How to Play Roulette

How to Play Roulette

There is nothing quite like the game of roulette. Watching the wheel spin as the ball tosses, tumbles, and gets closer and further away from your lucky number is a unique experience. The odds and the payouts are great, along with the all-around fun that comes from gameplay. Chances are you’ve seen gameplay in action, but maybe you have never actually played. Well, don’t worry! After reading our condensed version of tips and rules, you can approach the wheel like a pro and join in on all the fun, cheering and crossing your fingers in hopes that the tables tilt in your favor.

How to Play the Roulette Wheel

How to Play Roulette - How to Play the Roulette Wheel

On the wheel, you will find numbers between 1 and 36, all of which are either black or red. There are also green-colored pockets (1 or 2 depending on the version) that are either 0 or 00. Dealers will then put a ball in a metal section where the ball will shoot out and begin to spin, going around the wheel until finally landing in one of the pockets.

When it comes to wagers, players have time before the dealer begins to spin the wheel. The dealer will signal when betting is finished by placing a puck on the table and waving their hand over the table. Players then begin to make as many bets as they would like so long as they make the required minimum bets for each section.

When the ball finally stops spinning, the number will be announced on the screen and out loud by the dealer. Payouts will happen depending on the best made, with the dealer paying out all lucky players or taking in the money for the house in the case no one wins.

Rules of Roulette Betting

How to Play Roulette - Rules of Roulette Betting

It really is as simple as that, probably a reason why this game is preferred by so many. But it can get confusing if the player is not competent in types of bets, as each one comes with different odds and requires that players place their chips in the correct position. The types of bets can be divided into 2 categories: inside and outside.

Inside Bets

Straight Bet – 35:1

A straight bet is where the player chooses one single number, only needing to place the required chips directly in the square with the number of their choice.

Split Bet – 17:1

Taking a look at the table, you’ll see that a split bet is between 2 numbers that are side by side.

Street Bet – 11:1

This one is placed on a row, covering a total of 3 numbers.

Corner Bet – 8:1

This bet is placed in the middle of numbers that are grouped together and gives you a chance to win with 4 different numbers.

Inside bets pay out better and are preferred among players for the higher risk and bigger payouts.

Outside Bets

Column Bet – 2:1

Placing chips on the outside of a column covers all the numbers within that column.

Dozen Bet – 2:1

There is a total of 3 sets of 12 numbers. Placing the chips on the outside of a group of 12 is considered a dozen bet.

Odd/Even – 1:1

Placing chips in either even or odd squares outside the table will cover all numbers within their category.

Red/Black – 1:1

Similar to the even and odd bet, players also have the choice to bet on the red or black color.

Roulette Betting Strategies

How to Play Roulette - Roulette Betting Strategies

The roulette rules are not too difficult to practice or understand. Once you have them down, you can start taking a look at some strategies, trying to incorporate them into your next dance with roulette. The thing about strategy is that players can bet anywhere, both in and out, as many times as they want. Multiple bets can keep you safe and help you grow your bankroll.

Bet Even/Odd or Red/Black, Always

This combo has proven successful for several players. Not only is it a good method to combine with your lucky number on the inside; it is also a good stand-alone bet. It pays out even and helps keep a steady bankroll coming in, allowing you the opportunity to make riskier bets and take some chances to hit your lucky number.


The most known strategy and a more technical one than the one above is the Martingale. Most experts recommend this method, which is pretty easy to execute. In this strategy, after every losing bet, you will double up the next round. With every loss, you will continue to double your bet until you win, then returning to your initial betting size.

What Now?

After learning roulette and how to play it, now you can exercise your knowledge at the wheel and start making betting with the best. In any case, if you are confused or lost, you can always ask; players and dealers are usually more than happy to help or clear up any doubts.