Online Betting Guide

Roulette rules and Odds

Roulette is one of the most popular casino games worldwide, largely due to its simple rules, the rush we get from playing, and the complete lack of skill involved.

Playing online gives us the opportunity to avoid crowded tables and allows for maximum time in between spins so we are not rushed to place our bets. If playing in house, we can begin betting at the table when the dealer has cleared the table from the last spin and paid all previous winning bets. We then have a certain period of time where we can place wager, up until the dealer calls for ‘no more bets,’ which is usually when the wheel is in motion. When the ball comes to rest in a slot, that number will be called out and a marker, called the dolly in most countries, will be placed on the corresponding number on the table layout.

European & American Roulette

The two main forms or roulette are American and European (French roulette holds the same house edge as European roulette, but has some additional betting options available). The game play of European and American roulette is almost identical, but there are a few important differences that need to be taken in to account.

The European roulette wheel has 37 slots, (1-36 and a zero) and the house edge is 2.70%. European games of the French variety feature the La Partage and En Prison rules, which apply to even-money bets (black/red, odd/even, 1-18/19-36). If the ball lands on zero and players have bet on any of the aforementioned even-money bets, either half of their bet is returned, and the other half goes to the casino (La Partage) or they may have the option where their bet is imprisoned on its bet, and on the next spin, if the bet wins, the stake is returned, but if it loses, then the wager is forfeited.

The American roulette wheel adds a double zero (so now the wheel has a 0 and a 00), bumping up the house edge to 5.26% with a total of 38 numbers. However, often on high roller tables in America, they will revert to the single zero version. While the extra 00 does not seem like a big deal, it almost doubles the European house edge. This suggests we, the player, are going to lose more money in the long run if we play the American style, as opposed to the European counterpart.

In Australia, most land-based casinos have added the 00 to increase the profitability of each low end table. But the majority of high roller tables use the single 0.

Roulette Betting Options

There are many different betting options in roulette and it is a requirement for all tables to display the minimum and maximum bets allowed. The betting options are broken into two categories, inside and outside bets. They are labelled as such because of the layout of the table, as shown in the below image.

Note: Payouts across both the European and American versions are identical, but the true odds of winning specific bets differ due to the extra zero.

Outside Bets

Outside bets, as the name suggests, are bets which are located outside of the 1-36 number grid. They automatically lose if the ball lands on 0 or 00 because they are not red or black, odd or even, and don’t fall into any of the other categories.

Inside Bets

Inside bets offer larger payouts than outside wagers but come with a significantly higher risk. All inside bets are located within the grid of numbers 0-36.

Minimum & Maximum Table Limits

All roulette tables at online and offline casinos have a minimum and maximum bet, designating the least and most amount of money you can bet across the table for one spin. When playing offline at a brick and mortar casino, the minimum betting amount is the unit that must hit the table; i.e. if the minimum bet is $10, we cannot place five $2 chips over several inside bets to total $10. The chip used must by at least a $10 chip. When playing at a physical table, the following also applies: if the minimum bet is shown as $5, this will often be referring to inside bets only, meaning the minimum bet for all inside wagers is $5, but all outside bets are required to have a minimum of double that amount ($10, in this example).

Online roulette is much more flexible and clearer in terms of minimum bets. The minimum bet at online tables will usually apply to both inside and outside bets, and will often be as low as $1. You’d be hard pressed to find any brick and mortar casino that allowed you to place $1 bets on black. Additionally, at online tables, if the minimum bet is $10, you will usually be allowed to spread smaller denomination wagers across the board (inside bets only), to total $10; so ten $1 bets, for example.

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