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Online Roulette Games from Full Tilt

Roulette is a casino classic, named after the French word for “little wheel” – and indeed, the wheel is the heart and soul of the game.

Online Roulette is simple to play: just place your bets and watch the wheel. Once bets are placed, the croupier releases a ball into the wheel, which spins in the opposite direction. Once it runs out of speed, the ball lands into one of the numbered pockets. Whichever number the ball lands on is the winner, so let’s hope Lady Luck is on your side.

There are a number of bets you can make or combine in roulette, each offering its own payout from even money all the way up to 35:1.

The image of a whirling red and black roulette wheel raised above green felt has always been synonymous with casino games. A game offering excitement, big wins and a lot of fun, roulette is enjoyed by players in live and online casinos each day.

Read on for more about the different bets available in roulette, how to navigate the table like a pro and how you can get started playing online roulette at Full Tilt.

How to Play Roulette

There are a variety of bets you can make – for example, if the ball lands on the number 19, players who bet 19 will win, as well as those who bet on the winning number being odd, red or high.

Zero in Roulette

The house edge lies in the zero on the roulette wheel, which is not red or black nor odd or even. When the ball lands on zero, only bets on zero (or split between zero and another number) are winning bets; all other bets are lost.

The original, European-style roulette wheel (also known as French roulette) has a single zero. The American roulette wheel has both a zero and a double zero, both of which have the same effect described above.

Navigating the Roulette Table

A roulette table consists of the iconic wheel from which it derives its name, as well as a grid of three columns and twelve rows of numbers, headed by the zero (and double zero in American roulette). There are also areas to bet on broader outcomes, such as odd/even and red/black, and typically a “racetrack” which displays the numbers in the order that they appear on the wheel.

Types of Roulette Bets

Outside bets are bets placed on the outside of the table, and are wagers on large groups of numbers or colors. These bets pay out at either 1:1 or 2:1 depending on which bet you make:

  • Manque ou Passe: the age-old question: higher or lower? Manque covers 1 to 18, while Passe is 19 to 36.
  • Rouge ou Noir: the classic roulette decision – red or black?
  • Pair ou Impair: another classic coinflip: odd numbers or even? Remember that neither option includes zero.
  • Dozens: there are three dozen non-zero numbers to bet on, and this option groups them all together. Bet on 1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36.
  • Columns: mix it up by betting on columns instead of dozens. These are bets that can be made on each of the three columns of non-zero numbers.

Inside bets, named because they are made on the numbers in the centre of the table, offer longer odds (up to 35:1) and bigger payouts when you are lucky enough to hit them. You can make several types of bets on the inside:

  • Single: pick your lucky number. This is a bet on one of the 37 numbers of your choosing, from 0 to 36.
  • Split: can’t decide? Split your bet between two adjacent numbers by placing a chip on the vertical or horizontal border between them.
  • Street: three is a magic number, so this bet gives you the option of betting on any single horizontal row of three numbers.
  • Corner: any one of four bordering numbers can be a winner if you bet on the intersection of horizontal and vertical lines between numbers.
  • Six Line: also known as a double street, this bet is placed between two horizontal rows of three and covers two street bets.
  • Trio: available only on single-zero tables, this bet is placed on the edge of the zero section and includes zero and two of the three bordering numbers from 1 to 3.
  • Basket: available only on double-zero tables, this bet is placed similarly to a trio. It includes one or both zeros and adjacent numbers for a total of three numbers covered.
  • Top Line: available only on double-zero tables, this bet covers both zeros and numbers 1 through 3 by placing a chip on the corner of 0 and 1 or 00 and 3.

If you’re changeable and indecisive, it’s hard to pick your own lucky number. Many roulette variants offer the option of preset bets that cover a number of single bets and splits across the table; these bets are traditional roulette wagers at casinos the world over.

  • Voisins du zéro: this bet on the “neighbors of zero” consists of eight numbers to either side of zero on the wheel, as well as zero itself. This bet is a wager of nine chips and covers one trio, five splits and one corner.
  • Jeu zéro: meaning “zero game”, this bet is similar to the above but bets across the numbers 12, 35, 3, 26, 32, 15 and zero. This is a four-chip bet on three splits and one single.
  • Le tiers du cylindre: one of the most popular bets in British casinos, the “third of the wheel” covers a dozen numbers on the opposite side to zero, from 27 through 33. This bet uses six chips across six different splits.
  • Orphelins: all the numbers not included within the tiers and voisins make up the orphans. This bet covers eight numbers and uses five chips on four splits and one single. This is a five-chip bet on four splits and one single.

Bet Payouts in Roulette

Bet Name

Bet Covers

Bet Pays

Single

Any single number from 0 to 36

35:1

Split

Any two adjacent numbers

17:1

Street

Any row of three horizontal numbers

11:1

Corner

Any four adjacent numbers in a square

8:1

Six Line

Two adjacent rows of three horizontal numbers

5:1

Dozens

Any number 1 through 12, 13 through 24 or 25 through 36

2:1

Columns

The 12 numbers in one of three columns on the table

2:1

Manque ou Passe

Any number 1 through 18 or 19 through 36

1:1

Rouge ou Noir

Any red number or any black number

1:1

Pair ou Impair

Any odd number or any even number, excluding zero

1:1

History of Roulette

Roulette has been enjoyed by casino players as early as the 1600s and was developed from an experiment conducted by the renowned mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal.

The modern form of the game has existed since the late 18th century, originating in Paris and spreading to casinos and gambling halls across the globe. The original game had two zeros, but French migrants in Germany introduced a single zero table to offer players better odds and compete with their rivals.

