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Glossary of Terms

Roulette Glossary of Terms

Roulette remains one of the most iconic of casino games, and has been featured in literature and movies, and as with all popular culture it also has its own terms and slang associated with it. Below is a list of the most commonly used words and terms used during the game that you are likely to come across.

The Action

This can relate to a few situations.  You can ‘be in the Action’ which means you are in a position to make a bet, or ‘the Action’ is the total amount that has been wageredover a certain amount of time. You can also be ‘watching the Action’ when you are checking out what are ‘hot’numbers’ on the roulette wheel. An ‘Action Player’ is the term given to a player that is consistently betting big money.

All-in

This term is used when a player wagers the whole of his cash pot on one bet.

American Roulette

American roulette is one of the variants of the classic game, and it has two zero pockets which are the ‘0’ and the ’00’ (double zero.) American roulette has a larger house edge than it’s European counterpart, and therefore is not as popular.

The Ball Track

This is the name given to the rim on the roulette wheel where the ball is spun by the croupier. The Ball Track is also known as the BackTrack.

The Bankroll

This term is used for the total amount any one player has to gamble with

The Roulette Bonus

This term is used by online casinos to tempt new players to sign up at their site. Roulette bonuses can be either No-Deposit or Deposit Match Bonuses. Online casinos also offer other special bonuses to their returning players.

A Block Bet

This term is given to a type of wager that covers a block of numbers on the roulette betting area, although they will not be in a block on the roulette wheel.

The Roulette Chip

Roulette chips are not marked with their monetary value, instead they come in different colours, and usually, they are in one denomination.  This is to assist the croupier work out which chip belongs to which player.

The Bottom Track

This is the slanted, inner area of the roulette wheel. The track is stationary, and the roulette balls slides down the bottom track before it bounces into the wheel head and then the pocket.

The Cage

This is the area of a bricks and mortar casino where players can cash out their chips.

Carre

This is French for a Corner bet

The Casino Advantage

The Casino Advantage is also commonly know as the ‘House Edge, edge, vig or ev.’

Chasing Losses

This is where a player increases his bet sizes attempting to win back what he has previously lost.

The Cold Number

This term is given to a number or numbers that have not come up for at least 37 spins of the roulette wheel. There is also the term ‘Cold Table’ which is used when the House is winning all of the time.

A Dead Table

This term is given to roulette tables that are ready to be played, but there are no players.

A Dozen Bet

This is a roulette bet that covers one of the 12 sequences on the roulette table layout

The Dolly

This is used to cover the winning number and is only removed when all winning bets have been paid out and a new game is ready to start.

The Drop

This term is given to the amount deposited by a player

En Prison

One of the French rules of roulette which in effect offers an extra spin.

European Roulette

This variant is the most popular roulette game and has only one zero pocket. The house edge is lower due to the single zero, but the game can be difficult to find in the US.

Even Money Bet

These type of bets can also be called ‘Flat Bets.’  They are bets that pay out 1.1

Flat Betting

This term is given when a players bets the same amount each spin

French Roulette

A variant of the European game which has a few extra rules like the ‘La Partage’ and the ‘En Prison’. French roulette tables are set out differently and with the different sections of the table being name in French (usually with an English translations below.)

A George

This is a player who tips big

A Grifter

A term given to a cheater or a scammer

High or Low

This is an even money bet on all the low numbers (1-18) or on all the high numbers (19-36)

A High Roller

This is a person who bets a large amount of money, and can also be known as a ‘Whale.’

Hot

This is when a player is on a winning streak

Hot Numbers

These are numbers that hit more often than they should based on probability.

The House Edge

This is the amount the casino makes, on average, on every bet made.

The Inside Bets

The bets that are made on the inside grid opposed to the Outside Bets.

A Line Bet

This is a wager made on six numbers. Two lines of three number on the betting grid. There is a 16% chance of a win and the bet pays out 5-1

The Martingale System/Strategy

This is where a player will double their bet after a loss until they get a win

Odd

This is where a player will bet on all of the odd numbers and it pays out 1-1

Orphans

This is a bet on three numbers that are close to each other on the wheel but not close to each other on the table layout

An Outside Bet

This is anything that is not an Inside Bet and includes bets like dozens and columns

To Parlay or Press

To let a bet ride after you have won

A Positive Progression

A roulette system where the bet is increased after a win

A Roulette System

Also called a roulette strategy and used by players trying to improve their odds in the game.

A Run

This is the name for a streak of events, like four black in a row.

Single Zero Roulette

This name is sometimes used for European Roulette

A Six Line Bet

An inside bet on a line of six numbers

The Split Bet

This is a bet made on two numbers that sit next to each other on the table

The Square or Quarter Bet

The name given to an inside bet on four numbers

A Straight Bet (or Straight up Bet)

This is a single number bet and pays out 35-1

A Toke or Zuks

These are the tips given to the dealer. The tokes go into the Toke box

Tournaments

A tournament is a competition where players compete against each other for prizes.

A Wager

An alternative name for a bet

Fibonacci Strategy

Understanding the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy

Fibonacci was born around 1175 to a wealthy Italian merchant called Guglielmo Bonacci who was thought also to be the consul for Pisa. Fibonacci traveled a great deal with his father and it was in Bejaia, Algeria that he first learned about the Hindu-Arabic Numeral system.

As Fibonacci traveled more around the Mediterranean coastal areas, he met with many other merchants learning how their systems of arithmetic worked, and soon realised that the Hindu-Arabic system had many advantages.

