Beginner’s guide to learn how to play roulette

Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world and makes up one of the ‘Big Four’ alongside blackjack, poker, and slots. A game that was invented in 18th century France, roulette has adapted to the times and continues to endure hundreds of years later.

So, to understand more about roulette, below is a complete guide to the game, including rules, popular beginner strategies, and how to maximize your chances of winning.

What is roulette?

Roulette is a casino game that sees players place bets on a variety of numbered or colored variables on a spinning wheel. As the wheel consistently spins in one direction, the dealer spins a ball around the perimeter in the opposite direction. After a few moments, the ball eventually lands on one of the numbers. If your bet covers the number the ball lands on, you win.

A roulette table is numbered 1 to 36 and includes a single 0 in European Roulette and a double 0 in American Roulette. All the numbers are evenly divided into red and black – except for the zeros, which are typically green.

How to bet on roulette

There are many betting options when playing roulette and these are split into two categories: outside bets and inside bets.

Outside bets pertain to the betting options that are found outside the roulette table, while inside bets mean bets that are placed on betting options inside the roulette table – or in other words, bets on numbers and number variations.

Outside bets comprise Red or Black; Low (1-18) or High (19-36); Even or Odd numbers; Dozen Bets, which involves betting on one of the three blocks comprising 12 numbers (1-12, 13-24, 25-36); Column Bets, where players bet on four grouped vertical numbers; and Row Bets, which allows bets to cover one or more of the three rows.

Inside Bets include single bets (betting on one number); split bets (involving two numbers); a street bet (three numbers in a horizontal line); square bet (four numbers grouped together in a square or corner); and six line (six consecutive numbers across two horizontal lines, also known as Double Street).

There are also three popular inside betting options involving zero: trio, which is a bet covering 0-1-2 or 0-2-3, while American Roulette offers the option of 00-2-3; First Four (0-2-3 which is only available on European Roulette); and basket (0-00-1-2-3 – American Roulette only).

While many roulette players often focus their strategies on either Outside or Inside bets, there is the option of combining both. This can increase your winnings, but also increase losses.

Popular roulette strategies

Straight off the bat, it is important to understand that there is no foolproof strategy to consistently win at roulette in the long-term. Otherwise everyone would have mastered the game and be multimillionaires! Any ‘expert’ that tries to claim they have the magic keys to unlocking roulette are simply not being truthful.

However, the best way to play roulette involves some basic strategies that can certainly help and at the very least, minimize major losses. While there is no fixed strategy to win, without any strategy, your chances of consistent losses are much higher. If you want to learn more about roulette strategy check out this useful guide on

The Martingale System: Perhaps the most famous roulette strategy and one that is easy to understand and replicate. It involves placing a first bet and if you lose that bet, you double the stake for the second bet. If you keep losing, you keep doubling the previous stake. If you win, then you pocket the winnings and bet again with the original stake. The Martingale System can require patience and a big budget as losing streaks can occur.

Avoid Zero: After playing a strategy that tilts the odds in your favour, it can feel like a gut punch when the ball lands on zero. However, for beginners it is encouraged to avoid zero altogether, even if it comes back to haunt you every now and then.

Three Column Betting: This strategy focuses on group betting of either small (1-12), middle (13-24) or large numbers (25-36), or on the three horizontal rows starting with 1, 2, or 3. By selecting one of the three groups, your odds of winning are 31.58 percent. Therefore, by selecting two columns, or groups, your odds go up to 63.2 percent, which is a common strategy, particularly for beginners.

Bond Strategy: A more advanced option, the Bond strategy involves spreading your bet over 31 of the 37 numbers to give yourself an 83.7 percent chance of winning. Do this by placing 55% of your stake on high (or low), 40% on the first third (or last third) and the remaining 5% on zero as insurance. The risks are low but so are the rewards.

Whichever strategies you choose to adopt, remember that roulette is meant to be a fun game. Therefore, always only bet with what you can afford to lose and set yourself clear limits, both in terms of losses and winnings.