Spin to Win: The Thrill of Roulette!

Did you know that Roulette is the only Casino table game that uses chips?

If you don’t know what chips are, well, the chips are the value that we bet which does not have any value on its own and so they cannot be redeemed outside the roulette board/roulette table. The chips are bought with money for gambling purposes in the casino.

People love roulette because it is an exciting game with easy-to-learn rules and offers the potential for big payouts. 

It is also a game of chance that does not require any strategy or skill, so it appeals to people who are looking for a fast and easy game to play. 

Additionally, the spinning wheel, the sound of the ball, and the anticipation of the outcome all add to the atmosphere of the game.

A roulette table consists of eight or six different colors of chips for players to buy and play the game of Roulette with. Each color has 15 stacks consisting of 20 chips each and each color of chips has been put some worth to, say 5$ or 10$, etc.

So the players that wish to play buy these chips before playing and betting on the roulette table.

Also, every player is assigned a different color of chips as it can get confusing for the one dealing with that roulette table, as in the dealer.

I guess we talked a lot about roulette without context in the introduction, let’s dive into the abouts of Roulette in a more organized way.

We’ll be covering What Is Roulette? How does Roulette Work? Rules for Playing Roulette, the Structure of a Roulette Table, Types of Bets one can bet on the Roulette Table, the Difference Between a Call Bet and an Announced Bet, and a few questions that you might have on a Roulette casino game.

What is Roulette?

In gambling, roulette is a game of chance where players bet on which number or color a small ball will land on when spun around a wheel. 

The wheel is divided into numbered sections which are alternately colored red and black, and the ball is spun in the opposite direction of the wheel’s rotation. 

The player bets on which number or color the ball will land on, and if they guess correctly, the player wins.

Roulette is a form of casino table game developed from Biribi, which is an Italian game. 

Roulette is a table game where players bet on the red and black numbered boxes in the roulette wheel.

The word ‘Roulette’ has come from a French word meaning Little Wheel.

Now, before getting to know how the roulette game works and the rules for playing roulette, we must know the basic roulette table layout.

Let’s proceed.

Basic Layout of a Roulette Table

First and foremost, in a roulette table, you’ll see a cloth covered around the roulette table and it is known as the layout. The layout is usually double-zero or single-zero.

While the American Style of roulette table layout includes a double-zero with the wheel at one end, the  European Style roulette table layout includes a single-zero, and the French Style roulette table layout includes the roulette wheel in the center and a layout on either side of the wheel.

Out of all the roulette table layout structures, the American Style is the most popularly used one as compared to the European style and French Styles.

How does Roulette Work?

In Roulette, one player chooses to place their bets on a single number or a group number, either black or red, even or odd, or lower numbers such as 1-18, or higher numbers such as 19-36. 

After they place their bets, the croupier spins the roulette wheel in one direction and then in the opposite direction the wheel is left to lose momentum, and the ball is allowed to naturally fill one of the numbered pockets of the wheel out of the 39 pockets if we consider the American style roulette wheel, and 37 pockets if we consider the French or European style roulette wheel.

And the winning numbers that the player placed his/her bets on are paid for the win.

The bettor wins if any of his chosen numbers is chosen on the next wheel’s spin as well yielding a player disadvantage of 5.26% in the double zero roulette wheel, while on the single zero roulette wheel, the player disadvantage is reduced to 2.7%

Talking about the different roulette wheels, you’ll realize that the double-zero roulette wheel consists of numbers from 1 to 36, a single zero (0),  and a double zero (00), whereas,

the single-zero roulette wheel consists of numbers from 1 to 36 and a single-zero (0); where half of the numbers (18) are red while the other half of the numbers (18) are black in color while the zeroes are green in color.

And when the game is done, and if the players are left with some chips, they are either exchanged at the tables for negotiable cash or cheques, or they are returned to the dealer and put on sale for players who want to participate in the game. 

For your information, there are certain strategies that can help you increase your chances of winning at the game.

Rules for Playing Roulette

Players participating in Roulette can put their bets in two ways, namely inside bets and/or outside bets.

Inside bets mean that the players need to place their bets on one definitive number or a small range of numbers that they believe the ball would land in. While, on the other hand, players also bet on outside bets meaning they bet on a large range of numbers or a particular color pocket, or at times they bet on either the odd range of numbers or the even range of numbers.

Every roulette table allows a range of minimum or maximum bets for both the inside bets and the outside bets. Also, at times, in order to avoid confusion, the croupier assigns one colored chip to people playing on the inside bets and a different one to the ones playing on the outside bets.

Players can keep playing and gambling until the Croupier or the dealer says “Rien Ne Va Plus” or “No More Bets” which means the game is over.

When the players have placed their bets on the respective numbers, the croupier or the dealer places Dolly, a specific marker suggesting that the bets are made and finalized.

