bets, outside bets, combinations, hedges, with all of this choice, how
are we expected to know what to do at the roulette table? This quick overview
of roulette rules should provide you with a good sense of the game, and
a decent understanding of the bets available. We'll start with a look
at the inside bets and the outside bets.
As stated earlier on our how to play roulette
page, the outside bets are located along the outer edge of the table,
and include all bets outside the central grid of numbers. There are no
winning outside bets for 0 or 00 results. Here are the different types
of outside bets:
Red & Black - A common roulette bet, since it's governing
rules are so intuitive, you can choose to bet on the deciding number either
being a red pocket or a black pocket. There is an area on the roulette
table with the words 'red' or 'black' in them, and are most often colored.
It is easy to understand that this bet gives you almost half a chance
of winning. Red and black bets are paid even money, meaning if you bet
$5, you win $5, and so receive $10 back from the dealer.
Odd & Even - Just like the Red / Black bet, this is an even
money bet based on whether the number will be odd or even. Since 0 does
not count as either odd nor even, there are 36 numbers, the same number
of odds as evens. You can place this bet by putting your chips in the
middle of the square marked 'even' or the square marked 'odd', most often
found very near the Red / Black areas.
Low & high - This bet gives you the option of betting the
number will be in the range from 1 to 18, or the range from 19 to 36.
This is an even money bet. To place this bet find the boxes with the appropriate
number ranges printed on them on the table.
Columns - Roulette rules also allow for you to bet on ranges of
numbers according to how they are arranged within the Inside betting numbers
grid. At one end of the set of 38 numbers there are a set of three boxes,
each corresponding to a column of numbers on the grid. You'll see the
words '2 to 1' written in them. If a number from within the column you
are betting on comes up, you win, and are paid 2 to 1.
Dozens - Very similar to the Low & High bet, this could be
called the Low, Medium & High bet. The 36 available numbers can be
easily split into dozens, and you can bet on the resulting number being
part of these ranges. The first dozen numbers include 1-12, the second
dozen 13-24, and the third dozen numbers 25-36. You may find these bets
simply labeled 1st 12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12. The bet pays 2 to 1.
We discuss Inside bets in our more
roulette rules section.