Roulette Basics

Published on 15 September 2013

A roulette wheel is made of a wheel with a ball rolls until it landed on one number from one to 38. The European roulette wheel has 37 numbers, which is played by putting chips on number or numbers and the winning is determined where the ball lands. Roulette has a French origin and on a traditional roulette table, the French terms on the betting area are still in used even in English speaking countries. However, most of the US tables, use English terms and a different type of mat.

Here is a list of different bets and odds associated in roulette game:

Evens – Rouge (red number), Noir (black number), Pair (even number), Impair (odd number), Manque (1 – 18), Passe (19 – 36).

Incidentally, Passe is so named because the ball has “passed” the centrepoint.

Manque is French for “failed” and is used because the ball has failed to pass 18.

2 to 1 – “Le Douze”. Twelve first numbers, Twelve middle numbers, Twelve last numbers. Place bet in one of the squares marked accordingly.

2 to 1 – A column of twelve numbers. The stake is placed in the square at the end of one of the three columns of twelve numbers.

6 to 1 – A set of 6 numbers. Place the stake on the intersection of the edge of two rows of three numbers to bet on the 6 numbers in those 2 rows.

9 to 1 – “Carre en pleine”. A set of four numbers. Place the stake at the intersection of the square of four numbers to be bet upon.

12 to 1 – “Carre simple”. A row of three numbers. Place the stake over the line forming the end of the row of three numbers to be bet upon.

18 to 1 “En Chaval”. Two numbers. Place the stake across the line dividing the two numbers to be bet upon.

35 to 1. A single number. Place the stake in the box showing the number concerned. It is allowable to bet on zero or double zero.

The sum of the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666, which is said to be the “devil’s number”