Roulette tables typically seat from 1 - 7 people. The dealer (also known as
the croupier) stands behind the table, which also contains the wheel and the betting
area, or layout as it is also known. The players can bet until the dealer puts his hands up
and says "No more bets!"
The player simply places his/her wager and waits for the ball to stop
rolling, unlike a game such as blackjack or poker which requires much thought and strategy. This
is why roulette is such a popular game amongst beginning gamblers.
Object of Roulette
To correctly guess which number will hit after the ball lands in one of the
slots. There are many different types of bets in roulette, with different payouts;
everything from a straight up bet at 35/1 odds to a bet on black/red at 1/1 odds.
Before you begin betting at the roulette table, you must purchase special
roulette chips which are of different color. If there are 7 people playing at a table,
there will be seven different colors of chips. This is so that the dealer knows who bet on what
and can keep the payments straight. The dealer will normally give the players 60 seconds
to put their bets down, and players can still lay down bets when the ball is moving and
not dropped into one of the slots. When a player leaves the table, they can cash in the
roulette chips for regular chips.
There are two different types of bets in roulette: inside bets and outside
bets. Inside bets are made on the layout, or number grid. For instance, if you wanted to
bet on a 4 landing on the next spin of the wheel, you would place an inside bet. An
outside bet takes part on the outside of the table, outside of the layout. These types
of bets include red/black, high number / low number and even/odd bets.
The numbers on the layout are laid out like this:
1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34
2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 32 35
3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36
The Inside Bets are:
Straight Up Bet - betting on a single number. For instance, you place a
chip on 20 and the ball lands in the 20 slot. Your $10 bet returns $350 in this case.
Split Bet - Betting on two numbers by placing a chip on the line separating
two different numbers. For instance, you could place a split bet on 31 and 34. If either number
hits, your $10 bet returns $170.
Corner Bet - Betting on 4 numbers by placing a chip at the center of the 4
number block that you wish to bet on. A $10 bet returns $80 if one of the numbers hits.
Street Bet - Betting on a row of 3 numbers, such as 1,2 and 3. A $10 bet in
this case returns
Special Line Bet - this bet is made by placing a chip on 00, 0, 1, 2 and 3.
A $10 bet returns $60.
Dozens - In this bet, you are betting whether the number 1-12, 13-24 or
25-36 will land. For instance, if you place a bet on the 1-12 dozen and 7 lands, your $10 bet would return
Odd or Even - As easy as it sounds. If you believe that an odd number will
land, you would place a bet on the Odd zone in the outside part of the table. A $10 bet would
return $10, plus your original betting amount back.
Red or Black - You either bet on a red number to land, or a black number.
The same payoff as an odd or even bet, even money. So a $10 bet would return you $10.
Column Bet - Similar to a Dozen bet, in that you are betting on one of a
group of numbers to land. Refer to the diagram above of the number placement, and you can see that
there are three columns of numbers. The payout is the same as a Dozen bet, 2 to 1.
High / Low Number - Another even money bet similar to odd/even or
red/black, in this case, low numbers refer to 1-18 (excluding 0 and 00) and high numbers refer to
19-36. If you believe that a low number is going to show up, you would place a $10 bet on the
Low. If any number under 19 showed up, you would win $10.
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