Roulette cheat sheet

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Unlock the secrets to roulette success with our ultimate Cheat Sheet! Whether you're a beginner or seasoned player, our two-part guide offers a step-by-step playbook to mastering the game, from the basics of table layout to advanced betting strategies and etiquette. Elevate your game and bet with confidence as our expert tips help you navigate the thrilling world of roulette, increasing your chances for that big win!

The Basics

Origins and Types

  • Roulette: A casino game named after the French word meaning "little wheel."
  • Betting Options: Players can bet on a single number, number groupings, red or black colors, odd or even numbers, and high (19–36) or low (1–18) numbers.
  • Strategy: While roulette relies on luck, understanding the rules and betting options can lead to more informed decisions.

Roulette Variations

  • American Roulette: Features a wheel with 38 slots, including numbers 1 to 36, a single zero, and a double zero. The house edge is approximately 5.26%.
  • European Roulette: Contains a wheel with 37 slots, including numbers 1 to 36 and a single zero. The house edge is approximately 2.70%.
  • French Roulette: Similar to European roulette with the addition of the "La Partage" and "En Prison" rules. These rules can reduce the house edge on even-money bets to approximately 1.35%.

Common Roulette Terms

  • Straight Up: A bet on a single number.
  • Split Bet: A bet on two adjacent numbers on the table.
  • Street Bet: A bet on three consecutive numbers in a horizontal line.
  • Corner Bet: A bet on four numbers that form a square on the table.
  • Line Bet: A bet on six consecutive numbers that form two horizontal lines.
  • Column Bet: A bet on one of the three vertical columns.
  • Dozen Bet: A bet on 12 numbers (1st, 2nd, or 3rd dozen).
  • Even Money Bets: Bets placed on 18 numbers (Even, Odd, Red, Black, High, Low).
  • Croupier: The roulette dealer.
  • Orphans: A bet on numbers that are not covered by other bets (often 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34).
  • Voisins du Zero: A bet on a specific group of numbers on the section of the roulette wheel closest to zero.
  • Tiers du Cylindre: A bet on a specific group of numbers on a section of the roulette wheel opposite to zero.
  • Neighbors: A bet on five numbers that are next to each other on the wheel.

More roulette terms

Table Layout

  • This is a European Roulette table layout, which includes only a single '0'. The American Roulette table also features a '00'. Roulette Table Layout

American vs. European

General Comparison

Feature American Roulette European Roulette
Number of Zeros Two (0, 00) One (0)
House Edge Approximately 5.26% Approximately 2.7%
Total Numbers 38 37
Number Sequence Different Different
Odds of Hitting Single Number 1 in 38 1 in 37
Common Bets Same as European Same as American

Odds and Payouts

Roulette Bet Roulette Payout European Roulette Odds American Roulette Odds
One Number (Straight Bet) 35:1 2.70% 2.63%
Two Numbers 17:1 5.40% 5.26%
Three Numbers 11:1 8.10% 7.89%
Four Numbers 8:1 10.81% 10.52%
Five Numbers 6:1 - 13.15%
Six Numbers 5:1 16.21% 15.79%
12 Numbers (Column/Dozen) 2:1 32.43% 31.58%
18 Numbers (Red/Black/Odd/Even/High/Low) 1:1 48.65% 47.37%

Quick Playing Guide

  1. Layout: Know the table with numbers 0, 00 (American) or 0 (European), and betting spots.
  2. Buy-In: Exchange money for colored roulette chips.
  3. Bets: Place chips on desired betting area before dealer calls "no more bets".
  4. Betting Options: Choose inside bets (high payout, low odds) or outside bets (low payout, high odds).
  5. The Spin: Dealer spins wheel and ball; wait for it to land in a numbered slot.
  6. Outcome: Win if the ball lands on a number or color you bet on.
  7. Payouts: Wait for dealer to clear losing bets and distribute winnings.
  8. Next Bet: After payouts, place your next bet.
  9. Ending: Tell the dealer when you’re ready to leave the table and "cash out".
  10. Cash Out: Exchange roulette chips for casino chips, then for money at the cashier.

