Roulette is played with a circular wheel containing 36 numbers from 1 to 36 (plus the zeros) and a betting layout where players can place their wagers.
The Play of the Game
Play begins in roulette with the bettors placing their bets on the layout. The wheel will be spun by the dealer who will also throw the ball in the opposite direction from which the wheel is spinning. When the ball is about to leave the track, the dealer will announce that bets are no longer permitted.
The call of Faites vos jeux, messieurs (Make your bets gentlemen) or Rien ne va plus (Nothing more goes) are classic in the French speaking casinos. When the ball stops in a slot, the outcome is announced,and the dealer or croupier, settles won and lost bets.
Roulette offers you more than 150 possible combinations to bet. In parenthesis, I have included the French term for the bets listed. We’ll look at each of the wagers now.
Single Number Bet (En Plein)
A single number bet can be made on any number on the layout including the 0 and 00. To do so, place your chip within the lines of the number chosen, being careful not to touch the lines. Otherwise you may have another bet altogether. The winning payoff is 35 to 1.
Split Bet (A Cheval)
Place the chip on the line adjoining two numbers. If either number comes up, the payoff is 17 to 1.
Trio Bet (Transversale)
The chip is placed is placed on the outside vertical line alongside any line of numbers. If any of the three are hit, the payoff is 11 to 1.
4-Number Bet (Carre)
Also called a square or corner bet. Place the chip on the spot marking the intersection of four numbers. If any of the four come in, it is an 8 to 1 payoff.
Place the chip at the intersection of the 0, 00 and 2 to cover those numbers plus the 1 and 3. If any of these five come home, the payoff is 6 to 1. In American roulette, it is the only bet not giving the house a 5.26% edge. It’s worse – 7.89%! (This bet is not available in European roulette.)
6-Number Bet (Sixaine)
Also called a block bet. Wagers are placed on the outside intersecting line that separates the two sets of three numbers chosen. The payoff is 5 to 1.
Columns Bet (Colonne)
A chip placed at the head of a column, on the far side from the zero or zeros, covers all 12 numbers in the column and has a winning payoff of 2 to 1. The 0 and 00 are not included in this bet and are losers if they come up.
Dozens Bet (Douzaine)
This is another way to bet 12 numbers, either numbers 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36. On the American layout they’re called the first, second and third dozen respectively, and on the French layout, they’re known as P12, M12 and D12. The winning payoff is 2 to 1.