Study the Roulette Table with Our Guide

We’re here to explain everything you need to know about the roulette table.

At first glance, the roulette table can appear rather confusing. The numbers in the middle seem fairly simple, but what’s all this stuff around the edges? Is it important? What if I’m doing everything wrong? Never fear, we’re going to break it down for you…

What Table am I Playing on?

There are three types of standard roulette tables, American, European and French.

The American Table

The American table is easy to recognise as it’s the only one that has a 00 slot. If you spot two house slots, you’re playing American.

The European Table

The European game lacks the 00 slot and has all the outside bets positioned along one of the long sides of the table.

The French Table

The French table also lacks the 00 slot, but unlike the European table outside bets are split along both of the long sides. The French table will sometimes have special bets visible 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 positioned on the inside of the table, and outside bets are placed around the inside bets.

Inside Bets

Inside bets are traditionally higher risk but give a larger pay-out. Inside bets include all individual numbers and small group bets. Within an inside bet, you can place a single chip on as many as six numbers.

Outside Bets

Outside bets are placed on larger groups of numbers; you can place chips on up to half the numbers on the table. However, the pay-out is a lot lower than with inside bets.

Knowing where to Bet

Inside bets are fairly straightforward (but if you’re still a little lost, you can check out out Roulette Bets page. Outside bets are a little trickier, so we’re going to show you what they mean and where they’re placed on the table:


This is where you’ll place Even and Odd bets, which consist of all the even and odds number respectively:


This is where you place your chips if you want to bet on either all the black or all the red numbers:


This is how you place bets on ‘low’ (between 1 and 18) or ‘high’ (between 19 and 36) groups of numbers:


This is where you 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 table:

That’s the Table!

That’s everything you need to know about the roulette table!

Not so difficult really, is it? With this information, you should be well equipped to place bets on the roulette table. And remember the most important rule: never balance drinks on the table – that felt is expensive.