Learning how to play the game is a must before you actually start betting real money on the roulette table. With that in mind, I have prepared a comprehensive article about the rules of roulette, so that beginners to the game would be informed and prepared beforehand.
First, let's talk about the wheel. The roulette wheel is composed of 36 numbers, from 1 to 36. There are also a "0" and a "00". Casinos in the United States usually use a double-0 in their roulette wheels, as well as a single "0". The European roulette only uses a single "0", so if you can find one, play it, since the house edge is lessened in your favor. The numbers on the wheel are alternately colored red and black, with the zeros colored green.
Players bet by placing their chips on the numbered layout, after which the dealer spins the wheel and spins the white ball in the opposite direction of the spinning wheel. Players may still bet until the ball is ready to leave the track and fall onto the wheel itself. At this time, the dealer will call out "No more bets". After the wheel stops spinning and the ball has fallen onto a number slot, the dealer places a marker on the winning number and pays the bets accordingly.
Here is how the bets are paid:
A bet on one number only, called a straight-up bet, pays 35 to 1. (You collect 36. With no house advantage you should collect 37 (38 in the USA on double zero roulette wheels).
A two-number bet, called split bet, pays 17 to 1.
A three-number bet, called street bet, pays 11 to 1.
A four-number bet, called corner bet, pays 8 to 1.
A six-number bet, pays 5 to 1.
A bet on the outside dozen or column, pays 2 to 1.
A bet on the outside even money bets, pays 1 to 1.
Here are the types of bets in roulette:
Single Number / Straight Up: Any number on the table. (Example: 00, 5, 22, etc.)
2 - Number (Split): Placing a bet on the line dividing two adjoining numbers on the table. When you place this bet, you are betting that either of the two adjacent numbers will come up.
3 - Number (Across): Placing a bet on any 3 adjoining numbers on a table. To place this bet, place your chips on the line to the left of the first number in the series.
4 - Number (Corner): Placing a bet on four numbers whose position on the table make a square. To place this bet, place your chips on the line in the center of the square.
6 - Number (Across): Placing a bet on six numbers made up of two rows of three numbers each. To place this bet, place your chips on the line to the left of the first number in the series and between the two rows of numbers.
Section (12 Numbers): There are three different ways to make this bet. You can either bet that the number that comes up will be "1st 12", "2nd 12" or "3rd 12". That is that the number will be in the first group of 12 numbers (1 - 12), the second group (13 - 24) or the third group (25 - 36).
Column (12 Numbers): You can bet that the number that comes up will be in the first column, second column, or third column. To place this bet, place your chips in the square at the bottom of the column you wish to bet on.
1 - 18 or 19 - 36: You can bet on whether the number that comes up will be between 1 and 18 or 19 and 36. Note that neither of these bets include the "0" or "00". To place this bet, place your chips on the section marked "1 to 18" or "19 to 36".
Odd or Even: You can bet on whether the number that comes up is an odd or even number. To place this bet, place your chips on the section marked "Odd" or "Even".
Color (Red or Black): You can bet on what color the number that comes up will be. To place this bet, place your chips on the section marked "Red" or "Black".