By 1202 he had completed the Liber Abaci (the book of Abacus or Book of Calculation), which went on to popularise the Hindu-Arabic numerals in Europe.

Fibonacci Strategy

What is the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy?

The system is known as a negative progression betting system.  This means that it asks the user to increase their stake after suffering a loss. The Fibonacci is a simple mathematical theory and was not designed specifically for roulette but it is used by many during their roulette game.

The system can be used at an online casino as well as a bricks and mortar venue as the same principle applies whether there is a croupier spinning the roulette wheel or if you are at an online roulette table. The system also works for both European and the American roulette game.

The Fibonacci roulette strategy is an interesting one mainly because it is safer than other strategies or systems like the Martingale strategy, and there is still potential for a win.

The system asks the user to start with one and then add the two previous numbers together to give you the next number in the sequence, and below is an example of this.

Adding the Two Previous Numbers In Order to Make a Sequence Following the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy:

1-1-2-3-5-8-13-21-34-55-89-144-233-377-610

You do not have to begin with the number one if you do not want to as long as you add the two previous numbers together, keeping to the system rules.  The reason that many roulette players stay with the lower numbers is because it is safer, and this applies most to those who are new to the system.

What are the Different Types of Bets for the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy?

You start off by betting 1 and then begin to work through the Fibonacci Strategy until you have a win, but if you look at the system you can see that the maths simply does not add up to give you a win each and every time.

What actually happens is the further through the system you get, the more you lose. You are in profit if you win on your first wager, and you break even if you win on the second or third bet, anything after that is a loss and the losses get bigger.

So Why Use the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy at all?

Many would be thinking at this point that the Fibonacci is a total waste of time, but that would not be right as there is a way to get the best out of the sequence, and until you get your win.

An Example of Working Through the Sequence Until There is a Win

  • Bet 1 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 1 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 2 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 3 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 5 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 8 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 13 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 21 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 34 and enjoy a win

Once you have hit your win on the 34 you then move back two numbers in the sequence and bet that, in this case, your bet will be 13. This process is repeated until you are right back at the start of the progression. Remember to always move back two numbers after a win.

Below is another example of how to work through the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy in order for you to enjoy a win.

  • Bet 1 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 1 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 2 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 3 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 5 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 8 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 13 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 34 and enjoy a win
  • Bet 13 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 21 and enjoy a win
  • Bet 8 and enjoy a win
  • Bet 3 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 5 and enjoy a win
  • Bet 2 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 3 and suffer a loss
  • Bet 5 and enjoy a win
  • Bet 2 and enjoy a win
  • Bet 1 and enjoy a win

As you can see in the above example you have made your way back to the beginning of the sequence, and your profit would have been 1, making it much like the Martingale as once you get back to the start in both the Martingale and the Fibonacci the profit is 1.

The most distinctive difference between the two systems is that using the Fibonacci strategy you lost eight bets in a row and the highest bet your made was 21. If you had been using the Martingale you would have placed a 256 bet and lost, this makes the Fibonacci safer.

Again if you look at the example above you will see that there were 12 losses and 7 wins, yet it still works out and makes a profit.

Obviously, nothing is guaranteed and as in most games roulette is a game of chance, but if you think you would like to try one of the popular systems the Fibonacci may be the one for you.

Are There any Restrictions with the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy?

If you take a look at the start of the sequence of numbers you will notice that there are two number 1’s, and if you are moving back in the sequence and get to the second number 1, make a bet and win it, then you must move back again to the first number 1, and make a bet on that too. If you do not follow this rule you will end up only breaking even.

The 2nd Number One is in Bold Type

  • 1-1-2-3

Remember that you have to move back to the first number in order to get your profit and complete the cycle. The fact that it is only one step back is the exception to the rule.

Time might be a factor too as it takes quite some time to get back to the beginning of your sequence, so patience and self-discipline is required. If you do not remain in the system and make a wrong bet along the way, all of the maths will be out.

As we have mentioned previously, a roulette game is a game of chance and the Fibonacci, like all strategies is not immune to a long losing run of bad luck. In order to guard against you trying to chase your losses you should set yourself a stop loss limit and stick to it.

Remember too that most roulette tables have a limit set to them, with some being larger than others, so don’t forget to check these out if you are considering using the Fibonacci Roulette Strategy.

Labouchere Strategy

Understanding the Labouchere Strategy

This strategy was developed by Henry Labouchere who was a keen roulette player and lived form 1831 to 1912.

This roulette strategy is also known by the names ‘the cancellation system’ or ‘the split martingale.’   The labouchere system is also one of the most popular methods used by players at the roulette table, and can be applied both at an online casino or a bricks and mortar venue.

Users of this system decide before they play exactly how much money they want to win, then they need to write down a list of positive numbers that add up to that amount. The player then must bet an amount that equals the first and last numbers of their list on each bet, and if only one number remains in the list then that is the stake.

Below we are going to look further into how this strategy works and answer many of the most commonly asked questions about the Labouchere Roulette System.

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What is the Labouchere Strategy?

Firstly this is not just a simple progressive betting system, it’s a little more complicated and therefore it does take a little getting used to. As we have mentioned above the strategy /system is also known by a few other names, the Split Martingale, The Cancellations System and also the American Progression.

The Labouchere Strategy is called a negative progression system which means that it needs the user to increase their bets after losing a bet, the idea being that you can grab back the losses from losing wagers with a smaller number of wins.

