Casinos for Blackjack
The first thing you should know before you learn anything about
the bets you can make, is when and how you can make those bets.
Each roulette table moves in sessions, each session is associated
with a spin of the wheel and that spin's result. A session ends
when the ball lands where it may, and the dealers clear the board
of losing bets (and pay winning ones of course). At this point
the dealer will say 'place your bets' and everyone at the table
will start throwing chips down like crazy. If you haven't read
up on the rest of the site I'll quickly go over the different
colors of chips and how they relate to the rest of the roulette
rules. Each player plays with their own color chips. You trade
in your checks (which most people think of as regular casino chips,
but they're actually called checks) for roulette chips when a
new session starts, and the dealer assigns you a number and denomination.
All of your chips of the same color are worth the same amount.
When the new session starts you can put your chips down where
you want to bet, and you don't really have to be in a hurry. Most
roulette sessions move at a fairly slow pace, to accommodate the
number of people betting, and the variety on which they can bet.
If you have a player you likes to put down twenty different bets
each time they play, the sessions are going to move a little slower.
There aren't many specific things that can be considered roulette
rules at the table, but here's one you shouldn't forget. After
the ball has started spinning, the dealer will wave his hands
across the table and say 'no more bets'. At this point, as you
intuition may have mentioned to you, you can't place any more
bets. Just sit back and let the ball fall where it may. Now lets
take a look at each of the individual bets you can make.
Roulette rules - inside bets
The inside bets are made up of specific numbers or combinations
of numbers within the number layout, or along the border of it.
On inside bets, the total of all of your bets must add up to at
least the table minimum.
Straight-up bet - this is the classic roulette
bet. Choose any one of the 38 numbers and put your chips down
on that number for the chance to win back at 35 to 1. True odds
on this bet are 37 to 1, but roulette rules dictate a 35 to 1
payback, so the casino robs you of two dollars each time you win
(that's how they make their money, for more info on this read
the roulette odds page).
Split bet - you can place a single bet on two
individual numbers if those numbers are beside each other on the
table layout. To do so put your chips down on the line between
them. This bet pays 17 to 1 if either of those numbers come up.
Street bet - This is a bet not unlike a split.
It allows you to bet on three different numbers with the same
bet. You can do this by placing chips on the outside of the row
of numbers you want to bet on. So if you want to bet on the numbers
1, 2, and 3 all at once, put your chips down on the line that
is the outside edge of the 3. This bet pays 11 to 1.
Corner bet - another combination wager, the
corner bet lets you bet on four adjoining numbers. Placing your
chips at the point where four numbers meet will indicate you want
a corner bet. This is sometimes referred to as a square bet. If
any of the four numbers come up, you're paid 8 to 1.
Fiver number bet - There is only one five number
bet available, and as such, it's referred to as the five number
bet. To make this bet place your chips at the intersection of
0 and 1 on the corner (not the corner that joins with two, but
the other one). You can win if any of 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3 are hit.
You are paid 6 to 1. This is the worst bet in all of roulette
betting. Even the casinos know they should pay you back at 6.2
to 1, but since that's too hard, they just round down. This rounding
makes the five number bet the only roulette bet that differs in
the house edge, sadly though it makes it even worst, so it's not
even worth thinking about.
Roulette Rules - outside bets
The outside bets on a roulette board are simply the bets that
reside 'outside' of the main playing area of 38 numbers. There
are no winning outside bets for 0 or 00 results. When you place
an outside bet your bet must meet the table minimum. This is different
than inside bets, where the total of all of your inside bets must
meet the table minimum. Different types of outside bets:
Red or Black - you can choose to bet on the
outcome either being a red number, or a black number. Place this
bet by putting your chips right in the area with the words 'red'
or 'black' in them, which should be easy to reach from beside
the table. This is a very common form of roulette betting, as
it is easy to understand that you have almost half a chance of
winning. People often make the bet making the incorrect assumption
that if 5 blacks were spun in a row, there is a better than 50%
chance the sixth spin will be red. This is not logical and the
reason why is described in more detail on our roulette systems
page. This bet is paid even money, meaning if you bet $5, you
Odd or Even - similar to the red black bet,
this even money bet is based on whether the resulting number will
be odd or even. Since 0 does not count as either, there are 36
numbers, an even count between odd and even. Place this bet by
putting your chips in the middle of the square marked 'even' or
the square marked 'odd', which will usually reside on either side
of the black / red betting area.
Low or High - this bet lets you predict whether
you think the next number to come up will be part of the range
from 1 to 18, or part of the range from 19 to 36. This is an even
money bet. To place this bet put your chips in the boxes with
the associated number range printed in them.
Columns - at one end of the set of 38 numbers
are boxes with the words '2 to 1' written in them. Each box is
part of a column of numbers (if you extend a line up the body
of the inside of the betting area). If a number from within the
column you are betting on comes up you win, and you're paid 2
Dozens - a bet very similar to the columns bet,
dozens lets you place a bet on either the first dozen numbers
(1-12), the second dozen (13-24), or the third dozen (25-36).
To place this bet find the rectangular areas located in between
the first outside bets (red/black, odd/even, etc) and the inside
board spread. These will usually be labeled with the words 1st
12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12. The bet pays 2 to 1.