Detailed Guides

American Roulette

American Roulette Wheel

American Roulette Wheel

  • Wheel Layout: The American roulette wheel features a sequence of 38 numbers including 1-36, 0, and 00, and has a house edge of 5.26%.
  • Number Sequence on the Wheel: 0, 28, 9, 26, 30, 11, 7, 20, 32, 17, 5, 22, 34, 15, 3, 24, 36, 13, 1, 00, 27, 10, 25, 29, 12, 8, 19, 31, 18, 6, 21, 33, 16, 4, 23, 35, 14, 2

Inside Bets

Bet Type Payout Odds Explanation House Edge
Straight 35 to 1 2.63% (single number) 5.26%
Split 17 to 1 5.26% (two adjacent numbers) 5.26%
Street 11 to 1 7.89% (three numbers in a row) 5.26%
Corner 8 to 1 10.53% (block of four numbers) 5.26%
Five-number 6 to 1 13.16% (0, 00, 1, 2, 3 specific to American Roulette) 7.89%
Six Line 5 to 1 15.79% (two adjacent streets) 5.26%

Outside Bets

Bet Type Payout Odds Explanation House Edge
Column 2 to 1 31.58% (12 numbers in a column) 5.26%
Dozen 2 to 1 31.58% (group of 12, e.g., 1-12, 13-24, 25-36) 5.26%
Red or Black 1 to 1 47.37% 5.26%
Even or Odd 1 to 1 47.37% 5.26%
Low or High 1 to 1 47.37% (1-18 or 19-36) 5.26%

European Roulette

European Roulette Wheel

European Roulette Wheel

  • Wheel Layout: The European roulette wheel features a sequence of 37 numbers including 1-36 and 0, and has a house edge of 2.7%.
  • Number Sequence on the Wheel: 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25, 17, 34, 6, 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33, 1, 20, 14, 31, 9, 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26

Inside Bets

Bet Type Payout Odds Explanation House Edge
Straight 35 to 1 2.70% (single number) 2.7%
Split 17 to 1 5.41% (two adjacent numbers) 2.7%
Street 11 to 1 8.11% (three numbers in a row) 2.7%
Corner 8 to 1 10.81% (block of four numbers) 2.7%
Six Line 5 to 1 16.22% (two adjacent streets) 2.7%

Outside Bets

Bet Type Payout Odds Explanation House Edge
Column 2 to 1 32.43% (12 numbers in a column) 2.7%
Dozen 2 to 1 32.43% (group of 12, e.g., 1-12, 13-24, 25-36) 2.7%
Red or Black 1 to 1 48.65% 2.7%
Even or Odd 1 to 1 48.65% 2.7%
Low or High 1 to 1 48.65% (1-18 or 19-36) 2.7%

Special Rules in European Roulette

  • La Partage: Players receive half of their bet back on even money bets if the ball lands on 0.
  • En Prison: If the ball lands on 0, the player's even money bet is "imprisoned" and the fate of the bet is decided on the next spin.

Roulette Guides

Playing Guide

Step 1: Understanding the Layout

  • Familiarize yourself with the roulette table layout. The table features a betting area and the roulette wheel. The betting area has numbers from 1 to 36, 0, and possibly 00, depending on whether it’s American (0, 00) or European Roulette (just 0).

Step 2: Buy-In

  • Exchange your money for roulette chips. Unlike other casino chips, roulette chips have no denomination printed on them and the value of your chips is technically called the "check rate". Each player gets a different color to avoid mix-ups.

Step 3: Place Your Bets

  • Before the dealer spins the wheel, place your chips on the betting area corresponding to the bet you want to make. You can make multiple bets. Remember, once the dealer calls "no more bets", you cannot place or change your bets.

Step 4: Understand Betting Options

  • Decide if you want to go for inside bets (specific numbers) which have higher payouts but less likelihood of winning, or outside bets (larger groupings of numbers, colors, odd or even) which offer lower payouts but higher chances of winning.

Step 5: The Spin

  • The dealer spins the roulette wheel in one direction and the ball in the opposite direction. The ball eventually falls into one of the numbered pockets on the wheel.

Step 6: Winning and Losing

  • If the ball lands on a number or color that corresponds to your bet, you win. The dealer will place a marker on your winning number on the roulette table, clear out all the losing bets and pay out the winnings.