If this sounds similar to the Martingale, then you would be quite right as the Martingale is another negative progression system.  The main difference between the two is that the Labouchere does not try to take back all previous losses with one single win, rather the system tries to recover those losses with multiple wins on a smaller scale.

What are the Different Type of Bets for the Labouchere Strategy?

This system was specifically designed to be used on the even money outside bets like red or black, or odd or even. Although the system was designed for roulette it can also be used in other casino games like baccarat, blackjack and sports betting.

As we have mentioned a list needs to be made so this sequence needs to be written down, and although you can use most sequences it is wise to put a little thought into it which we will talk over in more detail, but for now we will keep the example simple.

A Simple Sequence

1-2-3

This sequence has the potential profit of 6, and that is because the profit is equal to the value of the numbers in the sequence or list you have made.

Each time a bet is made the stake wagered must be equal to the sum of the first and last numbers of your sequence, and if we look at the sequence above that would make the wager 4 (1+3).

If you happen to be lucky and win your bet, you will then take away, remove the first and last numbers from the sequence. Crossing them out leaves you with another set of numbers as first and last or one (in which case, that becomes your bet.)

If you happen to lose your bet you must then ADD the amount staked to the end of the sequence, so your list would now look like this:

1-2-3-3-4   (four because that is the amount you bet)

These rules apply after every single bet you make, win and cross the numbers off, lose and you add a number to the end. Every subsequent bet has the combined amount of the first and last numbers wagered.

In the last example we added the losing amount of 4 to the sequence making the list 1-2-3-4 so the next bet would then be 5 (first and last numbers 1 and 4)  If that won then the one and the four would be crossed off.

We would then be left with a 2-3 stake so the next bet would also be 5, and if this loses then the 5 would have to be added to the sequence making it

 2-3-5.

This would make the required stake now 7 (first and last numbers, two and five) and if you, as an example, won the next bet then you would cross off the 2 and the 5.

This would leave you with 3 to play with and winning with that amount means that you have completed the cycle.

  • The losing bets = 9 (4+5)
  • The winning bets =15 (5+7+3) which is a win of 6 equal to the sum of numbers in the original sequence

More Examples of the Labouchere Strategy Based on the above information:

  • Wager 4 (one plus three) lose, Add 4 to the end giving 1-2-3-4
  • Wager 5 (one plus four) lose. Add 5 to the end, giving 1-2-3-4-5
  • Wager 6 (one plus five) you win so cross out 1 and 5, leaving 2-3-4
  • Wager 6 (two plus four) you lose add 6 to the end , leaving 2-3-4-6
  • Wager 8 (two plus six, lose, then add the 8 to the end leaving 2-3-4-6-8
  • Wager 10 (two plus the eight) win, Cross off the 2 and the 8, leaving 3-4-6
  • Wager 9 (three plus six) win, Remove the 3 and the 6, leaving 4
  • Wager 4 and lose, Add 4 to the end of your list, leaving 4-4
  • Bet 8 (the two remaining fours) and win, cross out both fours, completing the chain

In the above cycle, you would have won four bets and lost five.

  • Total losses amounting to 27
  • Total wins amount to 33

The total profit is still 6, even though there have been more losses than wins. No matter how long the chain is, you will end up making a profit equal to the total value of the original sequence of numbers. This is the main concept to the Labouchere Strategy, and although it can appear more complicated, once the rules have been grasped then it is not that hard to put into practice.

Is There any Flexibility to the Labouchere Strategy?

Yes, there is, and its one of the positives of the system. As you have the option of adjusting the initial betting sequence, you can also adjust the levels of risk and reward to a certain degree. For instance, if you begin with a longer sequence of higher numbers with a larger profit as long as you finish the chain.

If you do try this remember that the size of your bets will increase quickly if you have a few losses, although this can be offset by using a sequence that includes a few zeros, making the system a lot safer.

Are There Any Restrictions With the Labouchere Strategy?

Playing roulette, enjoying the spin of the roulette wheel, and then waiting for it to slow and finally land (hopefully) in one of your chosen pockets is incredibly exciting and betting on a system can add to that excitement, although it must be remembered that enjoying a win is an added bonus and should not be the main intention of any gambling game.

Whichever roulette table you play at will have its own limitations regarding its minimum and maximum bet, so check these out before you make your sequence.  For those High Rollers there are also games that have far greater limits.

Using any system whether it is your own home made variation or one of the more popular tried and tested systems like the Labouchere Strategy can add a lot to your game, and the beauty of any system is that you can always move to another one if it does not suit you.

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Martingale Strategy

Explaining the Martingale Strategy

The Martingale strategy originated in 18th century France. Most of us have flipped a coin and bet on heads or tails, doubling up each time we lose, and this is basically what this strategy asks the player to do, to double up his bet after each loss, with the aim that after the first win all previous losses will be wiped, plus the player will make a small profit. This strategy has been applied to roulette throughout the ages.

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Everyone who plays roulette has a strategy even if they don’t realise it. Of course, the game is a game of chance as we cannot actually predict the future, but many people place their hopes of a win on a favourite date or number/colour combination when betting at the roulette table. In the game of roulette the odds vary on the type of bets you place, with inside bets paying out better than outside bets, and so this has to be taken into consideration when using any strategy, no matter what it is.

The Martingale strategy can be applied when playing at an online casino or at a bricks and mortar casino.

How do you Apply the Martingale Strategy to Roulette?

