Basic Rules of Casino Roulette

Roulette is a fairly simple casino game that anyone can understand. Pick a number before the wheel is spun and if the ball lands on your choice it means you have won.

Basic rules include the following.


A roulette wheel is set out with the numbers 1 to 36 in red or black, as well as a zero in green on a European wheel and two zeros on an American wheel. Players can bet by placing chips on any of these numbers on the betting mat. Some of the other bets on a mat include red, black, odd, even, numbers 1-18, numbers 19-36, 1st 12 (1-12), 2nd 12 (13-24), and 3rd 12 (25-36).

Wheel Spin

A roulette wheel sits at the base of a small bowl and the wheel is first set in motion by the dealer, who then rolls the ball around the edge of the bowl in the opposite direction. As the ball slows it drops towards the wheel and will settle on one of the numbers. Bets can be made before the wheel spin although can usually still be made as the ball rolls around the bowl. As it falls towards the wheel though, the dealer will shout no more bets.


Once the ball has settled on a number, the dealer will pay any winning bets and clear the chips from the mat in readiness for the next spin.