Gambling on roulette

Gambling on roulette

Roulette (French: “little wheel”) is a gambling game in which participants wager on whether a little ball will land on a red or black numbered segment of a rotating wheel after being spun in the opposite direction. The slots on the reel are designated on a table where bets are put. It’s played in casinos all over the world. Since roulette is a financial game, all bets are made against the bank, also known as the house or game’s owner. In the United States and the Caribbean islands, its popularity as a significant betting game has surpassed that of others, in particular, craps, blackjack, and poker.


The wheel and betting structure, sometimes known as the roulette layout, make up the roulette table. The two types of roulette tables are distinct. In one, there is a single betting arrangement with a roulette wheel at one end, whereas, in the other, there are two betting layouts with the wheel in the centre. The horizontal wheel turns.

A space with the number 0 (European style) or the digits 0 and 00 appears at the top of a folding plan written on green paper (American style, although such wheels were also used in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries). The main body of the pattern is made up of three columns of 12 squares each, with three consecutively numbered rectangular areas, alternatively coloured in red and black, starting with one at the top and finishing with 36 at the bottom. Three empty spaces are situated just beneath the numbers (on the players’ side of the table in some configurations; they are labelled “2-1”). In American layouts, there are rectangular spaces with the labels “1st 12,” “2nd 12,” and “3rd 12” on either side of them or one of the columns. These abbreviations are “12p” (première), “12m” (milieu), and “12d” (dernière douzaine) in European-style layouts. The remaining six spots are designated “red,” “black,” “noir,” “even,” “pair,” “odd,” “weakened,” “1-18,” (“low or manque”), and “19-36.” (high or passive).

A sturdy wooden disk with a modest convexity makes up the roulette wheel. The metal partitions surrounding its edge are separated, or bands and the roulette dealers refer to the spaces or pockets between them as canoes. Thirty-six of these parts have non-contiguous numbers starting at one and are alternatively painted in red and black. The green-painted 37th compartment on the European-style bike has the mark 0, but the American-style motorcycles have two green-painted rooms on the opposing sides of the vehicle. 0 and 00 are marked on the wheel. A wheel that has a perfectly balanced spindle rotates smoothly and virtually frictionlessly.


The following wagers can be made when playing roulette: (1) straight or single number (en plein), where the chips are evenly distributed on one layout number, such as 0 (and 00 in American layouts), without touching any of the rows around the number; A successful single number wager returns 35:1 (the winning player receives their initial wager plus 35 units for each unit staked); (2) split or 2-digit (à cheval), when chips are placed on any line separating two numbers; (3) Street or 3-number (transversale pleine), when the chips are put on the outer line of the layout, betting on the three numbers opposite the chips; if either wins, the Win Odds are 17:1; The odds of winning are 11:1 for any of the three numbers; (4) square, quarter, corner, or 4 (en carré), in which the chips are positioned at the point where any four numbers’ lines cross; The odds of winning are 8:1, and the winning combination is a line or 6-digit (sixaine or transversale six), where the chips are placed at the intersection of the sideline and two “streets”; The odds of winning are 5:1; (6) placing chips in one of the three empty spaces in a column (colonne) or 12-digit number (on some layouts, there are three boxes at the bottom of the layout labeled “1st,” “2nd,” and “3rd,” which are used to gamble 12 digits above the space); (2) a small or large number where the chips are placed in the layout space marked “1-18” (manque) or in the space marked 19-36 (pass); the payoff is even money; (3) dozens (douzaine) or 12 numbers where the chips are placed on one of the fields of the layout marked “12,” betting on the numbers 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36; the winning odds are 2:1; (9) Black or Red, where the chips are positioned in the layout’s “black” (noir) or “red”-designated slot, respectively (rouge; some layouts instead have a large black or red diamond pattern). (10) An odd or even number where the chips are positioned in the layout’s spaces designated “odd” (weak) or “even” (even); the profit is even money.