This is possibly the most common system that roulette players use, with the idea being the same as when we used to bet on a flip of a coin, and that is doubling up each time we lose so that when a win comes our way we can grab back those losses, plus make a profit.

The majority of players use the strategy on the even chance bets and it can be called the ‘double up method’ because bets are doubled up after each consecutive loss until there is a win.  When there is a win then the betting can go back to the original amount.

The Martingale Strategy is great for increasing your chances of winning over the short-term, and to do this you will need to bet bigger amounts in order to win small amounts, as the odds are that you will have more winning sessions than losing sessions. Remember though your wins will be smaller than your losses, and although less frequent, this can put some less risky players off.

The above fact is why it is so important to set your limits when using any strategy, set your bankroll and keep to it, use self-discipline and common sense and remember that the game is there (just like any other games) for entertainment and excitement.  Enjoying a win is on top of everything else, the icing on the cake!

What are the Different Types of Bets for the Martingale Strategy?

First, we will look at the progressions a player needs to make using the Martingale on the outside bets.

Even Chance Betting

1-2-4-8-16-32-64-128-256-512-1024-2048-4096-8192

This is the most common progression that a player would use for bets of Red/Black, Odds/Evens, and also 1-18/19-36 bets. Of course, you don’t have to stay with the above progression, but what you need t o remember is to stick with the rule of doubling up your last bet when you lose. Below is another progression that could be followed instead of the one above.

3-6-12-2-48-96-192   or maybe this: 5-10-20-40-80-160-320

It is also wise not to start off on a higher number as the higher your starting figure, the faster your bets become too risky and you might not stick to your limits, so as a rule of thumb, if you are new to the Martingale then begin low on the £1 then double to £2 and then £4, and carry on it that fashion.

So keep on doubling those bets until you have a win, then once that has happened to go back to the £1 bet. There is no need to stick to wagering on the same colour that is up to you, so long as you remember to double up you will be keeping to the rule of the strategy.

What are the Chances of Losing 10 Spins one After the Other?

Some players feel that the losses that they suffer outweigh the small profits that they make, whilst other players feel that achieving 10 Reds or 10 Blacks in a row is going to be pretty difficult to get.

If we look at the odds and choose Black as an example, here are the odds for Black not hitting for 10 spins in a row (for both American and European games) The numbers apply to any of the even money bets, Red/Black, Odd/Even and also 1-18-19-36.

For European Roulette (19/37)

  • 10 = 0.1275% – this is therefore a 1 in 784 chance

For American Roulette (20/38)

  • 10 = 1.1631% – this is therefore a 1 in 613 chance

The above figures also take into account the Zeros, as you could conceivably have 5 Reds in a row then a zero, the another 4 Reds in a row which would result in Black not hitting for 10 spins in a row.

*All the numbers above relate to the START of the event, and not during.  This mean that when you are at the roulette wheel and spin the wheel there is a 1 in 784 chance that you will begin a run of your colour not hitting for 10 spins.  After say 5 spins of your colour not hitting, the odds of that getting to 10 are no longer 1 in 784 (in European games) as you have already have 5 of them, and this mean the odds therefore reduce dramatically.

What is The Martingale on the Dozens?

The Martingale strategy can be used on the Dozens and Column bets which are the other two outside bets, if the numbers are altered. Each covers 12 numbers and the payout is 2-1, so if you bet say 1 you would therefore get 3 back. Below is the progression needed for the bet.

  • 1-1-2-3-4-6-9-14-21-31-47-70-105-158-23-355

The maths on this version is not as clean as that for the even payout bets, and the profit will jump up and down between 1 and 2. You also cover less of the table, so the numbers will go up slower than they do with the even chance bets.

What are Double Dozen or Column Bets on the Roulette Table?

This is where the player bets on either two Dozens at the same time or two Columns at the same time using the progression below.

  • 1-3-8-27-81-243

This means that the bet would be 243 on the 1st Dozen and 243 on the 2nd Dozen as an example, and with this style of betting over half the table is covered. Because so much of the table is covered you will win more than half of all bets, and as long as you have a bankroll big enough to cover the bets then this is a good strategy.

Can you use This Strategy on Inside Bets?

Yes, the Martingale strategy can be used on the inside bets too and below are the progressions you would use:

Line Bet, 6 numbers at the same time

  • 1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12-14-21-25-30

Corner Bet, 4 numbers on a square of numbers on the table

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-3-3-4-4-5-5-6—8-9-10-12-14-16-18-20-23

Three Number Bet which include the Streets, the 0-1-2 bet and the 0-2-3

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-5-5-6-6-7-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16

The Split Bet.There are numerous split bets on the roulette table being two number bets that are next to each other, the progression is below.

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-4-5-5-56-6-6-7-7-8-8-9-9-10-10-11

The Single Number Bet and its Progression. Be careful with this one as if your number is not coming up on the roulette wheel it can become pretty expensive.

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-6-6-6-6-6

Are there Any Limits With the Martingale Strategy?

All Players must be aware of the roulette table limits, as once you hit those limits you will not be allowed to increase your bets and stick to the strategy. Most outside bets are limited to £500 a spin or thereabouts.

Check-out what the limits are at the table you are considering playing at as some casinos, online casinos included, have a higher minimum bet as well.

There are also roulette games that have seriously high limits for the High Roller players, which can have maximum bets of up to £250,000.

Other restrictions are the usual ones of age and validation before you can play at any casino. If you remember that you are primarily playing for fun and set yourself that limit and walk away whether you win or lose then you will enjoy incorporating this popular roulette strategy into your game.

