Roulette comes from the French term for 'small wheel'. Variations of wheeled games have been around for millennia. Legend has it that Roman soldiers tipped their chariots over to play games on the spinning wheel as a diversion between campaigns, and others tell of monks bringing a wheeled game back from China in the middle ages. By all accounts, roulette became widespread in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, especially in France and Monte Carlo.
Today, the roulette wheel is perhaps the best internationally recognized icon symbolizing the glamour, excitement and prestige of high-class casino gaming.
American Roulette wheels are divided into 38 evenly spaced slots numbered 0, 00 and 1 through 36. The zero slots are green and the other numbers are either red or black. The evenly balanced wheel, usually made of polished wood, turns on a spindle. The dealer spins the wheel in one direction and releases a small ivory ball in the opposite direction into the outer edge of the wheel, where it circles many times before slowing down. As the ball loses momentum it falls toward the center of the wheel and drops into one of the slots. It may bounce around from slot to slot but eventually it settles into a single slot to end that round of the game.
The fascination of the game comes from the many ways to place a bet and the excitement and anticipation of watching the ball fall into a slot.
Players make bets against the House by placing chips in various boxes or on the lines between the boxes on the layout table.
The 'Spin' button will not become active until at least one bet is placed on the layout. Players can place additional bets, modify existing bets or move chips from one location to another. The 'Re-bet' button will place the same amount of chips on the same bets as you had on the previous spin. Once all desired bets are placed, players click the 'Spin' button to spin up the wheel and release the ball. After a few seconds, the ball begins to fall toward the center as the wheel slows down. When the ball comes to rest in one of the slots all bets are settled.
The result of each spin is displayed in the tally board on the left side of your screen, with most recent results appearing at the bottom.
Losing bets will be cleared from the layout and winning bets will be paid according to the following table:
|Roulette Payout Table
|Split (two numbers)
|Row (three numbers)
|Triple (three numbers)
|Corner (four numbers)
|Top Line (First 5 numbers: 0, 00, 1, 2, 3)
|Line (six numbers in two adjacent Rows)
|1st, 2nd or 3rd Column (12 numbers)
|1st, 2nd or 3rd Dozen
|Red or Black
|Odd or Even
|Low Half (1-18) or High Half (19-36)
Inside Bets are bets placed inside the grid of numbers on the layout table. They include:
Outside Bets are bets placed outside the grid of numbers on the layout table. They include:
- Single placing a bet on individual numbers (like 00, 4, 23 or 35). Winning singles bets are paid at 35-to-1.
- Split placing a bet on the line between two numbers (like 2 & 3, or 13 & 16). If the ball lands on either number, the odds paid are 17-to-1.
- Row placing a bet on the first vertical line in a horizontal row of three numbers (like 7, 8, 9). If the ball lands in any one of the numbers in a row, the odds paid are 11-to-1.
- Triple placing a bet the intersection of 0, 2, 00. If the ball lands on any one of these three numbers, the odds paid are 11-to-1.
- Corner placing a bet on the corner of a group of four numbers (such as 19, 20, 22, 23). If the ball lands on any one of the four numbers, odds are paid at 8-to-1.
- Top Line the first 5 numbers at the top of the grid (0, 00, 1, 2, 3). If the ball lands in any one of these five spots, odds are paid at 6-to-1. To make this bet, place your chips on the left-hand side of the grid at the horizontal line separating the 0, 00 row from the 1, 2, 3 row.
- Line is a group of six numbers in two adjacent rows, all touching the same grid line. For example, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 32, 33 make up a Line. If the ball lands on any one of the six numbers in the Line, odds are paid at 5-to-1. To make a Line bet, place your chips on the horizontal street line at the left-hand edge of the grid.
For example, if you have a winning bet of $20 on a single number (paid at 35-to-1) you will get back your original bet of $20 plus 35 times your bet of $20 ($700) for a total win of $720. As another example, if you have a winning bet of $100 on color Red (1-to-1 odds), you will get back your original bet of $100 plus another $100 for a total win of $200.
- Columns a vertical column of numbers in the grid (for example; 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36). You place your bet outside the grid at the bottom of the column, in the boxes marked with "2 to 1". If any one of the numbers in the column comes up, odds are paid at 2-to-1. Columns do not include either 0 or 00.
- Dozens either the first, second or third dozen non-zero numbers (1-12, 13-24 and 25-36, respectively). If the ball lands in one of the twelve numbers in a dozen, the odds paid are 2-to-1.
- Red/Black bet on whether the winning number is red or black. Winning bets are paid at 1-to-1.
- Odd/Even bet on whether the winning number is odd or even (excluding 0, 00). Winning bets are paid at 1-to-1.
- High/Low bet on whether the winning number is in the low half (1-18) or the high half (19-36). Winning bets are paid at 1-to-1.
Players cannot wager more than the maximum for any particular bet in any one round of the game. Roulette has two sets of maximum limits: one for inside bets and one for outside bets (see Bet Type Table below). Minimum and maximum limits are posted at the bottom center of the screen. Note that you can wager the maximum on more than one bet per spin.
|Roulette Bet Type Table|
|Split (two numbers)|
|Row (three numbers)|
|Corner (four numbers)|
|Top Line (First 5 numbers: 0, 00, 1, 2, 3)|
|Line (six numbers in two adjacent Rows)|
|1st, 2nd or 3rd Column (12 numbers)|
|1st, 2nd or 3rd Dozen|
|Red or Black|
|Odd or Even|
|Low Half (1-18) or High Half (19-36)|