Table Game

Table equipment and the croupier’s code.

Whether it’s online Roulette or in a brick-and-mortar casino, you’ll need to know the basics before you start gambling! Scroll down to find out more about the basic rules of Roulette.

The roulette wheel

The wheel

The wheel consists of a bowl-shaped recess that holds the wheel and a rotor with numbered pockets. The croupier tosses the ball onto the rim of the wheel, otherwise known as the ball-track. There are several metal deflectors or “diamonds” embedded between the ball-track and the rotor. As the ball is thrown at full speed, it slowly loses momentum and pings off the deflectors before landing in a numbered slot.

The rotor

The croupier activates the rotor to spin the wheel in one direction while tossing the ball in the opposite direction to create momentum. Actually, this is what makes Roulette one of the most dramatic casino games. As the anticipation builds up during the spin, the suspense hits its peak just as the ball slowly drops into place.

The ball

Once the croupier spins the rotor, the ball is thrown onto the balltrack. As the ball loses momentum it slows down before landing into a numbered pocket.

The Roulette ball is white, however in some in some VIP rooms it can be made of solid gold or platinum.

The ball in the wheel

The betting table

The betting table, otherwise referred to as “the table” or “the layout”, is usually green. However in some casinos it can be blue or red. The numbers on the table run from 1 to 36 and are laid out in a rectangular shape. The Zero, or the double Zero in American roulette, is green and sits at the top of the rectangle followed by the numbers, arranged in lines of three. In addition there are squares that run down one length of the rectangle for betting with 2:1 (dozens) and 1:1 odds.

Inside bets

Inside bets are for numbers only. You can place a straight bet on a single number on you can bet on a group of numbers. Bare in mind that you can only bet on a group of numbers that sit together and share a line on the betting table. The odds of winning on an inside bet vary from 2 to 35 times the bet.
Betting chips on numbers

Outside bets

Outside bets have great odds with a one in two or a one in three shot of winning! Place an outside bet using the squares that run alongside the numbered rectangle. Simple bets that pay 1:1 odds include red or black, even or odd, and high bet or low bet (1 through 18, 19 through 36). In addition, you can also bet on dozens which offer a 2:1 payout.

Casino chips

In brick and mortar casino roulette you cannot place a cash bet on the table and banknotes must first be changed at the cashier. However, if you’re playing online Roulette on a real money online casino in the UK, all you need is a debit card. Different coloured chips are used to differentiate face value.
Casino bank chips

Betting limits

Each roulette wheel has a minimum and a maximum bet. If you’re wondering why there would be a maximum bet, the answer is simple: to prevent players from “blowing up the bank” with winning tricks that could potentially empty the casino’s pockets!

The chip rake

The chip rake is a long stick used by the croupier to move the chips around the table. It’s mostly used in VIP game rooms to remove losing bets and pay out winnings. With such manual dexterity, the croupier doesn’t even need to touch the chips!
However, online roulette has simplified this task.
VIP roulette rake

The croupier’s announcements

The thrill of hearing the croupier announce the bets is what makes the game so intense. Whether you’re playing online or in land-based casinos, the croupier will make the following announcements:

  1. “Ladies & gentlemen, place your bets!”
  2. “Ladies & gentlemen, final bets!”
  3. “Ladies & gentlemen, no more bets!”
Once the ball lands in a numbered pocket, the croupier announces the outcome. First of all he calls out the winning number, followed by red or black, even or odd, high bet or low bet.
For example, the ball lands on number 17, the croupier calls “NUMBER 17, BLACK, ODD, LOW”.

Number board history

Each Roulette table displays the numbers previously drawn on a board with two columns. Red numbers on the left, black numbers on the right. Interestingly, you can often spot winning patterns. For example, red comes up 5 times in a row or a particular number will be drawn twice in a row. As a result, players can get into a frenzy and place wild bets, sometimes going all-in, just because they believe that they’ve spotted a winning pattern.