AskLindaTableGamesSarah from Las Vegas writes, “I’ve seen Roulette being played several times, but I’m always a little intimidated to walk up to the table and try my luck. Can you explain some of the basics?” Roulette is actually very simple to play and a ton of fun! The object of Roulette is to pick the winning number that will appear on the Roulette wheel. You can also bet combinations of numbers or choose the color or whether it is odd or even. You can bet on the “inside” of the layout, which is where all of the numbers are, on the “outside” which contains red/black, odd/even, high/low and different groups of numbers.When you first approach the game, place your buy in on the table and the Dealer will make change and give you a designated color chip to play with. If you have a favorite color—don’t be shy! Just tell the Dealer which color you would like to play.

Once you have your Roulette chips, place them on the layout in valid betting areas to make a wager. You can put your chip right on top of a number if you’d like. That’s called a “straight up” bet, and if that number hits on the next spin, it will pay you 35 to 1! You can also place your chip between two numbers, say, between the five and six. If either the five or six is spun next, you will win 17 to 1. This is called a “split bet”.

There are several other bets on Roulette that cover larger groups of numbers and the Dealer on the game will gladly take the time to explain them to you. Here’s a list of them so you know.

Inside Bets:
Straight Up (1 number): 35 to 1
Split Bet (2 numbers): 17 to 1
Street Bet (3 numbers): 11 to 1
Corner Bet (4 numbers): 8 to 1
Basket Bet (5 numbers): 6 to 1
Double Street Bet (6 numbers):  5 to 1

Outside Bets:
Red or Black, Odd or Even, High or Low (18 numbers):
Even Money
Dozens Bet/Columns Bet
(12 numbers): 2 to 1

Remember, even though the game may look complicated - it's really very easy.  Good luck!