Now that you have a better understanding of the game, it’s time to take a closer look at the details you might have missed on the roulette table.

In this section of the guide, we’ll be walking you through all the different types of roulette wheels and their differences, the bet types and the house edge. The wheel holds the key to win, so it’s also important to familiarize yourself with the roulette table layout as well as the online roulette.

Types of Roulette Wheels

Casino providers offer a multitude of roulette games to choose from. Some are more traditional, whilst others are more contemporary. However, they all follow the same rules of the three different types of roulette: American, French and European.

Whilst all of them have their respective differences, there is one common factor. All numbers are distributed in a way that separates red black, even odd, and high low fairly.

In this case, the odd numbers found between 1 to 10 and 19 to 28 are black while the rest are red. The same applies for numbers ranging between 11 to 18 and 29 to 36; odd are black, even are red.

roulette wheel and ball

American Roulette

Featuring 38 pockets and two green ones for the 0 and 00, we’ve got the American roulette wheel. All red and black pockets are placed in a balanced pattern, while the 0s face each other on opposite sides of the wheel. Numbers face the outside of the wheel.

american roulette layout

European Roulette

On the other hand, European Roulette has 37 pockets, with numbers raging from 1 to 36 and a single 0. Numbers face the inside of the wheel.

european roulette layout

French Roulette

For the most part, French roulette follows the same rules of European roulette. However, here you can apply the La Partage rule, where you can win your original stake back, if you place an even bet and the ball lands on 0.

french roulette layout

Bets you can place on the Roulette Tables

Ever heard of a Straight Up bet? Or perhaps ad Red Black one? Roulette games have two types of bets – inside bets and outside bets. These bets can then be further divided into over 20 bets that can be placed on the roulette table.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common ones you can find on the roulette wheel. We’ll be explaining the type of bet, it’s description and how it can be placed.

INSIDE BETS

TYPE OF BET   DESCRIPTION PLACEMENT OF BET
Straight Up Betting on a single number. Center  
Split A bet that lies between two bordering numbers. Edge
Street Three successive numbers on a horizontal line. Outside edge
Corner Four numbers that form a square. Common Corner
Six Lines Six numbers forming two horizontal lines. Outer Corner

OUTSIDE BETS

TYPE OF BET   DESCRIPTION PLACEMENT OF BET
Column   Betting on a specific column. Bottom
Dozen The wheel is divided into 3 sections. In this case, a player will place his bet on 12 numbers pertaining to a group. On the respective boxes of each group of 12.
Low/High 1-18 / 19-36 Corners (Outside the betting area)
Even/Odd Betting on odd or even numbers. Respective sections labelled Odd or Even.
Red/Black Betting on red or black numbers. Center (Outside the betting area)

Understanding the House Edge

Whilst there are plenty of opportunities yield lucrative wins, you have to keep in mind that roulette is game of chance – you can either win or lose.  This is due to the built-in odds providing a percentage for all bets that would favor the casino. This is where the house edge comes into play.

Simply put, the house edge is a percentage of the mathematical advantage that a casino has over the players. In this case, the house edge percentage will give you a better idea of the average loss to the original bet, and a rough estimate of the players’ losing bets.

To put this into context, the roulette house edge on the European roulette wheel is 2.70%. In American roulette, this increases to 5.26%, due to the 0 and 00 pockets.