Roulette Odds

Understanding Roulette Odds

Like many other gambling games roulette is a lot about chance and luck, but also it is about the odds that can work both for and against the player. We are going to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about roulette odds and how the different bets can have an affect on your game in clear and jargon free language.

We shall also briefly explain a little about the different strategies that can be used, with a selection of the most popular roulette strategy systems having dedicated pages of their own.

You will also learn about the house edge and how it affects your game, together with an explanation of the payout rates.  We shall also see if there are any restrictions when placing a bet and if so why they there.

What Are Roulette Odds?

Simply put the odds is the advantage that the casino has over the player, and we speak about roulette odds as the ‘house edge.’ There is a different house edge applies to different roulette games.

You can easily work out the house edge by dividing the number of zeros on the wheel by the total number of slots. This rule applies to the standard games that pay at odds.

If you look deeper into the odds of roulette you will soon begin to see what is going on in the game.

What are the Roulette Odds Payout Rates?

On the table below are the names of the bets, what the Payout is, the version of roulette game and the associated house edge:

The Bets The Payout European Odds Eu House Edge American Odds US House Edge
Reds / Blacks (color) 1:1 48.65% 2.7% 47.37% 5.26%
Evens / Odds 1:1 48.65% 2.7% 47.37% 5.26%
Lows / Highs (1-18 / 19-36) 1:1 48.65% 2.7% 47.37% 5.26%
Dozens 2:1 32.43% 2.7% 31.58% 5.26%
Columns 2:1 32.43% 2.7% 31.58% 5.26%
6 Numbers (6 line) 5:1 16.22% 2.7% 15.79% 5.26%
5 Numbers (top line) 6:1 13.16% 7.89%
4 Numbers (square) 8:1 10.81% 2.7% 10.53% 5.26%
3 Numbers (street) 11:1 8.11% 2.7% 7.89% 5.26%
2 Numbers (split) 17:1 5.41% 2.7% 5.26% 5.26%
1 Number (straight) 35:1 2.70% 2.7% 2.63% 5.26%

As you can see from the table above European roulette favours the player more so than the American version, consequently more people play the European tables outside of the US.

When you place a bet of odd of (for instance) 1.1 and you win, you will get your win PLUS the original bet placed, this applies to all of your bets.

The house edge as explained is the advantage the casino has over its players, it is one of the ways that the casino makes its money. The way that it works is that if the house edge is 2.7% (as an example) and the bet is £1 then you will lose 0.027.

What are the Different Types of Roulette Bets?

The game of roulette has two main types of bets and these are the ‘inside’ and the ‘outside’ bets. Each bet has a different limit with the outside bets being the higher. This is mainly because the payouts are usually higher on inside bets.

Below are the different types of bets, the roulette odds and also the chip placements.

Roulette Odds

  • Straight (only 1 number selected) Payout of 35-1 which is your original bet PLUS another 35 units
  • The Split (2 number selected) Payout of 17-1 which is your original bet PLUS another 17 units
  • The Street (3 numbers selected) Payout of 11-1 which is your original bet PLUS 11 units
  • The Square (4 numbers selected) Payout of 8-1 which is your original bet PLUS another 8 units
  • Six Line (6 numbers) Payout of 5-1 which is your original bet PLUS 5 units
  • Colours (18 numbers) Payout of 1-1 which is your original bet PLUS one extra unit
  • Dozens (12 numbers) Payout of 2-1 which is your original bet PLUS another 2 units
  • Highs/Lows (1-18 or 19-36) Payout rate of 1-1 which is your original bet PLUS one more unit
  • Odds/Evens (18 numbers) Payout of 1-1 which is your original bet PLUS another 1 unit
  • Columns (12 numbers) Payout of 2-1 which is your original bet plus another 2 units

What Strategies are There for Selecting Favourable Odds?

Everyone who has ever bet on the spin of the wheel has used a system or strategy even if they have not realised it. It could be as simple as choosing a favourite number or date, colour or combination of numbers, all of these are systems or strategies hopeful for a win.

There is also a selection of popular strategies that are used by players who use their chips to cover the table in various ways. If they are lucky enjoying a win at roulette they will have one follow on strategy, and if they are unlucky and suffer a loss they will have another roulette strategy to use.

Below is a brief list of some of the most popular roulette strategies/systems:

  • The Martingale Strategy (also known as the Double Up) Based on the Martingale system players have to have a big enough money pot to be able to double up their bet each time they suffer a loss.
  • The Labouchere Roulette System is a more flexible system than the Martingale roulette system. You choose how much you want to win then create a series of random numbers that add up to that amount. Your wager is decided by adding the numbers at either end of your lists, and wager that amount on any bet with a payout of even money.
  • The Fibonacci system was developed form a mathematical sequence. This strategy has been used by many to try to beat the roulette wheel and is also used by those that enjoy baccarat, as well as forex traders.

Some strategies are more aggressive than others, and some require you to have a pen and paper close to hand. Quite a few roulette systems have reverse options, like the Reverse Martingale Roulette Strategy.

Of course winning at roulette is the ultimate aim, and watching as the ball spins the slows before finally jumping into one of the slots (hopefully one of yours!) is quite a thrill.  Roulette has always gone hand in hand with the beautiful people, and has been featured in many iconic movies.

Online roulette also brings the thrill of the casino straight to your living room in the form of exciting live options. These can be accessed via your webcam and are streamed from a real casino in real time with a real croupier.

