, but today it is hugely enjoyed by Australians, both online and in land casinos. The word Roulette comes from the French for ‘little wheel’, and no doubt you have seen the spinning wheel that is at the heart of the game.

If you have looked for Roulette games at a casino then you will probably have noticed that there are many different versions of the game and this may have left you a little confused. The main versions are European, American and French Roulette, and the good news is that they have extremely similar rules so once you have mastered one you have mastered them all.

How to Play Roulette 

If you have ever looked at a Roulette wheel you will have noticed that it is divided into numbered segments. European and French Roulette wheels feature the numbers 0 to 36 inclusive while American Roulette wheels have an extra ‘00’ segment. The croupier releases a ball inside the spinning wheel, and players simply bet on where it will stop.

A number of things make the game more interesting. Firstly, the numbers on the wheel are coloured red or black (with the exception of 0 and 00, which are green), secondly, the numbers on the wheel are not sequential, and thirdly, the betting area has a carefully designed layout.

All of this is done to broaden the betting options. You will see that you can bet on individual numbers, groups of numbers, and a combination of both. Broadly speaking there are two types of groups, numbers that share characteristics, such as all the Red or Black numbers, or groups that result from the layout of the wheel or the betting area.

Thanks to this, Roulette has many different types of bet and if you want to maximise your chances of winning then you will need to be comfortable using them all.

The following types of bet are found in nearly all versions of the game:

  • Straight Up: Betting on an individual number.
  • Split Bet: Betting on two numbers that are adjacent on the betting area.
  • Street Bet: A bet on one of the vertical lines of three numbers on the betting area. These lines are known as streets.
  • Corner/Four Bet: A bet on four numbers whose corners meet and form a square on the betting area.
  • Line Bet: A bet on two streets on the betting area, covering six numbers in total.
  • Column Bet: A bet on twelve numbers that form a horizontal line on the betting area.
  • Dozen Bet: The numbers 1 – 36 can be split into three groups of twelve, this is a bet on one of the groups.
  • Red/Black Bet: A bet on all the red or black numbers.
  • Even/Odd Bet: A bet on all the even or odd numbers.
  • Low/High Bet: The numbers are divided into Low (1 – 18) and High (19 – 36); this is a bet on one of the groups.

The smallest payout of 1:1 is available from bets on the largest groups of numbers, such as Odds, Evens, Reds and Blacks. Payouts of 2:1 are available from Column and Dozen bets, payouts of 5:1 can be won from Line bets, payouts of 8:1 can be won from Corner and Four bets, payouts of 11:1 can be won from Street bets, payouts of 17:1 can be won from Split bets and Straight Up bets can payout a massive 35:1.

Roulette Features

You will notice that some European and French Roulette games have a second betting area called the ‘Racetrack’. This makes it much easier to place complex betting patterns.

The Racetrack bets are as follows:

  • Voisins du Zero: This means ‘Neighbours of Zero’ and it is a bet on the numbers that are next to 0 on the wheel. It covers the numbers from 22 clockwise to 25, almost half of the wheel.
  • Tiers du Cylindre: This means ‘Third of the Wheel’. It is a bet on the third of the wheel opposite 0.
  • Orphelins: This means ‘Orphans’, it is a bet on the numbers that aren’t included in the Tiers du Cylindre and Voisins du Zero bets.

Two more common bets you will often see shortcuts for are Neighbours, a bet on a number and its neighbouring numbers on the wheel, and Final Bet, a bet on all the numbers that share a final digit.

Finally, some French Roulette games offer the La Partage Rule and it means that if the ball lands on zero then half of all even money bets are returned.