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Roulette Rules

A roulette wheel consists of a spinning disk with divisions/numbers around its edge that revolves around the base of a bowl. A ball is spun around the outside of the bowl until eventually ball and wheel come to rest with the ball in one of the divisions/numbers.

The divisions around the wheel are numbered from 1 to 36 in a seemingly random pattern and alternate between red and black. Additionally, there is a green division numbered 0. On American tables only, there is a second extra green division marked 00 and it is largely this that makes the American version of Roulette a worse proposition financially than the European game.

Prior to rolling the ball, people place bets on what number will come up by laying down chips on a betting mat, the precise location of the chips indicating the value of the bet being made. Roulette is a game of French origin and on a traditional table, the French terms on the betting area are still used even in English speaking areas. However, on most US tables, English terms and a slightly different style of mat are used.

American roulette matAmerican roulette mat

Roulette Bets

Much of the interest in Roulette derives from the number of different bets that can be made and their associated odds. The basic bets are the same for all forms of modern Roulette.

French name English name Description Odds Chip Location / Information
Rouge Red A red number Evens  
Noir Black A black number Evens  
Pair Even Even number Evens  
Impair Odd Odd Number Evens  
Manque Low Bet 1 - 18 Evens Manque is French for "failed" and is used because the ball has failed to pass 18.
Passe High Bet 19 - 36 Evens Passe is so named because it has "passed" the centre point.
Premiere Douzaine First Dozen 1 -12 2 to 1 On the French-style mat, the square marked 12P
Moyenne Douzaine Middle Dozen 13 - 24 2 to 1 On the French-style mat, the square marked 12M
Dernier Douzaine Last Dozen 25 - 36 2 to 1 On the French-style mat, the square marked 12D
Colonne Column Bet A column of twelve numbers 2 to 1 The special square at the end of one of the three columns of twelve numbers.
Sixain Line Bet Six Numbers 5 to 1 Place the stake on the intersection of the edge of two rows of three numbers to bet on those 2 rows
Carre Corner Bet Four Numbers 8 to 1 Place the stake at the intersection of a square of four numbers
Carre Simple or Transversale Street Bet A row of Three Numbers 11 to 1 Halfway over the line forming the end of the row of three numbers to be bet upon
En Chaval Split Bet A pair of numbers 17 to 1 Place the stake across the line dividing the two numbers to be bet upon
En plein Straight Up A single number 35 to 1 Place the stake in the box showing the number concerned. It is allowable to bet on zero.

The bets on 12 numbers or more are called "Outside bets". The bets on six numbers or less are termed "Inside bets".


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