On this page, we explain everything about how roulette works. We discuss the roulette game rules and strategies on how to play this game with the highest chance of winning. We also guide you through the maze of different betting options that are available at Roulette.
Roulette Rules: How Does Roulette Work?
The rules of Roulette are simple. To play the game of Roulette, you place a bet on one of the numbers in the playing field or outside it.
No more bets
When everyone has placed their bets on the playing field, the croupier spins the roulette wheel, or wheel, and tosses the ball. He then says: “No more bets”, “No more bets” or “Rien ne va plus. This is when you can no longer match your bets. From then on you as a player have to wait until the ball falls on one of the numbers.
The croupier places the ‘dolly’ on the winning number after the ball has fallen and then removes all bets that have not won from the table. Finally, he pays out the winners of the game.
Betting at Roulette
You can bet in different ways in roulette. First, you may bet as much as you have chips, as long as a single bet does not exceed the maximum bet of the table you are playing at. The minimum and maximum bets allowed at the table are usually written on a sign or placard near the roulette wheel. If it is not clear what the minimum and maximum bet are, ask the croupier. In roulette, you can always place ‘inside bets’, called inside bets. And ‘outside bets’, or ‘outside bets’. The inside bets are the bets placed directly on the numbers and the outside bets are the bets outside the number box on for example red or black, high or low, odd or even and a dozen bets.
Betting at Roulette
|Inside bets: Bets on the numbers 0 to 36||Outside Betting: Betting on Series|
|Straight up: 1 digit||Column: 12 digits|
|Split: 2 digits||Dozen: 12 digits|
|Street: 3 digits||Red or black|
|Corner: 4 digits||Even or odd|
|Line: 6 digits||High or low grades|
Apart from the inside and outside bets, some roulette tables also offer the ‘neighbor game’. You can read below how that works.
Roulette Betting Rules
Before you can start playing, it is useful to be aware of some roulette rules. It is often the case that there is a minimum bet for a table and a minimum bet is also asked for some playing fields. If you are not sure about this, you can always ask the croupier or read the roulette rules on the internet page. The minimum amount that you have to bet per playing field applies to all bets. This is the allowed amount that you can bet as the lowest, on both the ‘outside bet’ and the lowest total bet. In an online casino, a chip is usually shown that represents the lowest bet.
Roulette neighbor game
If you regularly sit at the roulette table, you have undoubtedly experienced it: you have bet and are convinced of a good outcome. The ball seems to fall well, but if you blink again, you see that you are just wrong: the ball has fallen on the number next to it. Sour, because you were very close. However, this annoying scenario can be prevented quite easily through the so-called neighbor game. You can now guess why this option has been given this name: with this option, the surrounding numbers are also played. The purpose of that? To limit the risk of loss, of course.
How does the neighbor roulette game work?
Not everyone is familiar with the neighbor game and that is exactly where the surprise lies. In principle, it doesn’t matter where you play roulette, whether it’s offline or online, you should normally be able to apply this handy strategy anywhere. The idea is simple: choose the desired numbers, take into account the numbers surrounding them, and bet.
What options do you have?
Just like in real life, you can also consider the neighbor who lives three doors away as your neighbor. Something similar is going on in the neighbor game and therefore you can bet on different options:
- Immediate neighbors: here you play with one neighbor on each side. So in total, you give the croupier three chips to bet.
- Two neighbors: here you bet on the number you want and two neighbors on each side. So there is a total bet on five numbers.
- Three Neighbors: In this scenario, you choose the target number plus three neighbors on either side. The bet becomes a lot wider with 7 numbers.
If you want to let go of your thoughts a bit, you can always choose one of the pre-programmed betting options. They go by the following names:
- Zero games: in this case you bet on 0/3, 12/15, 32/35, and 26: ie all options around 0. Do you win? Then you can count on payouts of 18 or 36 times your bet in the case of 26. The chance of winning is not very high: 19% (you bet on 7 of the 37 numbers).
- Series 0/2/3: bets are placed on the numbers around 0, 2, and 3. That comes down to 0/2/3, 4/7, 12/15, 18/21. 19/22, 25/28, 26/29, and 32/35. The payouts are 18 or 12 times your stake (at 0/2/3). The chance of winning is already a bit higher than with the zero games: 46%.
- – Orphelins: This option bets on groups 1/20/14/31/9 and 6/34/17. These numbers are exactly opposite each other. The payouts are 18 or 36 times the stake (at 1). Because there is only a bet on 8 of the 37 numbers, the chance of winning is 22%.
- Series 5/8: Betting now happens on the numbers 5, 8, and everything around it. In practice, that means on 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, 33/36. do you win? Then you win 18 times your bet. The chance of winning is again a lot higher than with the previous option: 32% (12/37).
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