At first glance, a roulette table can seem quite confusing. The numbers in the middle seem fairly simple, but what’s all this stuff around the edges? Are they important? What if I’m doing everything wrong?
Don’t worry, it happens to all of us, we see something we don’t understand and we start to question if we actually know as much as we thought we did. Fortunately we’re here to explain everything you’ll need to know about the roulette table, and it really isn’t difficult to learn.
What Table Am I Playing On?
First, you’ll need to recognise what table you’re arriving at. There are three types of standard roulette tables, American, European and French. Each of these tables has a slight difference which is easily noticeable and simple to remember.
The American table is easy to recognise as it’s the only table that has a 00 slot on the table, so if there’s two house slots, you’re playing American.
The European game lacks the 00 slot, but so does the French table, so what’s the difference? Well it’s mostly just aesthetics. The European table has all the outside bets on one of the long sides of the table, whereas French roulette will have them split down both of the long sides. One set will be on one side and their opposites will appear on the other side. The French table will sometimes also have the special bets showing on the table, so that you don’t have to bother the dealer to make unique wagers.
If you want to know more about the different types of roulette, visit our roulette variations page.
Inside and Outside Bets
To put it simply, inside bets are on the inside of the table, and outside bets are placed around the inside bets. Seems simple enough. However it’s still worth knowing what each bet means.
Inside bets are traditionally higher risk but give a larger pay-out. This includes all the numbers by themselves and small group bets, an inside bet will allow you to bet on as many as six numbers with one chip.
Outside bets are the larger groups; these allow you to place chips on as many as half the numbers on the table; however the pay-out is a lot less. Outside bets are used more in roulette strategies because of their safe and sure nature.
Knowing Where To Bet
Inside bets are simple enough to understand just by looking at the roulette table, if you want to know more about inside bets then take a look at our roulette bets page. Outside bets aren’t as self-explanatory, so we’re here to show you what they mean and what they look like.
This is where you’ll place Even and Odd bets, which consist off all the even numbers and all the odds number respectively.
This is where you place your chips if you want to bet on either black or red, betting on black will include all the black numbers and betting on red will include all the red numbers.
As easy as before, this is where you’ll place bets on whether the number will be high or low. Low means between 1 and 18, whereas high is between 19 and 36.
Dozens is where you’ll place chips if you want to bet on a group of twelve predetermined numbers. These are 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36. On the roulette table they’ll appear as ‘1st 12’. ‘2nd 12’ and ‘3rd 12’.
Columns are very similar to dozens; however they’re placed differently on the roulette table. You place your chips here if you want to bet on any of the individual columns running vertically down the roulette table.