How to Play AMERICAN ROULETTE

The game is played with a wheel containing 37 compartments numbered from 0 to 36. The numbers from 1-36 are divided up equally and coloured either red or black. The zero is coloured green. A single ball is spun around the wheel and will land in one of the numbered compartments.

The object of the game is to predict which numbered compartment the ball will fall into by placing a bet on the corresponding number on the layout. On the layout zero is yellow.  The best odds are given for predicting the number outright (“straight up”) and the odds diminish depending on how many numbers are covered by a single bet.

Bets may also be placed to predict a sequence of numbers.  These are called “neighbour bets” and consist of one number and the two numbers to the left and the two numbers to the right of it in the wheel.  The stake for the 5 piece bet is placed by the dealer on the “Racetrack”, which is found between the dealer and the layout.  It is also possible to bet specific sections of the wheel; these are known as “French bets”.  

There is a compact way to cover each section. The 6 piece bet that covers Le Tiers du Cylindre is commonly known as the “Tier”. 9 pieces cover Les Voisins du Zero, which is known as the “Voisins” and 5 pieces cover the Orphelins.

Each table will have a minimum and maximum stake displayed for betting on any number.

It is also possible to wager on whether the number will be red or black, odd or even, low or high (often called the "outside" or "even chance" bets). Each of these consists of eighteen numbers and pays even money.  It is possible to bet all the numbers in a column or all the numbers in a specific dozen, each of these consisting of twelve numbers.  The betting area on the columns helpfully gives the odds payable, 2 to 1.

If zero is spun all stakes on the even chance bets lose half and bets on the columns or dozens lose. Stakes covering zero are paid in the same way as any other number.
Usual odds payable

35-1 Straight Up - one specific number
17-1 Split - one of two specific numbers
11-1 Street - one of three specific numbers
8-1 Corner - one of four specific numbers
8-1 First Four - one of numbers 0,1,2,3
5-1 Six Line - one of six specific numbers
2-1 Column - one of twelve specific numbers in a row
2-1 Dozen - one of twelve specific numbers in a block
1-1 Red or Black - one of eighteen specific numbers
1-1 Odd or Even - one of eighteen specific numbers
1-1 Low or High, - one of eighteen specific numbers
1-2 Split Column - one of twenty-four specific numbers in a row
1-2 Split Dozen - one of twenty-four specific numbers in a block


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