Roulette: game rules and bet types


Roulette is the most well-known and established of Casino table games. It’s a favourite among beginners and experienced gamblers alike. Good chances of winning, simple rules and variety of betting options make roulette incredibly popular.

There are many tales surrounding the possible origins of roulette. According to one of them, the first iteration of the game was invented by a well renowned mathematician, Blaise Pascal! However, most historians agree that the first mentions of the game appeared in the early 18th century.

The game started growing in popularity in the finest European casinos and, after several tweaks, the modern version of roulette was introduced in the late 18th century.

The mechanics are simple: a croupier spins a wheel displaying red, black and green numbers in one direction, then rolls a ball around the wheel in the opposite direction.

The player has to guess the number of the pocket that the ball will land in.

Types of roulette games

European Roulette

There are 37 pockets on the wheel, with one green pocket labelled as ‘0’. The other pockets are either red or black, and are labelled from 1 to 36 in a specific order. The classic version of this game offers 10 types of bets, each with different chances of winning. Fun fact: the sum of all the numbers on the roulette wheel (from 0 to 36) is 666.

American Roulette

The biggest difference with this type of roulette is that there is also a double zero, which increases the number of pockets to 38. The numbers on the wheel are also arranged in a different order than in European roulette. Otherwise, American roulette is similar to the other variations of the game.

French Roulette

French roulette is considered to be the ancestor of all other styles of roulette. It’s very similar to the European roulette, but includes additional rules that increase the player’s chances of winning.

For example, the ‘La Partage’ rule, which states: “If the original spin is zero, the player gets half of any even-odd, red-black or high-low stake back”.

Also, the traditional game uses original French terms.

French Roulette
French Roulette

In French and European roulette, the return-to-player percentage can reach as high as 98.65%, while in the American variant it can reach 94.74%. If you want to play with less risk, European roulette may be the best option.

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Lightning Roulette

This one-of-a-kind game is unlike any other roulette. You can enjoy an exhilarating experience, featuring theatrical details, as well as advanced sound and lighting effects. The studio is set in a stunning black and gold, Art Deco environment.

Lightning Roulette Evolution
Lightning Roulette

In addition to the stylish design and dramatic atmosphere, players have a unique opportunity to try their luck and guess the ‘lucky numbers’. In each round, lightning ‘strikes’ random numbers, giving multiplied payouts of between 50x and 500x!

Gold Bar Roulette

In this roulette game, you can control the size of your potential winnings! In addition to cash prizes, you can win valuable gold bars, which each act as 88x multipliers, and use them in future rounds on straight up bets.

Gold Bar Roulette Evolution
Gold Bar Roulette

In each round, the dealer rolls a ball and opens a safe with four boxes that can contain up to 20 gold bars! If your straight up bet covers the winning number, you win a cash payout and the gold bars. Use the gold bars to place bets in future rounds and rake in some fantastic winnings!

XXXtreme Lightning Roulette

Experienced players can enjoy thrilling adventures and exciting experiences in XXXtreme Lightning Roulette. It is a unique variation of roulette, created especially for fans of high-quality entertainment. It features new and extreme ways to win.

With a stylish design, endlessly engaging atmosphere and dramatic sound and light effects, you will be fully immersed in the gaming experience.

XXXtreme Lightning Roulette
XXXtreme Lightning Roulette

Each round, yellow lightning randomly strikes between 1 and 5 numbers, multiplying your winnings by up to 500x. As a bonus, each yellow number can become an additional betting spot, making a total of up to 10 lucky numbers. You also have a chance of getting red lightning, which multiplies your winnings by up to 2000x!

Types of bets in roulette

Now let’s talk about how to bet! First of all, there are Inside Bets and Outside Bets. Inside Bets are bets that are placed on the numbered spaces of the betting area, or on the lines between them. Bets placed on the special boxes below and to the side of the main grid of numbers are called Outside Bets.

Inside Bets:

Inside Bets
Inside Bets

Straight Up: the chip is placed on any of the numbers, including zero (and double zero in American roulette). The payout is 35:1.

Split: bet on two vertically/horizontally adjacent numbers by placing the chip on the edge shared by those numbers. The payout is 17:1.

Street: bet on three consecutive numbers in a line by placing the chip at either end of the line. The payout is 11:1.

Corner: bet on four numbers that meet at one corner by placing the chip on the corner they share. The payout is 8:1.

Line: bet on six numbers by placing the chip at the end, where the two lines meet. The payout is 5:1.

Outside Bets:

Outside Bets
Outside Bets

Column: bet on 12 numbers by placing the chip at the end of one of the three long columns of numbers. The payout is 2:1.

Dozen: bet on 12 numbers by placing the chip on one of the three boxes below the grid. The payout is 2:1.

Red/Black: bet on either the 18 red or 18 black numbers. The payout is 1:1.

Even/Odd: bet on either the 18 even or 18 odd numbers, zero and double zero don’t count. The payout is 1:1.

1-18/19-36: bet on the lower 18 numbers or the higher 18 numbers.  The payout is 1:1.

Neighbour Bets

You can place bets on neighbouring numbers, based on their order on the wheel. Choose one main number and several additional numbers you’d like to cover with straight up bets. Use the ‘+’ and ‘-’ options to increase or decrease the number of “neighbours”.

Neighbour Bets
Neighbour Bets

Tiers du Cylindre (Third of the Wheel)

This bet covers 12 numbers, from 27 through 33.

Chips are placed as follows:

1 on the 5/8 split;
1 on the 10/11 split;
1 on the 13/16 split;
1 on the 23/24 split;
1 on the 27/30 split;
1 on the 33/36 split.

Orphelins a Cheval (Orphans Bet)

This bet covers eight numbers across two sectors of the wheel.

Chips are placed as follows:

1 on 1 (Straight Up bet);
1 on the 6/9 split;
1 on the 14/17 split;
1 on the 17/20 split;
1 on the 31/34 split.

Voisins du Zero (Neighbours of Zero)

The bet covers the 17 numbers between 22 and 25, including zero.

Chips are placed as follows:

2 on the 0/2/3 trio;
1 on the 4/7 split;
1 on the 12/15 split;
1 on the 18/21 split;
1 on the 19/22 split;
2 on the 25/26/28/29 corner;
1 on the 32/35 split.

Jeu Zero (Zero Game)

This bet covers zero and six numbers in close proximity to zero on the Roulette wheel: 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32 and 15.

Chips are placed as follows:

1 on the 0/3 split;
1 on the 12/15 split;
1 on 26 (Straight Up bet);
1 on the 32/35 split.

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