How To Play Roulette

Object of the Game

The object of roulette is to have the ball that is spinning around the roulette wheel stop on your number(s). If this happens you are a winner and you’re paid out according to the odds minus a slight house edge.

How to Play Roulette

Play begins by you making a wager on the roulette table. There are all kinds of wagers to choose from including a single number wager that pays 35 to 1, red or black that pays 2 to 1 or you can bet on sections of the table such as the first row, or the first column. The dealer then tosses the ball around the outside of the spinning wheel and you wait to see what number and colour the ball stops on. You can continue to bet when the ball is spinning, but once the dealer waves his hand over the table betting must stop. Once the ball comes to a standstill the dealer will announce the number and payout the winning bets.

Roulette Payouts

A single number bet pays 35:1
A two number bet pays 17:1

A three number bet pays 11:1
A four number bet pays 8:1
A six number bet pays 5:1
A bet on a column or a section of 12 numbers pays 2:1
All 18 number bets including red/black or odd/even pay 1:1


Let’s say you walked up to a roulette wheel and made a $100 wager on the number 9 and a $100 wager on black. The dealer spins the wheel and the ball lands on black 33. In this case you will have lost the $100 wager on number 9, but you would win the $100 wager on black, for which you would receive another $100. Therefore, in this case you would break even.

Roulette Strategy

When it comes to playing roulette there is really no basic roulette strategy. Some people like to think they can beat roulette using the “double-up” betting system or the Martingale roulette system, but in reality, over time this system will lose just the same as any other. The best thing you can do to improve your odds of winning in roulette is by playing at a European style roulette table that uses only one zero, instead of an American style wheel that uses two. On a double zero table the house edge is 5.26%, compared to a house edge of only 2.7% on a single zero table.