Roulette is one of the most popular casino table game in the world. While at first glance the roulette table layout may appear quite complicated, roulette is actually a very easy game to play and understand. To play the game of roulette is rather uncomplicated, but one must be a bit familiar with roulette rules before you play roulette and place any sophisticated bets. In addition to roulette rules, this page addresses proper etiquette around the table when you play roulette, and gives a walkthrough so you know exactly how to play roulette by the rules.
Roulette doesn't move at a quick pace, it's for a more relaxed crowd than you're likely to find at the craps table. Roulette rules kind of necessitate this sluggishness, as making all of the bets is what slows things down. When you're at the point that you want to place your bet, don't be concerned about someone else having already taken your bet, chips can share bets thanks to the colors. Roulette rules give you lots of time to set your bet, and can even keep doing so after the roulette wheel has been spun, just don't try it after the roulette dealer waves his hands over the table (if there are any new players the dealer will most likely say 'no more bets' out-loud too). Once the ball has found its pocket, the roulette dealer will call out the winning number and place a clear marker on that number's spot on the table layout. The roulette dealer then sweeps the table clean and the winner is paid. Wait until the roulette dealer says 'place your bets' before putting any chips down for the next spin.
HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED
A wood-and-chrome, bowl-shaped wheel with blocks numbered 0 to 36 is spun in one direction. (The American wheel has an additional number: the Double-Zero (00), and it can be spun only in one direction, whereas the French wheel can be spun in both directions.) The numbers 1 thru 36 are evenly split between red and black, while 0 and 00 are green pockets. A small ivory ball is spun around the outer rim of the wheel in the opposite direction. As the ball slows, it drops into one of the pockets of the wheel. You bet on which pocket the ball will drop into. There are a large number of bets allowed in casino roulette.
The only five-number bet. Pays off when any one of your five numbers hit. Chip A covers numbers 1, 2, 3, 0 and 00.
A one-number bet. All individual numbers plus 0 and 00. Chip B is on number 6.
A two-number bet. Pays off when any one of your two numbers hit. Chip C is on numbers 11 and 12.
A three-number bet. Pays off when any one of your three numbers hit. Chip D covers numbers 10, 11, and 12.
A four-number bet. Pays off when any one of your four numbers hit. Chip E covers numbers 17, 18, 20 and 21.
A six-number bet. Pays off when any one of your six numbers hit. Chip F covers numbers 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27.
A twelve-number bet. Pays off on any number in that vertical column. Chip G is on the 3rd column.
A twelve-number bet. Pays off on any number in that dozen. Chip H is on the 3rd dozen (25 through 36).
There are 3 different types of simple bets. 1-18/19-36, Red/Black, Even/Odd.