Roulette – How to play

Wild Diamonds Fun casino Roulette wheel, roulette table, roulette chips

Brisbane Wild Diamonds Fun casino Roulette wheel and casino table in action.


The best known and most glamorous casino game – and also one of the easiest to play,  Roulette creates a great atmosphere by the noise of the ball spinning in the wheel and the large crowd it attracts. 

Multiply your stake up to 35 times depending on which bet you choose.

Roulette was first played in France back in the 17th century. It is now one of the most popular European gambling games and Monte Carlo in Monaco is a well known and famous casino centre for playing roulette.


The Basics:

Players play against the House represented by the croupier also called the dealer, who spins the roulette wheel and handles the wagers and payouts. In the Wild Diamonds Fun Casino roulette version, the wheel has 37 slots representing 36 numbers plus one zero.

Each player buys-in a different coloured chips so their bets don’t get mixed up. At the end of play, if you won, you exchange back the coloured chips for cash chips. The cash chips with the value amount imprinted on them and can be used on any table around the casino. There are several denominations in various colours. You then take these chips to other tables where they will give you colour chips for that particular table or in the case of Blackjack and Poker you can play your cash chips because each player has their own betting area.

To play roulette, you place your bet or bets on numbers (any number including the zero) in the table layout or on the outside, and when everybody at the table had a chance to place their bets, the croupier starts the spin and launches the ball. Just a few moments before the ball is about to drop, the croupier says ‘no more bets’. From that moment no one is allowed to place – or change – their bets until the ball drops into a slot. The croupier places the dolly (marker) on the winning number on the Roulette table and clears all the losing bets. The winners are those bets that are on or around the number that comes up. Also the bets on the outside of the layout win if the winning number is represented.


The House Advantage

On a single zero Roulette table the House advantage is 2.7%.

The House advantage on Roulette is gained by paying the winners a chip (or a proportion of it) less than what it should have been if there was no advantage. For example a straight up pays 35-1 plus you keep the original chip to end up with 36 chips.  There are 37 slots in the wheel, if there was no advantage you should end up with 37 chips.  Also, when the winning result is zero the house also takes all ‘outside bets’ this sometimes gives the casino a huge windfall on average every 37 spins.  In recent times, many casinos have added a double zero which increases their winning margin by even more.  They still pay 35 to 1, but now there is 38 slots.


The Payouts:

A bet on one number only, called a Straight-up bet, pays 35 to 1. (A)  
A two-number bet, called a Split bet, pays 17 to 1. (B)
A three-number bet, called a Street bet, pays 11 to 1. (C)
A four-number bet, called a Corner bet, pays 8 to 1.  (D) & (E)
A six-number bet, called a Sixline, pays 5 to 1. (F)
A bet on the outside Dozen or Column, pays 2 to 1. (G) & (H)
A bet on the outside Even money bets, pays 1 to 1. (I), (J) & (K)
How to play roulette

Different bets that can be placed on a roulette layout


Object Of The Game:

To win at Roulette the player needs to predict where the ball will land after each spin. This is by no means easy. In fact, luck plays an important part in this game. Some players go with the winning numbers calling them ‘hot’ numbers and therefore likely to come up more times. Other methodical players use specific Roulette systems or methods, money management systems, or both.

The fact is, at the end of the day the house has a slight advantage and there is no system in the world that can beat Roulette. With every spin you have a 1 in 37 chance (single zero wheel) that a particular number will come up. Just have fun and hope your lucky numbers come up.

Did You Know?

In every casino it is customary that the Roulette croupier starts the first spin of the day with the ball lying in the number slot of the date of that day. This obviously excludes the numbers 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 and 0.

More Useless Information!

Roulette used to be called the “Devils game” in early times.  This is because all of the numbers, if added up from 1 to 36 total 666.