How to Play American Roulette

How to Play American Roulette


In order to play American Roulette, the player must try to predict which number slot the ball will end up in on the roulette wheel.

American Roulette Rules

The numbers 1 through 36, 0, and 00 are marked on the roulette wheel. The numbers are alternately colored red and black. The “0” and the “00” are green.

The roulette table layout is divided into 2 sections – group bets and individual numbers. “Inside bets” are those placed on individual, adjacent, or small groups of numbers. “Outside bets” are bets that cover groups of 12 or 18 numbers (e.g. red, odd, etc.).

American Roulette Types of Bets

american roulette bets

Inside Bets

1) Straight Up A bet on any single number including “0” and “00”, placed directly on the number
2) Split Bet A bet on two adjacent numbers, placed on the line between the 2 numbers , including 0 and 00.
3) Street Bet A bet on all three numbers in a row, placed on the line at the end of the row. Also can be placed on 0, 1, and 2. As well as, 0, 00, and 2. Or 00, 2, and 3.
4) Corner Bet A bet on a group of four numbers, placed at the corner where the 4 numbers touch.
5) Five Bet A bet on 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3, placed at the corner by 0 and 1.
6) Line Bet A bet on six numbers (2 rows of 3 numbers), placed at the end of two rows on the line between them.

Outside Bets

7) Column Bet A bet on an entire column, placed on a 2-1 box at the end of a column.
8) Dozen Bet A bet on a group of 12 numbers, placed on the 1st 12 box (numbers 1-12), 2nd 12 box (numbers 13-24), or 3rd 12 box (numbers 25-36).
9) Colour Bet A bet on all of the red numbers or all of the black numbers, placed on the red box (all red numbers) or the black box (all black numbers).
10) Even/Odd A bet on all even numbers or all odd numbers, placed on the even box (all even numbers) or the odd box (all odd numbers).
11) Low/High Number

A bet on all low numbers or all high numbers, placed on the low box (numbers 1-18) or the high box (numbers 19-36).

* If 0 or 00 is spun, all outside bets are halved and returned to the player.


Type Of Bet
Straight Up 35:1
Split 17:1
Street 11:1
Corner 8:1
Five (0,00,1,2,3) 6:1
Line 5:1
Column 2:1
Dozen 2:1
Low Numbers, 1 – 18 Even Money, 1 – 1
High Numbers, 19 – 36 Even Money, 1 – 1
Red or Black Even-Money, 1 – 1
Even or Odd Even-Money, 1 – 1

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