‘Rien ne va plus’ is often what you hear in European casinos and in movies. It means literally that you can’t do something any longer and that something is placing bets on the roulette table. It is also a sign that the final moment of the game is almost there. The wheel is turning, the little ball is spinning and will soon be tired and find itself a place to rest in one of the 37 or 38 pockets in the roulette wheel. The ball comes to a standstill and the croupier is calling the number and the color and is then busy to reward the punters with a good correct bet and taking in the money of the people that lost. That’s what every game is about, there are winners and there are losers. And to be one of the winners you better now how the game is played by knowing the roulette rules and in roulette you need luck. You can calculate exactly how much luck there is for the players and how much for the casino. That’s all the statistics you need, for whatever clever guys may ever tell you about fantastic systems to push your luck a little: it’s crap. Roulette is a 100% game of chance with only three elements: the table, the wheel and the ball. The roulette rules are simply, in fact there is only one rule, ‘faites vos jeux’ (place your bets) and wait and see what the outcome will be.
The roulette table may look a bit complicate for the newcomer but in fact it is very easy to understand. Roulette has 36 numbers from 1 to 36 and those numbers you see on the table. You can bet on individual numbers but also on a few main sections of the table. There are 1:1 possibilities and 2:1 possibilities as you can see in the picture. You can bet on red or black, that’s a 1:1 or to even or odd numbers, that’s also 1:1. You can also choose for a third of the numbers, like 1-12 or 25-36 or on a whole line, that are the 2:1 chances. Your chance to win is 1 on 3, that’s clear. Online you see very often a second lay out on the table, an oval, meant for a special number of bets that we call ‘neighbors’. That’s for later on this page with the roulette rules you have to know to play roulette the best you can.
The roulette wheel is the center of the game. The term roulette means little wheel in French and that’s what you see in the game. The roulette rules learn us that the wheel has also the 36 numbers you see on the table, divided in 18 red numbers and 18 black. When you play European Roulette you see also one green pocket in the wheel with the number 0 (zero). When you play American Roulette you will find yourself two green pockets in the wheel, one 0 and one 00 (double zero). When the ball skips cheerfully to a green pocket all the bets are for the casino. With one zero it means that, following the roulette rules, on the average 2,70% of all bets are going to the casino. With two green pockets that will be 5,26%. We will not bother you with the mathematics, you will believe us we think. There is not much to tell about the ball. It is a little one and it is thrown in the opposite direction of that of the wheel itself, according to roulette rules all over the world. That is to maximize the coincidence of the outcome and it works!
When you don’t want to use the outsides of the table to place bets with a 1:1 or 2:1 outcome, you can place your bets on the table in the section with the numbers. There you have a number of possibilities and the roulette rules point them out with nice names.
You can bet Straight up, which means that you bet on one single number. Here you take the highest risk, but also the one with the best outcome: 35 times your bet. We explain the other bets briefly, illuminated with small pictures. Roulette rules has no limit to the number of combinations you want to play.
Split Bet Here you bet on two numbers by placing the chips in the middle. The payout is 18x your bet. Where we said that roulette rules don’t limit the numbers of combinations you make, we mean that you can place bets on 18 different combinations at the same time. Not very smart, for you will lose 17 combinations and win one combination with a pay-out of 18x your bet. So it brings you nowhere, but the other players at the table will be very amused.
Street Bet On the table there are 12 sections with three numbers in a row. You can bet on one or more of these rows by placing your chips at the corner of the leftmost number. The pay-out is 12x your bet.
Corner Bet With four numbers involved and your chips in the middle of the square, with a 9x pay-out.
Sixline Bet The last regular bet with two rows of three numbers. You place your chips at the leftmost of the table in the middle of the two rows. Pay-out is six times and that’s normally enough for the bus back home.
These are the regular bets on the table, according to the roulette rules. But as we told you there is sometimes an oval in the game and online it is almost always there. It is completely in line with the roulette rules, so it is not an online illegal game, as you may think. It’s called the ‘neighbors’ game and that game has also a number of possible bets. Roulette rules are not complete without them, so here they are:
On the oval you see the same numbers as on the table but in the same order of the wheel.
The neighbor combination is just a row of five consecutive numbers with one chip on each number. Only one number can win of course with a pay-out of 35x your bet. All other combinations have one central number and the numbers left and right of this one. The central number gets one fiche and the neighbor numbers are split bets. This seems to be a bit complicated and when you just learn it from our roulette rules it indeed is. But when you play it and ask the croupier sometimes ‘how does it work?’ you will learn fast and make no mistakes.
The neighbors of zero are the seventeen numbers with and between the numbers 22 and 25. Two chips are place on 0,2,3 trio and 7 chips as split bets on the neighboring numbers, of which two on 25/26/28/29. In the Zero game the numbers 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32 and 15 are part of this bet. The numbers are as follows: 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15.It takes four chips, one on a 0/3 split, one on 26 and two on the splits 12-15 and 32-35. Keep in mind that the lay-out of this neighbors game can be different from casino to casino and that other bets and combinations are always possible. Roulette rules are alike all over the world with the exception of the neighbors game.
The thirds of the wheel (French: Le tiers du cylinder) is the series with and between the numbers 27 and 33. It covers twelve numbers, which explains the name. It consists of 6 split bets. It is also called small series.
The ‘orphans’ (French: orphelins) are spread over two sides and have the numbers 17, 34, 6 on one side and 1, 20, 14, 31 and 9 on the other site. The number one gets one chip, the other four chips are spread over the split bets 6/9, 14/17, 17/20 and 31/34.