Playing online keeps many players very happy as they are connected all the time to the games that they love, plus as online casinos do not have all the operating costs that their bricks and mortar cousins have they can pass on these savings to their customers.   Also, it should be mentioned that online casinos frequently offer free games of roulette so players can try out their roulette strategy without any cost to themselves.

Are There Any Restrictions When Placing a Bet?

Besides the age restrictions that all casinos adhere to, and of course the regional restrictions that can apply, yes there are some restrictions or limitations when you play roulette either online or in a real casino.

Although there are a variety of betting opportunities there are also a few limitations that apply to roulette.  There will be notification either at the roulette table or on screen, which is the ‘table limit sign.’  This informs players of any limitations which relate to bet placements.

Different casinos and different games will have different limitations and below is an example of what it could be:

  • The minimum chip denomination is £1
  • The minimum inside bet might be £10
  • The minimum outside bet might be £10
  • The maximum inside bet could be £150
  • The maximum outside bet could be £3,000

As you can see the maximum for inside bets is a lot lower than the maximum for an outside bet and this is because the payout for inside bets is so much higher.  What you have to remember is that you must keep within the casinos minimum and maximum amounts.

The choice is yours whether to make that bet that will payout more but the odds are not as good, or will you stay safe with the higher odds?  No matter which choice you make roulette odds certainly add that extra punch to each spin of the wheel.

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European Roulette

European Roulette

As the game of roulette became more popular so the different variations were created. European roulette and French roulette and the American version of the game.

It is thought that the French version of the game is the most authentic with the other two versions (European and American) being developed when the game was introduced to other nations.

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The French version of roulette is widely played in France and also in Great Britain, but it is European roulette that is the most widely played throughout the rest of the world excluding America.

What are the Similarities of the Two Games?

The European game often gets confused with French roulette, with the French version of the game being played throughout France and Monaco and Great Britain, so it is understandable why this happens. There are however several differences between the two, although the differences are not in the gameplay

Both versions share certain rules.  French games contain La Partage and En Prison rules, and these rules can also be present in European roulette tables. Both variations of the game have similar odds and house edge in certain casinos, and this is because both versions only have the one green zero slot.

So What are the Differences?

The differences are physical between the two variations. These differences may be called superficial and have very little effect on how the actual game is played, but they are noticeable.

Both The European and French wheels are exactly the same using the same single zero variety. It is the table set up that differs.

The first difference between the French and European roulette table is the location of the wheel.  In the European game the wheel is at the end of the table whereas the wheel is situated in the middle of the French table.

The French design does not divide the betting layout and has in fact two, the purpose most likely for this is to allow more players to take part in a single table.

The other big difference is the language used. You will find the labels on a European table are in English (besides any other language the game is played).  In the French version the names for all the different bets and other wordings are in French.

This French written table should not give anyone a hard time if they know how to play the game especially as the layout is very similar to that of the European tables.  Some French tables have the English translation directly below the French wording.

Do the Game Rules Differ?

From the American version, yes, but these are due to the physical differences to the game setup.

Many players consider that the European game an archetype of roulette with its layout labeled appropriately and the wheel situated at the far end.  This style of table and wheel is not so very different from that of the American roulette, however the big difference is that the European game only has on single zero (0) whereas the American version has two zeros (a double 00).

European game rules are fundamentally the same as in other game of roulette, with the game beginning once the table is opened for players to place bets.  Once the croupier announces “No More Bets” the betting ends and the roulette wheel is spun. The ball used in the game is then rolled in the opposite direction and wherever it lands once the wheel stops spinning denotes which player has won.

*The type of bet does not have to be made on a specific number but can be made on its colour, whether it is odd or even or the outside bet that covers it amongst other variations.

Do the Number of Zeros Affect the Fractional Odds?

Yes they do.  Many casinos changed to the American versions with the double zero, although the American tables are now in decline outside of the US.  The single zero in the European games supposedly ruin the 50% winning chance of the games even-money bets, but on a plus side this type of table has a much lower percentage than the double zero games have.

Are There Any Other Differences?

Yes there are as the European games are full of quite unique table practices. In every game each type of bet is made using chips that have their corresponding monetary value with the croupier or dealer sweeping them off using a special spade instead of using their hands. Gamblers are not obliged to tip the croupier in the European game. In any other version of roulette this gesture of courtesy is commonplace.

Do Roulette Strategies Work?

Yes and No!

The roulette ball does not have a memory so this means that every spin is independent from all past spins.  Saying that there are many players who firmly believe in their own betting system whether that is on a favourite anniversary date, or all odds or evens.

Gamblers have been looking for a system that works a 100% each time and there have been those that found a flaw within the game such as a slight bias on the wheel (hence the song about the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo.)

In fact the Monte Carlo Bank has been broken several times.  To ‘Break the Bank’ relates to when a gambler wins more than the reserve held at that particular table where they are playing.

American Roulette

A Brief History

It was in the 19th that roulette spread over Europe and the US becoming one of the most popular and famous casino games.

Originally the French game contained a double zero (00) and it was this version that sailed its way up the Mississippi from New Orleans to go westward.  The roulette wheel was originally not on top of the table but kept below on a shelf.  This led to a lot of cheating by both the players and the operators and so the wheel was moved onto the table.

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Now no devices could be hidden either on the table or the wheel, and this is when the betting layout was simplified evolving over time into the American style roulette game.  This popular version developed quite differently from its French counterpart as it was in the dens and makeshift set-ups that the Americans found their game whereas the French game developed in style and luxury in Monte Carlo.