And when the round of the game is done, the croupier sweeps away all the losing bets with the help of a rake or mere hands and calculates and determines the wins in the inside bets and the outside bets, and then he makes the payouts keeping the winning chips on the table.

These are the basic rules to follow while playing Roulette.

This is to be clear that the rules for playing roulette and how to play roulette are two different topics altogether and should not be confused as one.

As we read about the two types of bets in the game of Roulette, let’s read in brief on the very same types of bets, shall we?

Types Of Bets in Roulette Based on Inside and Outside Roulette Numbers

There are basically two types of bets that players place their bets on the roulette table, namely

Inside Bets 

There are eight different types of inside bets, that people chose to bet in a round of roulette games at the roulette table. Those are

  1. Straight inside bet/Single inside bet, where the players bet on a single number as the name suggests.
  1. Split Inside Bet, where the players bet on two numbers adjacent to each other either horizontally or vertically.
  1. Street Inside Bet, where the players place their bets on three consecutive numbers horizontally.
  1. Square Inside Bet/Corner Inside Bet, where the players bet on four numbers that meet at either corner of the roulette wheel.
  1. Double Street Inside Bet/Six-Line Inside Bet, where the players place their bets on six consecutive numbers on two horizontal lines.
  1. Trio Inside Bet, where the players place their bets on three numbers out of which one is a zero or a double zero. For eg: (0,1,2), (0,2,3), (00,2,3).
  1. First Four Inside Bet, is where the players place their bets on four consecutive single-zero layouts of numbers such as (0,1,2,3).
  1. Basket Inside Bet is where the players place their bets on four consecutive double-zero layouts of numbers such as (0,00,1,2,3).

Outside Bets

Outside bets are considered to hold a greater probability of wins than inside bets, with the exception that if the ball hits the pockets of zero or a double zero, it is a loss.

Now, there are six types of outside bets, namely

  1. Low or Manque Outside Bet, or High or Passe Outside Bet, where the players place their bets on a chosen range of numbers, that is either high (1-18) or low (19-36).
  1. Rouge ou Noir Outside Bet, where the players place their bets on a chosen color. It is also known as the red or black bet.
  1. Pair ou Impair, where the players place their bets on either the even numbers or the odd numbers.
  1. Dozen Outside Bet, where the players place their bets on either three sets of 12 numbers that are, Première douzaine which is the first 12 numbers(1-12), also known as P12, or the Moyenne douzaine which is the second dozen of numbers (13-24), also known as M12, and the last one is Dernière douzaine which is the last dozen of numbers (25-36), also known as D12.
  1. Column Outside Bet, where the players place their bets on a dozen of the vertical column of numbers.
  1. Snake Outside Bet, where the players place their bets on a particular set of numbers that is, the numbers- 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. It is chosen in such a way that these numbers form a snake-like structure at the roulette table layout. 

Though this kind of bet is similar to the dozen bet, not all casinos include this type of outside bet in the game.

Types of Bets Based on the Availability and Coverage of The Money Betted

Now, based on the Availability and the Coverage of the bet, there are two types of bet that a roulette player bets with, namely

Call Bet

What is a Call Bet?

Well, a call bet is a type of bet that the player calls for which the player does not have the money or resources at hand to place on the table.

A call bet is made more on credit.

Call Bets are legally banned and considered illegal in many countries, most popularly in the United Kingdom.

Announced Bet

What is an Announced Bet?

An Announced bet is a type of bet in roulette that the player calls for in which he has the handy cash or cheque or chips to cover the bet, before the outcome of the spin and the game.


Roulette is one of the most popular and classic casino table games of all time and there is no question about the fact that people enjoy playing roulette.

Roulette is an exciting, fast-paced game that can be enjoyed by a variety of players. 

The game is easy to learn, but offers a great deal of challenge and strategy. 

Roulette is also incredibly fun because it has a great deal of randomness and luck associated with it. 

Every spin of the wheel offers the potential for a big win, and the thrill of the game keeps players coming back for more. 

The game also offers a great social aspect, as the players can interact and have fun while playing together.

It has been loved so much over the years that we now have online roulette games to play, when and if we can’t access the casinos.

amelia carter
Dr. Amelia Carter

Dr. Amelia Carter, a Yale University graduate with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, stands at the forefront of understanding gambling addiction. Her career revolves around unraveling the complex psychological underpinnings of addictive behaviors, particularly in the context of gambling. With a strong emphasis on responsible gambling, Dr. Carter's work extends beyond academia; she actively counsels individuals struggling with addiction, devises preventive strategies, and advocates for mental health in the gambling sphere. Her commitment lies in mitigating the adverse effects of gambling on individuals and society, offering both counseling and academic insights.

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