The standard roulette wheel has the numbers 1 through 36 in a nonconsecutive order on alternating red and black tiles. There is also a zero and sometimes a double zero, which are typically on green squares.
There are two different betting areas for the wheel. The inner betting area is used to select a particular number or a very small range of numbers, while the outer area is used to choose red or black, odds or evens, or a wider range of possible numbers.
There are typically separate minimum bets for the inner and outer betting area depending on the table. The minimum for the inside bets can be spread out over a variety of numbers, while the outside bet minimum must be met on one placement.
Upon sitting down at the roulette table, you will be required to trade some of your chips for specific roulette chips. These chips are a different color for each player in order to avoid confusion at the table. Before each spin there is a set amount of time in which you can place your bets, by setting your chips on the betting area that indicates the wager you want to make.
After the spin, you have until the ball slows and the dealer calls no more bets to place any last minute wagers.
Once the ball lands, the dealer will place a marker on the winning number. Once all payouts have been made, this marker will be removed, indicating that wagering can begin again for the next round.
When placing an inside bet, placing your chips on one number is considered a straight-up bet. It is the most difficult to win and pays 35 to 1. If you place your chips on the line between two numbers, this is considered a split bet.
You win the wager if either of the two numbers comes up, and it pays 17 to 1. Place your chips on the line between the inside and outside to indicate a row of three numbers to make a street or line bet, at 11 to 1.
You can indicate a quad or corner bet by placing your chips on the corner between four numbers. If any of those numbers come up, it pays 8 to 1. A double street bet features six numbers and has a payout of 5 to 1.
When placing an outside bet, placing on either red or black will give you even odds, meaning a win with a bet of $5 will return $10 if you win.
You can also place an odd or even bet for the same odds. Placing your chips on one of the boxes labeled either 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36 is considered a dozens bet, which pays 2 to 1.
Placing your wager in the boxes below the twelve number columns will also pay 2 to 1 and includes 12 non-consecutive numbers. Keep in mind a roll of zero or double zero indicates a loss for everyone at the table and a win for the house.
If you win any of your wagers, the dealer may give the winnings to you or place them beside your original bet on the board. The original wager will almost always be left on the board.
It is your choice whether to move them to a new location, remove them from the board, or let them ride in the same location, but if you aren’t paying attention to the gameplay, it is easy to make another wager without realizing it.
If you cannot reach the board with your chips in time, you may attempt to place a call bet by telling the dealer the wager you want to make. If the dealer and the inspector dealer repeats your wager, it is considered placed. If not, the dealer will say “no bet”. Call bets are completely at the discretion of the dealer, and arguing with the dealer in any matter is strongly frowned upon.
If you have any questions, you may ask the dealer, but it is best to have at least a working idea of how the game is played before going in.
Keep in mind that larger payouts are based on harder odds when you are placing your bets. If you want to simply watch for a few spins of the wheel to get a feel for the game you may, but non-players are seldom allowed to have a seat at the table.