What are the Main Differences Between European Roulette and American Roulette?

The most noticeable difference between the two versions is mainly physical with the most noticeable one being on the wheel.  American roulette wheels have both a single zero and a double zero on the wheel so in total there are 38 slots or pockets.  This means that the American version has a higher house advantage of 5.26%.  The numbers on the American wheel are placed in pairs opposite to each other which differs from the European randomly place numbers on their wheels.

Is There Any Other Differences?

Yes. The European and French Roulette games have several rules like the ‘La Partage’ and the ‘En Prison’ rules included which are not typically played in the American version.

The chips that are placed on the roulette table are also different.  Those used in the American roulette games are offered in different colours, and each colour denotes a value.  European roulette chips are all the same colour but have their monetary value printed on them.

One other small difference is the way the losing bets are collected.  In European games there is a long stick called a ‘rake’ used by the croupier, in American games hands and arms are used to sweep off the losing bets from the table.

Other than those things mentioned above the game plays out in much the same way for each variation.  There is nothing quite like the spin of the wheel and the roll of the ball.  Waiting for the wheel to slow and the ball to lose momentum are exciting moments as is waiting to see where the ball will land and if you are going to be lucky is incredibly entertaining.

Are There American Roulette Games Online?

Yes there are many to choose from.  The beauty of playing online, besides the convenience, is the amount of choice players are offered.  You can choose from a whole bunch of variants as well as the classic game, and there is sure to be one that suits each person.

What Type of Variants will I be Offered?

For a fun alternative you could try a game of mini roulette, which has only 13 slots on the wheel.  The pace is faster and great fun with payouts being scaled down accordingly.

Again for those who like a faster pace there are Multi-Wheel Roulette games.  Some casinos will provide players with up to six wheels running at the same time whereas other casinos will only have the one wheel but multiple number tracks about the outside.  Whichever is chosen all add another dimension to your online roulette games.

For those who enjoy themes many top class online casino sites offer themed games of roulette like the characters from the Marvel Comics or famous books, television shows and movies.

Online roulette casinos can obviously offer more choice, tournaments and progressive games as they have less overheads to pay for than a traditional venue, this means that games can have substantial payouts and are well worth checking out.

Online games are available on mobile devices too which means that players will never be far away from their favourite games.

How Will I Know Which Game to Play?

Again this is up to each individual, but the best casinos will offer free games for you to try.  These free games mean that you can find out about all of the games on offer and are a great way to see which one you like the best before committing any of your own money to the site.

How do I Know That the Games are Fair?

Good quality online casinos are regulated by the relevant Gambling Commission and are certified as such.  These sites use a Random Number Generator or RNG which spins the virtual wheel, rolls the virtual dice and deals the virtual cards, spins the reels and operates all the parts of each game you are offered.

The RNG is independently audited and then will be certified as true and fair giving each player at the site an even chance of a win.  In this way the online casino disassociates itself from that part of the operation.

So What are the Live Games I have heard About?

Live games are very exciting to play and well worth waiting for a seat if the table is full. Games are streamed to your screen via your webcam from a real casino and in real time.  There will be a real live human croupier to spin the wheel and you cannot really get any closer to being in a real casino but from the comfort of your own home.

These types of games cost more to set up and so the choice is not as varied, but you will be offered the most popular variations.

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French Roulette

French Roulette

The iconic game of roulette is offered in three main versions, the game of American roulette, the game of European roulette and finally the game of French roulette.

French Roulette

Here we are going to answer some of the main questions posed by those who are interested in the French version of the game.

A Brief History

Roulette is one of the most popular casino games and is named after the French world that means ‘little wheel.’

The very first form of the game was played in 18th century France, yet it was a whole century earlier that a mathematician called Blaise Pascal invented a primitive form of roulette whilst working on a perpetual motion machine.  There is also some thought that roulette is a whole mix of various other games that existed before the final game was decided upon.

Throughout history, we have enjoyed gambling on the spin of a wheel, from the Greeks who spun their shields on its metal point, to the Roman soldiers who used a spinning chariot wheel to bet on. But it was the roulette wheel that was to be the spin that stood the test of time.

What Does The French Roulette Wheel Look Like?

The French roulette wheel has colored pockets or slots in red and black, numbered from zero to thirty six, there is also one green zero (a single 0), and the numbers on the French roulette wheel are located in a different manner to those of the American wheel.

The croupier spins the wheel, takes the bets and adds the ball to the game. The croupier also gives out the winnings to lucky players after calling the winning number or combinations that have been wagered on.

French Roulette

Is The French Roulette Table Different From Other Roulette Tables?

Yes. The table used in a French roulette game has a unique layout. All numbers are white in color and only a single zero is shown.

Another difference in the table is that the position of the outside betting differs between the French and American versions of the game with the outside betting field on the French table being split into two and found along both sides of the table layout.

The outside bets have its French moniker shown with its translation into English directly below.

What are the Even-Money Bet Rules in French Roulette?

The even-money bet rules are the one major difference between the French and European version of the game.  These rules are called La Partage and En Prison.

  • The La Partage rule increases the player’s odds against the house. If a player wagers an even-money bet and the ball lands on a zero then half of their money wagered will be returned to them by the croupier.
  • The En Prison rule is similar but a little more complicated. The way En Prison works is that if a player makes an even money bet and then the ball lands on a zero the croupier will place that bet ‘in prison’ and then it will be used on the next spin, repeating your original bet.

