How To Bet in Roulette ?

When you walk into a casino for the first time, it can be an intimidating experience.  Even roulette which is one of the easiest games to play in any casino can look incredibly confusing.     In reality though it’s quite simple and the quick summary of the important bets are below.  Just spend a few minutes here and watching and you’ll learn how to bet in roulette in no time.

Starting in Roulette

It should be said though, although playing roulette in a casino is way more exciting than using the internet – it’s probably easier to practice online first.  Even if you just use the free play or practice areas, you can soon pick up the rules and etiquette.  Most of the practice games in the reputable casinos are pretty much identical to the paid games.  So you can switch to real cash whenever you feel comfortable, although it should not be pressurized.

Unfortunately finding a casino which will accept players from particular locations can also be somewhat of a challenge.  Here at Play Roulette Online we have developed a simple script which looks up your location from your IP address and then directs you to a casino that will work for you.  Remember we only put in decent casinos here so apologies if your location is not covered yet.

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How To Bet in Roulette

How to Bet in Roulette

Most casinos are very helpful to new players, of course they’d be mad not to ! However when choosing a table for the first time, it’s generally safer to stay away from the higher stakes ones until you know what you’re doing. The croupiers will be fine, but the action will generally be quicker and the game slightly more intense if people are placing larger stakes.

There’s no need to worry about getting your chips just place down some cash on the table and the croupier will exchange them for you. Just wait for the croupier to signal to place your bets and then you can pick a number ! Or a column, color, section or type.

Although when you see someone throwing hundreds of chips on a roulette table, it can look a bit daunting. It’s actually not that difficult, here’s some of the main number bets you can make in roulette –

  • Single Number – Quite simply placing your chip on a single number, e.g 1, 5 0 or 4 etc.

Number (Split)

    – Putting your chip on a line adjoining two numbers, you are betting on either of those numbers  coming up


    – Betting on three adjoining numbers – to place this bet put your chips on the left line of the first number of the series.  For 16,17 and 18 you’d place your chip on the left line of the box around the number 16

Number (Corner)

    – A bet on four numbers whose position on the table make a square.   To make this bet you put your chips on the line in the centre of the square.


    – This is a bet on six numbers, made up of two rows of three.  Here you place your chips on the line to the left of the first number in the series and between the two rows.

Number (Dozen)

    – You have actually got some alternative to making this bet depending on which 12 numbers you want. You can either bet on the first, second or third twelve which has it’s own section. So the first group includes the numbers 1,2,3 -12, the next 13-24 and so on. Remember though none of these groups include the zero

Number (Column)

    – There are also three distinct column bets, to place on these numbers you simply put your chips on the first column (e.g. 1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31 or 34), or the 2nd, 3rd column. The bet is placed using the square at the bottom of each column)

These bets are classified as either ‘inside bets’ or ‘outside bets’ depending on which section they are in on the roulette table. I’ll put all the odds up in my next post on roulette betting. But remember if you play online roulette, then all the decent casinos have free games where you can test these for yourself without risking any money.

One word of warning though, if you seem to be exceptionally ‘lucky’ on any roulette free game, be very cautious about using their real money game they maybe manipulating the odds deliberately. Personally I’d never trust any roulette game that did this.


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