How to Play Roulette
Date of Publishing: June 09, 2021
Roulette, meaning ‘little wheel’ in French, is one of the most popular and entertaining casino games in the world. There are so many variations and betting options – it’s easy to see why the title is such a crowd-pleaser.
Here at JeffBet, we aim to bring the real casino experience to the comfort of your living room!
If you want to learn how to play roulette but don’t know where to begin – stay right where you are. We are going to talk about the ins and outs of this game of chance, from the fundamentals of gameplay – to strategies.
The Basics of Roulette
You will see a basic rundown of how to play online roulette, albeit we discuss the different variations of the game shortly.
For this example, let’s look at how to play the European version:
- To start, you will decide how much you will stake on your bet and then choose the denomination of your chips accordingly (£1, £5, £10, etc)
- You will see 37 numbered squares – 18 red, 18 black and a green zero
- Make one or multiple bets – such as inside bet, outside bet or a combination
- The dealer spins the wheel and adds the ball to the outside of the roulette table
- When the ball has been added to the spinning wheel, you may still make bets – that is until the dealer announces ‘no more bets’
- When the ball lands the winning player is paid, and all losing bets are off the table
Next, we talk about the different types of roulette bets most commonly seen today.
Roulette Bets, Odds, and Payouts
We mentioned inside and outside bets above – so allow us to elaborate.
An outside bet refers to a category of number, rather than a particular one. This type of bet runs around the edge of the roulette table, offering a higher chance of winning smaller amounts consistently. Furthermore, the house edge is much lower.
See payout information on the most commonly seen outside bets below:
- Payout 1:1 – ‘red/black’, ‘odd/even’, ‘low’ (1-18) or ‘high’ (19-36) – This entails correctly predicting the colour, number type, or number range. The odds of winning with this type of bet is around 47-48% – depending on your preferred roulette variant.
- Payout 2:1 – ‘column bet’, ‘dozen bet’, ‘snake bet’ – A column bet entails choosing 12 vertical numbers in a line, with 1 chip. Dozen bets will see you putting your chip on a number from the first dozen (such as 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36). Snake bet covers multiple squares on the roulette table, similar to column and dozen bets. However, in contrast – 12 chips will be placed in the shape of an S, or zigzag. You will place straight bets on the red numbers between 1 and 33. As such, this is sometimes called the ‘red snake’. The odds of winning this type of bet are 32-43%
Onto inside bets – your predictions are much less general as you are betting on specific numbers, rather than a sizable group such as odds or evens. As such, inside bets have bigger payouts but aren’t as easy to land.
If you want lower odds but bigger payouts, we have listed popular inside bets below, with a payout for each:
- Payout 5:1 – ‘six-number split’/‘double street bet’ –400;”> This one is based on you correctly predicting 6 numbers – using 2 combined streets (rows). There is roughly a 16.22% chance of winning with this bet
- Payout 6:1 – ‘basket bet’ (American roulette only) –Using 1 chip, you are tasked with predicting 5 numbers from the top of the table. The odds of winning are 10.81%
- Payout 11:1 – ‘trio’/‘street bet’ – Place the chip on the corner square of a trio of numbers (must include zero) – for example, 0, 2 and 3, or 00, 2, and 3. You have an 8.11% chance of winning with this type of wager
- Payout 17:1 – ‘double’/‘split bill’ – Bet on 2 numbers next to one another, such as 14-17, 23-24 – horizontal or vertical. The odds of winning on this bet are around 5.41%
- Payout 35:1 – ‘single bet’/‘straight up’ – Place a chip within 1 single number square. As you can see, with a payout of 35:1, this is one of the hardest but most rewarding inside bets. The odds are 2.7% on a single bet, but as you can see, if you win you will receive £35 for every £1 you stake
Notably, if you are playing the American version with double zero – the house-edge will be larger than on single zero wheels such as the European offering.
Roulette variations include the aforementioned European version, which is arguably the most popular. This contains 37 numbers ranging from 0 to 36 with a green or blue zero. The colours on the layout of the wheel invariably coincide with the colour of the numbers – back and red.
One of the most attractive things about the French roulette offering is that you can reduce the house edge by making the most of the ‘la partage’ rule. This means you are able to claw back 50% of your even-odds bet – if the outcome of the roulette spin is zero. Depending on the variant, you may also be given the option to put your wager ‘en prison’.
This means that If your bet is even-odds, for instance, red-black and you spin zero – you will have a chance at recouping your stake. This is achieved by reverting back to your last bet size and having another spin of the wheel. Importantly, you cannot change your bet or stake when using en prison.
The American roulette offering has a double zero and a standard single – so there are 38 numbered squares in total. Much like European roulette, you will see that the colour of the numbers corresponds with the wheel.
That’s the most popular variations of this exciting table game. There are also heaps of others to try out, such as mini roulette, double ball, multi-wheel, and video roulette. Not to forget, our live roulette games are among the most popular games we have on offer.
Best Roulette Strategies
There aren’t any roulette strategies that will guarantee your success when playing at casinos – all games are completely random!
With that said, you could try the Martingale system which involves staking the lowest amount possible on outside bets. If you win, you stick with the lowest bet. If you lose; you increase your stake two-fold. Whether over time this will make much difference is debatable, however, there is no denying this is a super popular strategy.
Compared to the Martingale strategy, some players opt for the Paroli. This will see you increasing your wager two-fold on a win, and resetting to zero on a loss. The goal is to win 3 times, one after another
How to Play Roulette Online
Online roulette offers players a chance to play from the comfort of home. Apart from some additional options, usually depending on the title or variation – you will find gameplay much the same as in a real casino.
See below the most commonly seen online options and bets:
- Spin: Confirm your stake and bet and hit ‘spin’ to start the roulette wheel in motion
- Undo: Clear your last bet
- Clear Bets: Clear all of your bets
- Rebet: Edit your bet
- Rebet & Spin: Spin the roulette wheel using your last bet
- Double: This will double your roulette bet
- Double & spin: Double the last bet you placed and spin the wheel
Apart from not having to get dressed and catch an Uber – another advantage of online casinos is that the payouts are often much more generous than land-based – thanks to less running costs.
Is Online Roulette Safe?
Online roulette is indeed safe, and each game gives you the same chance at winning as the last player. The Gambling Commission regulates us and therefore each game title must pass rigorous testing at an approved Test House.
This means that you can play your favourite roulette titles safely and fairly whenever the moment takes you at JeffBet. We take safety very seriously and also use 128-bit SSL encryption for all deposits and transactions.
We are committed to only ever offering titles from trusted providers. This is the case across all of our games such as live dealer games, sports betting, and popular casino offerings.
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