Basic Roulette Rules
Roulette rules are very simple and straightforward. The players place their bets, and then the ball starts rolling as the croupier spins the wheel, and stops in one of the pockets with a number and the colour.
Depending on what kind of bet you made you will either win or lose. In the paytable below you can see the main types of bets and payouts.
However, there are some rules you should be aware of when it comes to the types of Roulette bets you can place and what kind of payouts they can provide.
Types of Bets and Odds
Roulette offers a selection of bets at every spin. These bets fall under two main categories, known as ‘inside bets’ or ‘outside bets’.
Generally, online casinos allow you to make a single bet or several inside or outside bets, as well as to have a combination of inside and outside bets during the same round.
- Red or Black – betting on the colour of the pocket which the ball will land on. If you win your Red or Black bet you can get your amount back together with a payout that is equal to the amount of your bet.
- Odd or Even – a bet placed on the ball landing on either an even or an odd number.
- (One thing to keep in mind when making these two types of outside bets is that if the ball lands on 0, the bet is lost, since 0 is considered neither an odd nor even number, and it doesn’t belong to the black or red category either).
- 1 to 18 or 19 to 36: betting on whether the number will be lower or higher than 19.
- Dozens – betting on the following 3 segments of the Roulette table: 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36
- Columns – betting on one of three columns of 12 numbers on the Roulette chart
If you’d like to improve your odds, you should keep in mind that outside bets can offer decent payouts even for bets with a high probability of resulting in a win. On the other hand, Roulette inside bets offer very high rewards but come with a low probability of winning.
There are 7 types of inside bets and how these are indicated on the table:
- Straight bets – betting on just one number on the Roulette wheel by placing the chip inside the square of the number to place this bet.
- Split bet – betting on two numbers adjacent to each other on the table, by placing the chip on the line between these two numbers.
- Street bets – betting on three consecutive numbers on the same line by placing the chip on the outer corner of the row.
- Six Line bets – betting on two adjacent lines by placing the chip on the outer corner of the two lines.
- Corner bet (square bet)– betting on 4 numbers by placing the chip on the common corner of these numbers.
- Trio bet – betting on 3 numbers, including the 0, by placing the chip on the line between the zero box and 2 other numbers.
- Basket bet – betting on 0, 1, 2 and 3 by putting the chip on the corner next to the zero and the first line.
The below table shows the type of Roulette Bets, the odds of winning with each bet, and the casino house edge for the classic European Roulette. Roulette odds will vary depending on the variant played. For example, American Roulette comes with 2 zeros, which gives the casino a higher house edge.
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Roulette betting systems and strategies
Many pose the question of how to win on online Roulette, for obvious reasons. Although there is no single strategy that guarantees a profit, there are several Roulette strategies that experienced players use to help improve their chances of winning.
In this section, we’ll be looking at the most popular ones.
Progressive betting (Martingale system)
Progressive betting involves increasing the size of the bet after each round. A famous progressive betting strategy is the Martingale system, which involves doubling your bet each time you lose.
However, this method is very risky because as we’ve already emphasized, the odds in Roulette won’t change depending on the size of your bet, so your risk losing larger and larger wagers
Progressive betting (Reverse Martingale / Paroli)
Another strategy that works in the opposite way to the Martingale system is the Paroli system, which involves doubling your bet after every win.
This strategy is slightly safer since you’ll at least be playing with some of the money you’ve won. Both of these systems have a probability of nearly 50% in the case of outside bets, but they can also lead to losing your money or hitting the table limit very quickly!
Non-Progressive betting (James Bond & others)
Non-progressive betting strategies involve either sticking to the same bet size throughout the entire game or changing it as you please.
One such famous non-progressive betting strategy is the James Bond strategy, which involves wagering the same amount during every round and covering more than half the table.
The strategy can be scaled to all budgets, but ideally you’d need to stake between £100 and £200. There will only be 12 numbers during which a loss occurs.
However, this method still doesn’t guarantee making a profit, in fact when tested over a significant number of rounds, it was still found that making a loss is more likely.
Our best tip is to know when to quit, so that you’ll have a chance of getting to keep your winnings instead of losing them again in the following rounds.