French Roulette

Are There Any Other Differing Bets in the French Game?

Yes there are and below is a brief explanation:

  • The Tiers Du Cylinder is a bet where the player places bets of twelve numbers opposite the zero on the wheel and can also be known as the ‘Small Series’.
  • The Voisins De Zero (neighbours of zero) is a bet where the player will bet on zero as well as the seven numbers directly to its right and the nine numbers that are directly to the left of the zero.
  • Orphelins (orphans) is a bet that makes up the two slices of the wheel that lie outside of Tiers and Voisins. The Orphans contain a total of eight numbers, 17,34,6, and the Orphelins being 1, 20, 14, 31 and 9.

What is the House Edge?

The house edge or sometimes known as the house advantage is the amount of money any player loses to the casino relative for any bet they make.  The only real house edge that the casino has in roulette is determined by the number of green pockets or slots on the wheel.

This means that the fewer green slots a wheel has then the better it is for the player.  As French games only have one green slot or zero then the odds are better than the games that have two (American version)

The French version of roulette has the lowest house advantage with the edge being only 1.35%.

French Roulette

Can I Also Play The French Game Online?

Yes you can, and once more the game will be offered alongside some great bonuses and promotional offers.

Online games of roulette are also available 24/7 which means that players can enjoy themselves in a safe and secure environment whenever and wherever they choose (as long as there is an internet connection).

Many online sites also offer free options which is useful for new players or those that do not want to bet any of their own money.  In fact, online casinos attract high roller players, those that play now and again and new players for many reasons like choice, availability, ease of access and the entertainment value that is on offer.

Finally, for those that want to be right in the action, quality online casinos also offer a ‘Live’ version of the iconic game using a secure casino stream and your web cam.  These games take place in real time, with a real croupier from a real casino. Roulette games like these have limited seats just like in the bricks and mortar casinos, but they are well worth trying even just the once.

The Roulette Wheel

In the game of roulette in order to determine what the winning number will be a croupier spins the roulette wheel in one direction, then she adds a small ball spinning in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track which runs about the outer of the wheel.  When the wheel begins to slow the ball loses its momentum and falls on to the wheel eventually landing into one of the slots or pockets. The type of roulette table will determine how many slots are included on the wheel.  If the type of bet you have made corresponds with where the ball has finally landed then you have a win bet.

The Roulette Wheel

The Roulette Wheel Number Sequence

  • European and French Roulette. Roulette wheels vary depending on which game you are playing.  For instance if you were playing at a European table the pockets or slots of the roulette wheel will be numbered from zero to 36. Odd numbers are red and the even numbers are always black. There is also a green pocket or slot and this is numbered zero (0).  French roulette also has the same amount of numbers and the single zero.
  • American Roulette. The American version of roulette there is a second green pocket or slot, which is numbered as a double zero (00).  In most casinos, the pocket order sticks to the same clockwise sequence.

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The Roulette Table

It is usual for the roulette table to impose both a maximum and a minimum bet on each game, and these rules usually also apply separately for all inside and outside bets on each spin.  Some casinos use different coloured chips to distinguish each player although no roulette chip ever has a monetary value marked on its side. Bets can be made until the croupier says ‘no more bets’ or rien ne va plus.’

On the table is a cloth covered area and this is known as the ‘layout.’ The layout is either European or American with their single and double zeros respectively.  The French game layout where the table is in the centre and a layout is on either side of the wheel is rarely found outside of Monte Carlo, rather the American style layout is commonly used with the wheel to one end.

The presence of the green slots and squares on the roulette wheel and table are technically the only house edge that the casino profits from, and as roulette is simple to learn and play the house edge can be one of the biggest, especially in the American version (because it has that extra zero.)

Roulette Strategy

Enjoying a roulette game is all about trying to guess where the ball will land and betting on that guess, and many people follow some type of roulette strategy whether it is one of the many tried and tested systems like the Martingale or a favoured colour/number combination, no matter which one is chosen the roulette game is ultimately one of chance and luck with nerve wracking seconds thrown in waiting for that ball to finally fall into one of the slots hopefully to give you a win bet.

Playing Online

The online game is also one of the most popular table games you can play via your computer or mobile device, and numerous variations of games that can be enjoyed.  Online roulette transfers over to the small screen easily and as technology advances so does the quality of the game.  Now we can enjoy the spin of a wheel on bigger phone screens, in High Definition, with excellent graphics, audio and video clips included.  Remember those times when you were waiting for the ball to land in a pocket and the whole game went down?  Thankfully that does not happen, and even if it did the game will save where you were up to, just in case.

There are many new online casinos springing up almost every day, competition is fierce and this is very beneficial for the player.  Benefits include some stunning welcome offers as sites try to tempt you through their virtual doors and keep you returning with other daily, weekly and monthly offers.  You can also expect to find tournaments with great prizes on offer plus excellent progressive jackpot games.

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Live Roulette

The live casino has to be one of the most exciting ways to enjoy your game, with others around a real roulette table, using real wheels and spun by a gorgeous real life croupier.  All the action is fed through to you via a live stream using your webcam.

Playing this version of online roulette is immensely enjoyable as you can interact with the croupier as you place your bets, although you will have to wait for a seat (just like any other bricks and mortar casino) as numbers are limited due to the cost of setting a live casino up.

Even though you have to wait sometimes, putting a little of your bankroll to one side if only to experience the thrill of these live games is well worth it and highly recommended.

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