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The game of Roulette traces it's origin to England in the early 1700s in a game called Roly Poly. It featured black and white spots with no numbers. The French redesigned it in the late 1700s to include numbers. Original American wheels had 31 numbers plus a 0, 00, and an American Eagle for the third zero number ( 000). Today's European roulette wheels usually have only one zero while most American wheels have a zero and a double zero. Both the American and European modern wheels have 36 numbers. Roulette is the most popular casino game in Europe.

Players, usually up to eight, play against the house represented by the croupier, who spins the roulette wheel and handles the wagers and payouts. The American wheel has 38 slots representing 36 numbers, a single zero and a double zero.

Basic Rules

To play roulette, place your bet or bets on numbers (any number including the zero and double) in the table layout or on the outside, and when everybody at the table has placed their bets the croupier starts the spin and launches the ball. Just a few moments before the ball is about to drop over the slots, the croupier says 'no more bets'. From that moment no one is allowed to place - or change - their bets until the ball drops on a slot. After the croupier places the dolly on the winning number on the roulette table and clears all the losing bets, you can then start placing your new bets while the croupier pays the winners. The winners are those bets that are on or around the number that comes up. Also the bets on the outside of the layout win if the winning number is represented.

There are many different ways to place roulette bets. Each bet covers a different set of numbers and has a different distribution, as shown in the "Winnings Table" section.

Straight Up

You can bet on any number, including 0, by placing the chip on the center of a number.

Split Bet

You can bet on two numbers by placing a chip on the line that divides the two numbers.

Street Bet

You can bet on three numbers by placing a chip on the inner left boundary line of the roulette table that is next to the corresponding row of three numbers.

Corner Bet

You can bet on four numbers by placing chips at the corner where the four numbers meet.

Five Bet

You can bet on the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 by placing your chip on the inner left boundary line between 0 and 1.

Line Bet

You can bet on two street bets (i.e., the six different numbers in two rows of three numbers), by placing your chip on the inner left boundary line where the line dividing the two rows intersects it.

Column Bet

There are three boxes labeled "2 to 1" at the bottom of a column of numbers. You can place bets for all of these numbers by placing your chip in one of these boxes. If any of the numbers in your column is hit you get paid 2:1; 0 and 00 are losing numbers.

Dozen Bet

You can bet on a group of twelve numbers by placing your chip in one of the three boxes marked "1st 12," "2nd 12," or "3rd 12." If one of your 12 numbers is hit, you get paid 2:1; 0 and 00 are losing numbers.

Red/Black, Even/Odd, Low/High Bets

You can place a bet in one of the boxes on the left, long side of the table that covers half of the roulette table numbers (excluding the 0 and 00). Each box covers 18 numbers. You win even money (1 to 1) on all of these bets; 0 and 00 are losing numbers.
Winning Number Display
The winning number display shows the results of the previous 13 spins.

Winnings Table

Chip Covers Type of Bet Payout

1 number

Straight Up

35 to 1

2 numbers

Split Bet

17 to 1

3 numbers

Street Bet

11 to 1

4 numbers

Corner Bet

8 to 1

5 numbers

Five Bet

8 to 1

6 numbers

Line Bet

5 to 1

12 numbers

Dozen Bet or Column Bet

2 to 1

18 numbers

Red/Black, Even/Odd or Low/High bets

1 to 1

NOTE: You can place bets that involve two, three, or even four numbers. For example, using the zero, you can place bets on: 1+0, 1+2 +0, 2+0, 3+0, or 1+2+3+0.


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