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Roulette Rules


Roulette Rules

Roulette Bets

Roulette Layouts

Roulette Odds


The explanation of the roulette rules is according to Monte Carlo manual.

European (French) Roulette Layout

Roulette rules for betting when playing Roulette

1)      “En plein” or on a single number.

2)      “A Cheval” which means across two numbers.

3)      On a “transversale” including three numbers by placing chips on the external line of 3 numbers.

4)      On a “carre” or square including four consecutive numbers 0,1,2,3.

5)      On a “sixaine” including six numbers by betting on the line dividing six numbers.

6)      On the simple chances (even money bets).

7)      On one “douzaine” (dozen) – “Premier” (first), “Moyenne” (Middle, Second) or Dernier (Third, Last, Top).

8)      On the “Colonne” (Column) by placing the bet at the end of each column under the numbers 34, 35, 36.

Roulette rules for Simple Chances (Even Money Bets)

The simple chances include “Pair and Impair” (Even and Odd), “Rouge and Noir” (Red and Black), “Manque” including the numbers from 1-18 and “Passe” including the numbers from 19 to 36. By the rules, the Bank pays even money for winning stakes placed on simple chances.

Roulette rules for Longer Odds

The following bets are known as longer odds. They include:

1)      The single numbers are paid 35 to 1

2)      Two numbers or “a cheval” - 17 to 1

3)      Three numbers or a full "transversale" -11 to 1

4)      Four numbers (square) or a “carre” – 8 to 1

5)      Six numbers or a “sixain” - 5 to 1

6)      Twelve numbers or a “douzaine” (dozen) – 2 to 1

7)      Twelve numbers or a “colonne” (column) – 2 to 1

When zero turns up, only the bets placed on zero win. Simple bets then lose half of their value or are put “en prison” (in prison) and are only freed if the number turning up with the next spin is a number, which covers the previous bets.

Suppose that 12 is the number turning after zero. All the bets placed either on Even, 1-18 and Red that were previously “imprisoned” are freed. On the other hand all “imprisoned” bets on Odd, 19-36 and Black, lose and are taken by the House.

Roulette rules and the Flow of the Game

During the game, the spins are running in a quick succession. First and foremost the croupier invites players to place their bets by saying:” Faites vos jeux, Messieurs” (put your bets Gentlemen). Then he sets the roulette in movement and throws an ivory ball in an opposite to roulette direction in a circular inclined space raised above the cylinder bearing 37 divisions. When after turning and striking the divisions the ivory ball drops into one of the divisions, the croupier announces: “Rien ne va plus” and from this very moment no more bets are accepted.

Should accidentally a chip or anything else drop into the cylinder whilst in motion, then, by the rules, the spin would not count, and by saying: ”Rien ne va” the croupier stops the game. Then after having removed from the cylinder the chip and throwing again the ivory ball, he says: Messieurs, tout va”.

When the ivory ball definitely drops into one of the divisions the croupier announces the number turning up, pointing same out on the green cloth with the tip of his small rake.

If for an instance number 7 turns up, the croupier announces: seven, red, odd and 1-18, in order to remind the players of all bets connected with this number. Then all losing bets are picked up by the House while all winning bets are paid for.

American Roulette Layout

The Odds of European (French) and American Roulettes

The table below shows the odds for different bets in European and American roulette.


Player's Disadvantage
 in European Roulette

Player's Disadvantage
 in American Roulette

Simple Chances - Red or Black, Odd or Even, 1-18 or 1-19 -1.35%


 The single numbers -2.70% -5.26%
Two numbers or “a cheval” -2.70% -5.26%
Three numbers or a full "transversale" -2.70% -5.26%
Four numbers (square) or a “carre” -2.70% -5.26%
Six numbers or a “sixain” -2.70% -5.26%
On one “douzaine” (dozen) -2.70% -5.26%
Twelve numbers or a “colonne” -2.70% -5.26%
Five numbers in American roulette - 0, 00, 1,2,3  


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