Step 7: Collect Your Winnings

  • If you win, wait for the dealer to place a marker on your winning number on the roulette table layout and remove the losing bets. The dealer will then pay out all the winning bets.

Step 8: Next Round

  • After payouts are complete, the dealer will remove the marker. You can then collect your winnings and place your next bet.

Step 9: Ending Your Game

  • When you are finished playing, let the dealer know you want to "cash out". He will take your roulette chips and give you regular casino chips in return.

Step 10: Cashing Out

  • Take your casino chips to the cashier to exchange them for real money.

Etiquette Guide

Before You Play

  • Understand the Rules: Familiarize yourself with the basic rules of roulette before joining a table.
  • Observe: Take a moment to watch the game at a table before participating.
  • Chip Purchase: Buy special roulette chips when you join a table; do not use regular casino chips unless the rules allow.

At the Table

  • Joining: Ask the dealer if you can join the game, especially if it’s busy.
  • Chip Color: Each player uses a different color chip. Declare your chosen color if not automatically assigned.

Placing Bets

  • Timing: Place your bets only after the dealer has cleared the table of previous winnings and losses and before they call "no more bets".
  • Bet Placement: Place your chips clearly and confidently within the betting area to avoid confusion.
  • Respect Others: Do not throw chips on the table, as it can displace other players’ bets.

During the Game

  • No Touching: Once the dealer calls "no more bets," do not touch the table or try to change your bets.
  • Wait for the Outcome: Stand back and wait for the ball to settle.
  • Dealer’s Signals: Pay attention to the dealer's announcements and signals.

Winning and Losing

  • Payouts: Wait patiently for the dealer to distribute the winnings.
  • Collecting Winnings: Only collect your winnings after the dealer has removed the marker from the winning number.
  • Don’t Rush: Give the dealer time to remove losing bets and pay out winners before placing new bets.

Leaving the Table

  • Cashing Out: When you're ready to leave, wait for a natural break in play to cash out.
  • Chip Exchange: Ask the dealer to exchange your roulette chips for standard casino chips.

General Etiquette

  • Courtesy: Be polite to the dealer and other players.
  • No Drinks on the Table: Keep your beverages off the table to prevent spills.
  • No Phones: Refrain from using phones at the table to keep the game moving.
  • Tipping: Consider tipping the dealer if you have a good session.

Strategy Guide

Understanding Roulette

  • Odds and Payouts: Know the odds of the bets you are making and the corresponding payouts.
  • European vs American Roulette: Prefer European Roulette if available, as it has a single zero and better odds.

Betting Systems

  • Martingale: Double your bet after every loss, so that the first win would recover all previous losses plus win a profit equal to the original bet.
  • Reverse Martingale: Increase your bets when you win and decrease your bets when you lose.
  • D’Alembert: Increase your bet by one unit after a loss and decrease it by one unit after a win.
  • Fibonacci: Bet by adding the last two bets together. After a win, go back two numbers in the sequence.

Game Strategies

  • Outside Bets: Stick to outside bets (Red/Black, Even/Odd, High/Low) for better chances of winning, though with smaller payouts.
  • Inside Bets: If you prefer bigger payouts and are willing to take more risk, consider inside bets (Straight, Split, Street, etc.).
  • Conservative Play: Make small bets on outside bets to extend your game play.
  • Aggressive Play: Place larger bets on inside bets for the possibility of large payouts.

Money Management

  • Set a Budget: Always set a budget and stick to it.
  • Profit Goal: Have a clear profit goal and stop playing once you reach it.
  • Loss Limit: Set a loss limit to prevent any emotional betting or chasing losses.

Playing the Game

  • Short Sessions: Keep sessions short to avoid the long-term statistical disadvantage.
  • Enjoy the Game: Remember that roulette is a game meant to be fun.

Myths and Truths

  • Winning Numbers: No number is due to come up. Each spin is independent.
  • Lucky Numbers: While fun, lucky numbers have the same chance as any other number.


  • No Guarantees: Understand that no strategy can guarantee wins in roulette.
  • RNG: Online roulette games use Random Number Generators; strategies based on physical wheel and ball might not apply.