Nowadays, roulette tables containing both a zero and double zero are known as American games, while European games have a single zero. The original double zero game moved up the Mississippi from the French city of New Orleans and proved popular throughout North America.

The roulette wheel has spun a long way from 18th century Paris to your screen – enjoy the roulette experience online at Full Tilt today.

Roulette Rules

General Overview

In European Roulette, the wheel contains 37 pockets, numbered zero to 36, meaning you are offered better odds than at roulette tables with more pockets, such as in American roulette.

There are two main sections of the table on which to bet, the "inside section" and "outside section", each of which contains many different types of wagers.

The inside section allows you to wager on individual numbers, or groups of up to six numbers, that are in close proximity to one another according to the numerical order of the table layout.

The outside section contains matching pairs of bets for high or low, odd or even and red or black (18 numbers each). It also allows you to make six different 12-number bets (three each that are called "Column" and "Dozen" bets).

Additionally, there are extra groups of bets that are comprised of seven to 17 numbers. Located on different segments of the wheel, you can wager on these with one easy click on the "racetrack", the part of the roulette table that is representative of the actual wheel, and the order in which the numbers are displayed, instead of the numerical order of the main betting layout.

Game Play and Game Rules

Upon joining the table, you'll be asked to select a chip color to use for the session. Our gaming software allows you to easily select the value of chips to be used when placing bets and to vary the number placed at one time on a given bet area.

To the novice player, roulette betting can appear quite confusing, with all manner of wagers being placed by different people in different ways. Actually, the rules on how to bet are simple, and are summed up by the following:

You can wager on any number, or combination of numbers, using inside or outside bets. It's important to remember that each outside bet must be at least the amount of the table minimum, with the same rule applying to the total wagered on inside bets also. Remember too that each is independent of the other with respect to reaching the table minimum.

If you win your bet, your original wager will be returned to your account, in addition to the payout you receive based on bet placed and the table odds (listed below). If you lose your bet, your original wager will be lost.

Our gaming software automatically keeps track of the amounts wagered and will not allow bets to be placed if under the table minimum. Instead, your first click on that betting area will place the minimum bet if your selected denomination is lower than the minimum allowed.

The gaming software recognizes that inside bets are cumulative, allowing you to continue placing bets within the inside section of the table until the minimum is reached. If it's not reached, all bets under the minimum are removed when the wheel is spun (after the betting timer runs out).

If you're playing at one of our Multi-Player tables, all bets will be eligible to win or lose at the expiry of the timer. On Single Player tables, your bets are not active until you have confirmed the action and clicked on the Spin button.

Inside Bet Payouts – European Roulette

Bet Name

Numbers Covered

Payout Odds

Straight Up

1

35 to 1

Split

2

17 to 1

Street

3

11 to 1

Corner

4

8 to 1

Line

6

5 to 1

Outside Bet Payouts – European Roulette

Bet Name

Numbers Covered

Payout Odds

Red

18

1 to 1

Black

18

1 to 1

Odd

18

1 to 1

Even

18

1 to 1

Low (1-18)

18

1 to 1

High (19-36)

18

1 to 1

1st, 2nd or 3rd dozen

12

2 to 1

1st, 2nd or 3rd column

12

2 to 1

Racetrack and Split Bets

There are other ways to bet, including the use of the racetrack area of the table. This is the part of the roulette table that represents the wheel in the actual order that the numbers appear. You can click on one of the numbers and chips will be placed there, plus two "neighbors" (adjacent numbers) on either side of that number.

You can use the racetrack to place four other special bets, each of which will automatically place multiple chips on the layout on your behalf, as shown in the following table.

Bet Name

Chip Cost

Numbers Covered

Distribution

Voisins du Zero

Nine chips

17

0/2/3 (two chips), 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, 25/26/28/29 (two chips), 32/35

Tiers du Cylindre

Six chips

12

5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, 33/36

Orphelins Plein

Eight chips

8

1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34

Zero Game

Four chips

7

0/3, 12/15, 26, 32/35

Adjacent two-number bets (splits) on the main layout that are of the same color (i.e. red or black) can all receive bets in one operation by using the controls for split bets located near the racetrack area of the table.

Red Splits (four wagers)

Black Splits (seven wagers)

9/12

8/11

16/19

10/11

18/21

10/13

27/30

17/20


26/29


28/29


28/31

Bet Limits

Bet limits at European roulette tables follow a similar convention to most brick-and-mortar casinos around the world. Inside and outside bets often have different minimums and maximums.

The outside maximum bet displayed at the table indicates the biggest amount that can be placed on each (or all) outside bet positions, and there is no cumulative maximum.

The inside maximum bet displayed at the table refers to the amount allowed to be placed on each single number (or straight-up) bet.

Every other type of inside bet position (split, line, street, etc.) has its own maximum bet amount that is relative to the stated straight-up maximum. The charts below show the relationship between positional bet maximums, as well as an example using real numbers.

Name

Numbers Covered

Maximum Bet

Straight Up

1

$25

Split

2

$50

Street

3

$75

Corner

4

$100

Six-Line

6

$150

For example, given a $25 maximum straight-up bet, you could conceivably place as many as 40 chips on or around a number in the middle column, such as 17 (one straight up (1), four splits (8), one street (3), four corners (16), and two six-line (12) bets), for a total of $1,000.

The payout for this bet would be 392 chips ($9,800 @ $25 per chip), plus the return of your original 40 chip wager (or $1,000).

House Edge

House edge (the difference between the true odds and the payouts) in a European Roulette game is 2.70%.

Multi-Player Tables

Central to the roulette games offered are our Multi-Player tables, which allow you and your friends to enjoy the thrill of social gaming. Multi-Player tables turn online gaming into an interactive experience, just like it would be in a bricks-and-mortar casino.