OBJECTIVE OF ROULETTE: Correctly predict the outcome of spins and bet on them for returns.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 to 7 players
MATERIALS: A roulette wheel, a roulette table with respective layouts for a single variation, casino chips, or cash.
TYPE OF GAME: Projective Spin Game
OVERVIEW OF ROULETTE
Roulette is a casino classic with three main variations – European, French, and American. The game is played with a numbered spinning wheel and a small ball marker. Players place their respective bets on the table and the outcome of each spin determines which bets should be paid out by the croupier.
The roulette table comes built-in with the spinning apparatus. Cash or casino chips are placed as bets within the gridlines drawn on the table. The wheel is spun, and a marker ball is dropped in to clearly mark the final outcome.
Players place their bets on the respective areas of the table marking their bets. Once all bets have been made the croupier spins the wheel and drops a marker ball into the wheel pocket. The dealer then pays out all winning bets and collects losing bets.
These are the bets that you can make when playing roulette.
Outside bets are also known as even-money bets. These bet on odds rather than a specific outcome. The outside bets you can make include Red/Black, Odd/Even, High/Low, Columns, and Dozen.
Inside bets are bets placed on the numbered squares of the table. There are 8 bets here – Straight Up, Split, Street, Corner, Line, Five-Number Bet, Basket, and Snake Bet.
Call bets are only available for the French and European tables. These bets are called out to the dealer and not placed on the table, as with conventional roulette bets. There are 5 options here – Voisins du Zero, Jeu Zero, Tiers du Cylindre, Orphelins, and Neighbors. The Neighbors bet can be paired with any of the other 4 available bet options.
Final bets are bets placed on a number as well as all other numbers with the second digit corresponding to that number. Every final bet has 4 bets in play, with exception of 7, 8, and 9.
There are 3 main variations of roulette played at casinos and online casinos worldwide.
French roulette is played with a 37-pocket wheel, with a single, green “0” pocket. The gameplay includes two additional rules – “en prison” and “la partage”.
This rule is open to strictly even-money bets. Should the wheel land on a zero, the player is presented with two move options :
- Forfeit the round and claim half their bet.
- Leave the bet “en prison”, or frozen until the next spin. The bet then becomes an all-or-nothing, requiring the outcome to match the imprisoned bet. Should the wheel stop at “0” again, the player loses his bet.
La partage is also applicable to even-money bets. In this rule, any player with an outside bet is compensated with half their bet value, whenever the wheel stops at “0”.
ADDITIONAL REGIONAL RULES
- Netherlands – Consecutive “0” spins allow bets to apply the “en prison” rule twice.
- France – There is an “even-chances rule” that allows players to again bet for the same color, whenever the wheel lands on a green “0”.
European roulette is also played with a 37-pocket wheel. The rules and odds are the same as French roulette. However, the layout of the betting grid is different. As for the “la partage” and “en prison” rules, these are offered at the discretion of the house for this variation.
American roulette is played with a 38-pocket wheel, with two green pockets, marked “0” and “00”. The layout of the American roulette table differs greatly from that of the French and European tables. Among the rules for this variation are :
- All bets are halved whenever the spin outcome is “0” or “00”.
- NewAR bets allow players to have an additional outside bet – either Black/Odd or 0 OR Red/Even or 0. The payout is 3:1
END OF GAME
Any player that scores a winning bet will be paid out. All other bets are counted as a loss and surrendered to the house. Players can choose to play on or end the game.