Roulette is one of the most iconic Casino Games, and generally considered to be a pure game of chance

roulette wheel diagram

The roulette wheel consists of 37 (or 38) numbered sections with same numbers on layed out on a table alongside.

The numbers range from 0 to 36 for the French/European version of the game, (American tables have an addition number “00”).

The Croupier spins the roulette wheel and then once up to speed throws in a small ball. once the roulette wheel stops spinning, the ball will settle on a number, which is the “Winning Number” for that game.

Roulette table numbers

Players place their bets directly on to the numbered table to identify which number they believe (hope) the ball will land on.

in addition each section is also coloured Red or Black (this gives another dimension to the betting (players can bet what colour the ball will land on).




The “bet” can be placed in a number of spots on the layout. The return is based on the probability of the ball landing on said spot.

The best return for a single bet is to choose a single number on the layout, otherwise known as a “Straight” or “Single”.

A “Split” is placing a bet on the line between  two adjacent numbers, this results in a return of half the maximum return

A bet on three numbers at once is called a “Street” and that is placed on the outer edge of the layout, which covers three numbers (a row) and subsequently the payout a third of the maximum return.

A “Corner” bet covers four numbers, which is when you place your bet on the  the cross of four numbers, .

“Double Street” is placed to cover six numbers, which is placed on the edge of the layout, in between the two rows.

“Column” bets, are when you place your bet on the columns edge, which covers all twelve numbers horizontally down the board,


Other bets include

“Even” or “Odd”,

“Red” or “Black”,

The first or last 18 numbers,

The first, middle or last dozen numbers.


We spoke about earlier, the return is calculated by the probability of the ball landing on a number.

esentially The higher the risk, the higher the payout:  See the odds table below


Straight 35:1£10£350 + £10 (Bet)
Split17:1£10£170 + £10 (Bet)
Street11:1£10£110 + £10 (Bet)
Corner8:1£10£80 + £10 (Bet)
Double Street
5:1£10£50 + £10 (Bet)
Column/Dozen2:1£10£20 + £10 (Bet)
First 18 / Last 181:1£10£10 + £10 (Bet)
Odd / Even1:1£10£10 + £10 (Bet)
Red / Black 1:1£10£10 + £10 (Bet)


On an American layout, each pay out stays roughly the same, however you have less of a chance to get your number as there is an extra number on the layout.

Roulette Tips

Most people will tell you that roulette is a game of chance and that the casino always wins.
These two statements couldn’t be more contradictory…
How can the casino always win if it’s a game of chance?
The reason that the casino usually wins is all down to the odds.

A strategy that I have adopted is to win little but win often.
You see most people new the game are drawn to the idea of putting on something small like £10 and BOOM walk away with £350.

Now what’s the chance of that happening…

Well as we said earlier 35:1

I personally have no interest in odds that are so heavily weighted towards the casino.
Think about it another way
If the odds are you win once in ever 35 times then 34 of them you are expected to lose.

How do you like those odds now?

How about taking the power back from the casino.
Flip the odds
Instead of placing all your bet on 1 number. Split it across 34 of them leaving 2 blank (3 on American tables because of 0 & 00)

Now the odds are back on your side.
1:34 to be exact.
You are now far more likely to win.
As we said at the beginning we said win small (in this case 1) but if you keep using this system you are statistically in a stronger position.

WARNING this method although great in many aspects is still a gamble. If you lose you lose big.