Roulette has often been considered among the most popular casino games. It’s easy for beginners to pick up, the wheel offers a certain thrill that cannot be found in other casino staples, and if your luck is in you could land a decent win. Online casinos have helped increase Roulette’s popularity, making it accessible to everyone, while different variations ensure that gamers remain interested.

Never had a go on the Devil’s wheel? Don’t worry as we will give you all you need to know about Roulette payouts, odds and bets in this handy beginners’ guide.

The basics

The first thing to consider is the kind of Roulette you’re playing – European Roulette or American Roulette? The difference is an additional number. European Roulette features the numbers 1-36 and a single 0, American Roulette includes the numbers 1-36, a single 0 and a double 0. Through this additional number, the house edge is increased, making European Roulette more favourable to the player. It’s also worth noting that the two wheels will also have the numbers displayed in a different order.

Have you ever looked at a Roulette table? As well as the numbers in their respective colours (red or black), there are additional sectors you can place bets on. If you look at the table, you’ll find that the group of numbers is on the inside, or main part of the table, while everything else is outside of that – and therefore bets can be split into those two categories.

Inside bets

Dependent on your variation of Roulette, there are five or six different kinds of inside bet that can be made:

Straight: a bet on a single number

e.g. 9

Split: a bet on two numbers adjacent on the table

e.g. 5 & 8

Street: a bet on three numbers on the same line

e.g. 25, 26, & 27

Double street/Six line: a bet on two adjacent lines (or two streets)

e.g. 4, 5, 6 & 7, 8, 9

Corner/Square: a bet on four numbers that share the same corner

e.g. 14, 15, 17, 18

Basket: a bet on five numbers – only available in American Roulette

e.g. 0, 00, 1, 2 & 3

Outside bets

Rather than focusing on specific numbers, outside bets concern those larger groups of numbers. There are five different types of outside bet:

Red or black: bet on the winning number being either red or black

Odd or even: bet on the winning number being either odd or even

Low or high: bet on the winning number being either low (1-18) or high (19-36)

Dozen: bet on the winning number being from the first (1-12), second (13-24) or third (35-16) dozen numbers of the table

Column: bet on the winning number being from the first, second or third column of the table (that is the column beginning with the 1, 2 or 3)

Odds and pay-outs

This is where things start to get complicated. As we said, it depends on the variation of Roulette you play as to the likelihood of your chosen bet landing. Regardless of it being European Roulette or American Roulette, the pay-out will be the same, it’s just that the odds in American Roulette are slightly lower, due to that additional 00 in the casino’s favour. This table will explain all:

Bet Pay-out European Roulette odds American Roulette odds
Straight 35:1 2.7% 2.6%
Split 17:1 5.4% 5.3%
Street 11:1 8.1% 7.9%
Corner/Square 8:1 10.8% 10.5%
Basket 6:1 13.5% 13.2%
Double Street/Six line 5:1 16.2% 15.8%
Column

Dozen

2:1 32.4% 31.6%
Red/Black

Odd/Even

Low/High

1:1 48.6% 47.4%

The next time you’re playing Roulette, whether it’s in a trusty brick-and-mortar establishment or on your smart device using the power of the internet from the comfort of your own home, you should now know the bets to make and the return they can bring. Will Lady Luck be on your side?