The Roulette Table Explained

The live roulette wheel and roulette table are two distinct parts of the classic game where the layout is a deliberate randomisation.

This randomisation includes the alternation of the red and black slots or pockets on the wheel as they do not represent any specific part of the wheel, although some say that the single zero and double zero slightly increase the chance of a the ball falling on either a black or red pocket (respectively.)

The Roulette Table

Originally the roulette game was known as ‘French Roulette’ and was the main casino game played, taking over the European gambling scene back in the 18th century as it was that popular.

The Roulette Table Layout

The table layout is practically the same for both the European and American roulette with the main difference being that the American table has a betting area included for the double zero pocket.  The American table also has some additional bets on offer.

French roulette also has a single zero, but the table layout is a little different being wider with the wheel being in the centre of the table.  This game also uses cash chips instead of coloured chips for players to place a bet.  The croupier also uses a stick and stickman to announce the winning number of the roulette game, to collect the chips from the table and to pay the winner.  This use of a stick during the game and makes the action a little slower than the American version.

Win Important Roulette

In both European and the American version of the game, each player has coloured chips individual to them, and after the Live roulette wheel has stopped and the outcome of the game has been decided the losing chips are collected by hand by the croupier, with the winnings being paid by hand too.

The Online Casino

The online casino also offers European, French and American games, plus players can enjoy a free roulette game.  These free games are great value.  A free game can help you choose which variation of the game you prefer and which layout of the table or wheel appeals to you the most.  In a free game, you will learn all you need to know about the table, how to place a bet and even what type of bet to place.  You can try out a roulette strategy or simply use one of your favourite numbers and colour combinations, there is no monetary outlay, and practice makes perfect.

An online casino will use a Random Number Generator to spin the virtual roulette wheel, slow it down until it falls into one of the pockets.  These RNG’s are regularly tested and certified as fair which means that each roulette game offers a fair chance of a win, just like the bricks and mortar venues.

If you fancy playing at a real table using a live roulette wheel with a real life croupier acknowledging you as you place a bet, all from the comfort of your own home, think about joining in one of the action filled Live games.

Live games are played in real time using a real casino, table, wheel and with a real life croupier via your webcam and a secure channel streamed to your screen.  If you want to place a bet all you need to do is hit the table on the type of bet you want to place.

The Type of Bet

In the game, the type of bet you place is either inside or outside bets.

  • The Straight or single is a bet on a single number
  • The Split bet is a bet on two horizontally or vertically adjacent numbers
  • The Street type of bet is a bet on three consecutive numbers in a horizontal line
  • The Corner or Square is a bet on four numbers that meet at one corner
  • A Six Line or Double Street is a bet on six consecutive numbers that form two horizontal lines
  • The trio type of bet is a three number bet that uses at least one zero
  • The Basket or First Four type of bet is a bet on zero, one, two, three
  • The Top Line type of bet is on zero, double zero, one, two, three (on a double zero table and wheel only)

The Outside Type of Bet

Typically this type of bet gives smaller pay-outs to winners but they have better odds of winning when you place a bet.  All outside bets lose if a zero comes up on the wheel.

  • Red or Black is a type of bet where you make a choice which colour the ball will land on
  • 1-18 (Low) or 19-36 (high) is a bet guessing that the number will be in either range once the wheel has stopped spinning (these numbers are also used in the spread bet*)
  • Even or Odd is simply a bet that the number will be either or.
  • The Dozen type of bet is a bet that the number will be in a vertical column of 12 numbers, and the chip is place on the space below the final number.
  • A snake bet is a special type of bet covering the numbers 1,5,9,12,14,16,19,23,27,30,32, and 34. This type of bet pays out just like the Dozen bet with the snake name deriving from the way the pattern zig-zags over the table.

*If you are enjoying a roulette game in the UK, the outside bets (low/high, red/black and even/odd) result in you only losing half of your bet if a zero comes up.

Each time you play a game at an casino each roulette table will tell you what the maximum and minimum bets are at that particular game.  It could, for instance say, ‘$5 minimum inside bets, $5 minimum outside bets as well as $100 maximum inside and a $100 maximum outside.’ As we have mentioned table maximums are usually lower because the pay-outs are higher.

The Spread Bet Explained

*This form of the roulette game can be played together with the normal game using a regular wheel or you can make a spread bet instead of a the normal type of bet. The Spread bet roulette game is based on the traditional even money 1-18 and 19-36.  The roulette wheel has two concentric rings that spin in opposing directions, once you place a bet on a spread of number you will then need to add these 2 results together which results in the winning Spread-Bet number.  If you have placed this type of bet and win, the casino will pay out on this side bet.

The Double Bet Explained

Many people love the game of roulette for its excitement and entertainment, there is nothing quite like waiting for the wheel to slow down and eventually stop after placing a bet on the roulette table. There are quite a few people that use their own roulette strategy or one of the tried and tested systems available and the double bet is one of those.  This particular double bet works by having the player double his bet after each loss, it is also known as the Martingale strategy or system.  By using a double bet the player would recover all of his previous losses and also make a profit on his or her first win equal to the original stake.

The Roulette Wheel

Once you get the hang of the different table and wheel layouts and the type of bet you can make, you can then take advantage of some really good welcome bonuses and offers only available at the best online casino sites, which further enhance your excitement and bankroll at the same time.

It’s always a good idea to check out the variations as each casino game of roulette is slightly different offering something unique to players, and this variety is what helps the roulette game remain right at the top of the popularity stakes.