Rules of Playing Roulette

Roulette originated in France during the 17th century. Today, Roulette is among the most popular casino games, and Monte Carlo, Monaco is associated with this thrilling game.

Basics of Roulette

Generally, 8 players play on a Roulette table, where the croupier or the dealer handles the bets and payouts, and spins the wheel. The European Roulette wheel has 37 slots with 36 numbers and a single zero. The American Roulette Wheel has 38 slots with an additional zero, a double zero.

Every player on a Roulette table is given differently colored chips. When you win, the chips are exchanged for cash chips. These chips can be taken to the cash desk to get cash money.

The House advantage

In the European Roulette table, the House edge is 2.7%, while that on the American table is 5.26%. This advantage is made by the house by paying one or two chip less.

Rules in Roulette

‘En Prison’ rule

This rule is applied for bets with even money. Whenever the result is zero, the casino allows you to take half of your bet or choose to leave the bet on the table for the next spin.

The ‘La Partage’ rule

This rule is similar to the En Prison rule. But, here you have just one option to lose your half bet, but you cannot move with the same bet to the next spin. The house edge for both La Partage and En Prison rule on the European table is 1.35% and on the American Table it is 2.63%.

The Payouts

When you bet on a single number, the payout is 35 to 1. It is also known as ‘straight-up bet.’

Split Bet – This is a 2-number bet and pays you 17 to 1.

Street Bet – This is a 3-numebr bet and payout is 11 to 1.

Corner Bet – This is a 4-number bet that pays out 8 to 1.

The 6 – number bet has a payout of 5 to 1.

The bet on the column or outside dozen has a payout of 2 to 1.

The bet on the outside even money bet has a payout of 1 to 1.

Objective of the Game

The objective of a player is to predict the slot in which the ball is going to land when the wheel stops spinning. Luck has the major role to play in the game of Roulette.

French Roulette rules

The rules of French Roulette are similar to the rules of European Roulette. There are 37 slots in the wheel with a single zero. However, the table layout is different for the outside bets.

The odds to the player are same as in the European version, but better as compared to that for the American version.


Inside bets

  • En Plein – Straight up one number
  • Cheval – Split bet two numbers
  • Transversale – Street bet three numbers
  • Carre – Corner four numbers
  • Sixainne – Line bet six numbers

Outside bets

  • Colonne – Column twelve numbers
  • Douzaine – Dozen twelve numbers
  • Rouge, Noir – Red or Black
  • Pair, Impair – Even or Odd
  • Passe, Manque – High or Low numbers