The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is a game of pure chance. Players place bets by placing chips on a betting mat before the wheel is spun. They can bet on individual numbers, small groups of numbers or odds and evens.

Before the wheel spins, the dealer clears the table of losing bets and pays out winners. Winning bets are paid out in regular casino chips.


There are a number of roulette variations, each of which offers unique features. Some offer different payouts, whereas others feature a differently designed wheel. Some variations of the game also offer a lower minimum bet amount, making them more suitable for inexperienced players. The most notable variation of the game is French roulette, which uses a unique double-ring wheel. This enables winning straight bets to pay out at the rate of 11:1, while split and street bets pay at 5:1 and 2:1 respectively.