As with any casino game, roulette has its own unique language to describe wagers and the different parts of the roulette table and wheel. This is a roulette glossary that translates some of the most common terms you will hear around the roulette table into plain English.
- American Roulette – The version of Roulette most commonly found in the United States. American roulette uses 38 different numbers (1 – 36, 0, and 00) as opposed to the 37 numbers used on the European Roulette Wheel.
- Black Bet – A wager that the winning number will be black. A winning black bet pays 1 to 1 odds.
- Column Bet – All of the numbers on the roulette table are arranged into 3 columns (except for the 0 or 00). A column bet is a wager that the next winning number will be in a particular column. This bet is made by placing your wager in the square at the end of the column you wish to bet on. A winning column bet pays 2 to 1.
- Corner Bet – A bet placed on 4 numbers at once. This bet can only be placed on numbers that are all touch each other. It is called a corner bet because the player’s wager is placed on the corner that connects 4 adjoining numbers on the roulette table. A winning corner bet pays 8 to 1.
- Croupier – The casino staff person who is in charge of the roulette table. He will pay out winning bets, take away losing bets, and manage the roulette wheel.
- Dozen Bet – A bet placed on a group of 12 sequential numbers at once. Bets can be placed on the numbers 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36. A winning dozen bet pays 2 to one. This bet is very similar to the column bet, but is on a different set of numbers.
- Double-Zero – Used in American Roulette, the double zero is an extra square added to the board next to the 0.
- European Roulette – A popular version of Roulette that is played mainly in Europe. Unlike American Roulette, European Roulette uses only one 0 square instead of a 0 and a 00 square.
- Even Bet – A wager that the next winning number will be even as opposed to odd, 0, or 00. A winning even bet pays 1 to 1 odds.
- Five Number Bet – A wager that one of the first 5 numbers on the wheel- 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3- will be the winning number. This bet is only available in American Roulette. A winning five number bet pays 6 to 1 odds.
- High Bet – A bet that the winning number will be between 19 and 36. A winning high bet pays 1 to 1 odds.
- Inside Bet – Any wager on one or more numbers found on the table. The alternative to an inside bet is an outside bet.
- Low Bet– A wager that the winning number will be between 1 and 18. This is similar to a high bet except the low bet is on the other half of the numbers. A winning low bet pays 1 to 1.
- Odd Bet – A wager that the winning number will be odd. This is exactly like an even bet, except on the odd numbers. A winning odd bet pays 1 to 1.
- Outside Bet – Any wager that is not placed directly on the numbers themselves, but are played instead on the bets available on the outside of the table. Examples include a black bet, red bet, even bet, odd bet, column bet, etc.
- Red Bet – A wager that the winning number will be red. A winning red bet pays 1 to 1 odds.
- Six-Number Bet – A bet on 6 adjacent numbers on the roulette table. A 6 number bet is made by placing a chip on the outside corner connecting two rows of numbers. A winning 6 number bet pays 5 to 1 odds.
- Split Bet – A wager on any two adjacent numbers on the roulette table. A split bet is made by placing a chip on the line that connects two adjacent numbers on the roulette table. A winning split bet pays 17 to 1 odds.
- Straight Bet – A wager on any single number on the roulette table. This is one of the most common wagers played in roulette. A winning straight bet pays 35 to 1 odds.
- Straight Up Bet – The same as a straight bet (see above)
- Trio Bet – A wager on any row of numbers found on the roulette table. A trio bet is made by placing a chip on the outside edge of any row of numbers on the roulette table. A winning trio bet pays 11 to 1.
- Zero – The number 0 on the roulette wheel and table.
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