Roulette Basics

Basic introduction to roulette for beginners

Roulette is a game of chance with a house edge of approximately 2.7% on a single zero roulette table. It was developed in the 18th century by Blaise Pascal who almost drove himself mad trying to beat the wheel. There are many variations of roulette including the american double zero ( which increases house edge through an extra number whilst payouts remain the same) but we recommend only playing on standard european single zero.

Below we will outline the basics of the game of roulette including the wheel and layout, payouts and a brief introduction to sections including french bets and neighbour bets.

Basic roulette rules for beginners:

  • Only play single zero roulette as double zero increases the house advantage
  • Always check table limits for minimum and maximum bets so you find a table to suit your bankroll
  • Play with a predetermined bankroll, only bet what you can afford to lose and don’t chase losses 
  • Try free play no deposit roulette bonuses to get a feel for the game without risking your own funds
  • Play live dealer casinos and watch the game before you play. You dont have to bet every spin
  • Don’t play roulette or gamble when drunk or intoxicated

The standard European roulette table layout and payouts

2 SPLIT 17:1
3 STREET 11:1
4 CORNER 8:1
5 SIX LINE 5:1

The standard European single zero roulette wheel

The wheel is split into 37 sections which alternate red and black, high and low. It is often split into 3 sections which are the most common of the french bets

Voisins du zero covers 17 numbers of the wheel between 22 and 25 centering on zero and can be covered by a 9 piece bet (0/2/3 x 2, 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, 25/6, 27/28, 32/35)

Orpheliens covers 8 numbers on the 2 outer sides of the wheel and can be covered by 5 piece bet (1, 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, 31/34) 

Tier covers 12 numbers between 33 and 27 centering on the bottom half of the wheel and can be covered by a 6 piece bet (5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, 33/36)