Each player that buys in will receive his own color of chips so there will be no confusion as to who placed bets on the table...

Roulette is a table game with a wheel of alternating red and black sections with the numbers 1-36, 0, and in the American version, a 00. Typically the even numbers will be red and odd numbers will be black, 0, and 00 are usually green. Red and black, even and odd numbers will alternate between two even and then two odd numbers.

If you are just getting started with Roulette the following guide will better acclimate you to the object of the game, the odds of winning, and what to expect whether you sit down at a Roulette table inside of a Casino or in front of your computer for a challenging round of virtual Roulette. Tip #1 is to try it out online for free before you lay out your hard earned dollars. Roulette always has a house advantage.

The dealer will spin the Roulette wheel and toss a small white ball onto the surface in the opposite direction of the spin. In order to win a bet on this game, you will predict, estimate, or simply take a wild guess where that ball will land. Bets will be taken for each individual spin of the wheel. 

After the dealer spins the wheel, he/she will announce the exact point in time when there will be no more bets allowed for that particular spin. Any bets already placed at that point cannot be changed. When the ball lands the dealer will announce the number, place a check with a plastic marker on the table, and proceed to pay on winning bets and collect the house wins on losing bets. The dealer will remove the plastic marker from the table and announce when the next bets will be accepted. Just follow the prompts given by the dealer and you can proceed with confidence.

The Stacks on the Table - Place Your Bets

The Roulette table will have two betting areas. The inside betting area contains a grid with the individual numbers which correspond to the numbers on the wheel. The outside betting area has boxes for the columns, red/black and odd/even and different groups of numbers.

The numbers on the inside are arranged in 12 rows with three numbers which forms three vertical columns. The 0 and 00 are at the top of the columns.  These areas are where you will place your chips when you decide what number, color, or group of numbers that you will take a gamble on, just prior to each new spin of the wheel. 


Bets made on the inside will be paid out by the dealer. Bets made on the outside will be placed at the betting area near the table and the player can take them or use them to bet on the next spin. 

Each player that buys in will receive his own color of chips so there will be no confusion as to who placed bets on the table. The value of each chip will be the buy-in amount divided by the number of chips that player receives. Once a player buys-in the dealer will mark that stack with a token to indicate the value of the stack. 

Frequently there will be a minimum bet of $5 or more on Roulette tables. You must place the full $5 on an inside bet or an outside bet, for you may not divide it up between the two betting areas. 

Inside and Outside Roulette Bets

The following breakdown for bets may also prove to be beneficial when making your decision as to how much to bet, and where. 

Inside Bets

Straight Up Single Number Bet 35 to 1
Split Bet Two Number Bet Chip Straddles the Line between two Numbers 17 to 1
Street Bet or Line Bet Chip placed on vertical line between inside & outside. Chip Straddles first number in the row 11 to 1
Corner Bet or Quad Bet Chip placed so it touches the four corners of the numbers you are betting on 8 to 1
Basket Bet A five number bet on 0, 00 and numbers 1-2-3 6 to 1
Double Street Bet A Six number bet Place chip on line between inside & outside like a street bet but it also Straddles the row above or below 5 to 1

Outside Bets

Red Black Even and Odd Even Money Bets Chips placed in boxes on the layout  
Dozen Bets Bet made on 12 Consecutive Numbers. Place chip in the boxes marked 1-12, 13-24, 25-36 0 and 00 Spins – Player Bets Lose 2 to 1
Column Bets Bet made on 12 numbers consisting of numbers in one of the three vertical columns. Chips placed in the boxes at the bottom of the layout. 2 to 1