A Guide to the Rules of Roulette
The game of American Roulette is played on a wheel which consists of thirty-eight slots, each with its own number. The numbers on a Roulette wheel are 1-36, 0, and 00. The numbers alternate pairs of odd numbers with pairs of even numbers. The numbers also alternate between black and red. Both the 0 and 00 slots are green. A dealer, or croupier spins the wheel in one direction and then rolls a small ball in the other direction. The ball then drops into one of the slots as it begins to slow down.
The table is designed so that the numbers, not including 0 and 00, are lined up into three columns, each of twelve numbers, the first row is 1,2,3; the second row is 4,5,6 and so on. The rest of the table is devoted to the myriad bets the game entails. Betting is broken down into two major categories, inside bets and outside bets. There is no limit to the number of bets one can play.
This is betting that one particular number on the wheel will come up. This bet is done by placing a chip on top of the number on which you want to bet. If that number wins, the payoff is 35 to 1.
This is betting that one of two numbers that lie next to each other on the table will win. Placing a chip on the line that separates two numbers does this. You win if the ball lands on either number. The payoff is 17 to 1.
Street bet, Trio bet, or Three Number bet
In this bet, a player is wagering that any number in a particular row will hit on the next spin. To make this bet, you must place a chip in the outside line of the row on which you want to bet. You win if any number in the row comes up. The payoff is 11 to 1.
Corner bet, Square bet, or Four-Number bet
This bets that one of four numbers will hit on the next spin. The numbers should all be touching and moving a chip into the center of four numbers places the bet. If one of these numbers comes up, you win. This bets pays 8 to 1.
This is betting that either the 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3 will come up on the next roll. To take this bet, place a chip on the outside line that divides the 0 and 1. You will be paid 6 to 1 if any of these numbers come up.
Six Line bet
This is betting that one of six numbers in two adjacent rows will come up. Place a chip in between two rows on the outside line. If the ball lands on any number in the two rows, you will be paid 6 to 1.
You are betting that the next number to come up is a red. If the next number landed is red, you will be paid 1 to 1, or even money. To play this bet, place a chip on the box marked “Red”.
You are betting that the next number to come up is a black. If the next number landed is black, you will be paid 1 to 1, or even money. To play this bet, place a chip on the box marked “Black”.
This is wagering that the ball will land on an even number. This bet does not include 0 or 00. The payoff is 1 to 1. To play this bet, place a chip on the box marked “Even”.
This is wagering that the ball will land on an odd number. The payoff is 1 to 1 if the next number to come up is odd. To play this bet, place a chip on the box marked “Odd”.
This is a bet that the next number will be between 1 and 18. The payout is 1 to 1. To play this bet, place a chip on the box marked “Low”.
This is a bet that the next number will be between 19 and 36. The payout is 1 to 1. To play this bet, place a chip on the box marked “High”.
These bets divide the table into the numbers 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. To play this bet, put a chip in one of the three boxes marked “1st 12”, “2nd 12” or “3rd 12”. This bet pays 2 to 1.
This bets that a number in a particular column will come up on the next spin. The payoff is 2 to 1 and is done by placing a chip at the end of the layout below your desired column where it is marked “2 to 1”.
The major difference between English and American Roulette is that English has only a 0 instead of both 0 and 00.
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