Roulette comes from the French term for
“small wheel”. Variations of wheeled games have been around for millennia. Legend has it that Roman soldiers tipped
their chariots over to play games on the spinning wheel as a diversion between campaigns, and others tell of monks bringing
a wheeled game back from China in the middle ages. By all accounts, roulette became widespread in Europe during the 18th and
19th centuries, especially in France and Monte Carlo.
Today, the roulette wheel is perhaps the best internationally
recognized icon symbolizing the glamour, excitement and prestige of high-class casino gaming.
European Roulette wheels
are divided into 37 evenly spaced slots numbered 0, and 1 through 36. The zero slot is green and the other numbers are either
red or black. The evenly balanced wheel, usually made of polished wood, turns on a spindle. The dealer spins the wheel in
one direction and releases a small ivory ball in the opposite direction into the outer edge of the wheel, where it circles
many times before slowing down. As the ball loses momentum it falls toward the center of the wheel and drops into one of the
slots. It may bounce around from slot to slot but eventually it settles into a single slot to end that round of the game.
The fascination of the game comes from the many ways to place a bet and the excitement and anticipation of watching
the ball fall into a slot.
Players make bets against the House by placing chips in various boxes
or on the lines between the boxes on the layout table.
The “Spin” button will not become active until
at least one bet is placed on the layout. Players can place additional bets, modify existing bets or move chips from one location
to another. The “Re-bet” button will place the same amount of chips on the same bets as you had on the previous
spin. Once all desired bets are placed, players click the “Spin” button to spin up the wheel and release the ball.
After a few seconds, the ball begins to fall toward the center as the wheel slows down. When the ball comes to rest in one
of the slots all bets are settled.
The result of each spin is displayed in the tally board on the left side of your
screen, with most recent results appearing at the bottom.
Losing bets will be cleared from the layout and winning
bets will be paid according to the following table:
Roulette Payout Table
Inside Bets Odds Paid
Split (two numbers) 17:1
Row (three numbers) 11:1
Triple (three numbers) 11:1
Corner (four numbers)
Top Line (First 4 numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3) 8:1
Line (six numbers in two adjacent Rows) 5:1
Outside Bets Odds
1st, 2nd or 3rd Column (12 numbers) 2:1
1st, 2nd or 3rd Dozen 2:1
Red or Black 1:1
Odd or Even 1:1
Half (1-18) or High Half (19-36) 1:1
Inside Bets are bets placed inside the grid of numbers on the layout table.
Single — placing a bet on individual numbers (like 0, 4, 23 or 35). Winning singles bets are paid
Split — placing a bet on the line between two numbers (like 2 & 3, or 13 & 16). If the ball
lands on either number, the odds paid are 17-to-1.
Row — placing a bet on the first vertical line in a horizontal
row of three numbers (like 7, 8, 9). If the ball lands in any one of the numbers in a row, the odds paid are 11-to-1.
– placing a bet on three touching numbers. The only triple bets are the intersections of (0, 1, 2) or (2, 3, 0). If
the ball lands in any one of the numbers touching a triple intersection, the odds paid are 11-to-1.
placing a bet on the corner of a group of four numbers (such as 19, 20, 22, 23). If the ball lands on any one of the four
numbers, odds are paid at 8-to-1.
Top Line — the first 4 numbers at the top of the grid (0, 1, 2, 3). If the
ball lands in any one of these four spots, odds are paid at 8-to-1. To make this bet, place your chips on the left-hand side
of the grid at the horizontal line separating the 0 spot from the 1, 2, 3 row.
Line — is a group of six numbers
in two adjacent rows, all touching the same grid line. For example, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 32, 33 make up a Line. If the ball
lands on any one of the six numbers in the Line, odds are paid at 5-to-1. To make a Line bet, place your chips on the horizontal
street line at the left-hand edge of the grid.
Outside Bets are bets placed outside the grid of numbers on the layout
table. They include:
Columns — a vertical column of numbers in the grid (for example; 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24,
27, 30, 33, 36). You place your bet outside the grid at the bottom of the column, in the boxes marked with "2 to 1". If any
one of the numbers in the column comes up, odds are paid at 2-to-1. Zero (0) is not part of any column.
either the first, second or third dozen non-zero numbers (1-12, 13-24 and 25-36, respectively). If the ball lands in one of
the twelve numbers in a dozen, the odds paid are 2-to-1.
Red/Black — bet on whether the winning number is red
or black. Winning bets are paid at 1-to-1.
Odd/Even — bet on whether the winning number is odd or even (excluding
0). Winning bets are paid at 1-to-1.
High/Low — bet on whether the winning number is in the low half (1-18)
or the high half (19-36). Winning bets are paid at 1-to-1.
For example, if you have a winning bet of $20 on a single number
(paid at 35-to-1) you will get back your original bet of $20 plus 35 times your bet of $20 ($700) for a total win of $720.
As another example, if you have a winning bet of $100 on color Red (1-to-1 odds), you will get back your original bet of $100
plus another $100 for a total win of $200.
Players cannot wager more than the maximum for any particular bet in any one
round of the game. Roulette has two sets of maximum limits: one for inside bets and one for outside bets (see Bet Type Table
below). Minimum and maximum limits are posted at the bottom center of the screen. Note that you can wager the maximum on more
than one bet per spin.
Roulette Bet Type Table
Split (two numbers)
Corner (four numbers)
Top Line (First 4 numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3)
Line (six numbers in two adjacent
1st, 2nd or 3rd Column (12 numbers)
1st, 2nd or 3rd Dozen
Red or Black
Odd or Even
Low Half (1-18) or High Half (19-36)