Roulette Rules

Roulette has been played in one form or another for centuries. The iconic wheel is thought to have once contained as few as 31 numbers, though it now typically has either 37 (in Europe) or 38 (in the United States), meaning the odds of success vary slightly depending on which variant you are playing. The game’s evolution has seen it become a staple of modern casinos the world over.

Overview

The wheel in European Roulette contains 37 pockets, numbered zero to 36. This means players are offered better odds than at other roulette tables, such as American, that have more pockets.

The two main sections of the table on which wagers are placed are the ‘inside section’ and ‘outside section’. Each contains many different ways to bet.

The inside section offers bets on individual numbers that are close to one another on the table layout, or groups of up to six numbers.

The outside section contains pairs of bets for red or black, high or low and odd or even (each covering 18 numbers). You can also make six different 12-number bets (three each of wagers known as ‘Column’ and ‘Dozen’ bets).

In addition, there are groups of bets that comprise seven to 17 numbers, located on different segments of the wheel. These wagers can be placed with one easy click on the ‘racetrack’, the part of the roulette table layout that resembles the actual wheel and the order in which the numbers are displayed, rather than the numerical order of the main betting layout.

Game Play and Game Rules

Upon joining the table, each player is required to select a chip color to use for the duration of their session. You can then easily select the value of chips to be used when placing your bets, and vary the number placed at one time on a given bet area.

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

Using inside or outside bets, you can wager on any number, or combination of numbers. Remember that each outside bet must be at least the amount of the table minimum; the same rule applies to the total wagered on inside bets. Remember too that each is independent of the other when it comes to the table minimum.

For winning bets, the original wager is returned to your account, plus the payout you receive based on the amount staked and the odds information listed below. Losing bets will be lost.

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

The software automatically recognizes that inside bets are cumulative, and so bets can be placed within the inside section of the table until the minimum is reached. If it's not reached, bets under the minimum will be removed when the wheel is spun (after the betting timer expires).

When playing on a Multi-Player table, all bets will be eligible to win or lose once the betting timer expires. On Single Player tables, bets will not be considered active until the action is confirmed and the Spin button has been clicked.

Inside Bet Payouts – Roulette
Bet NameNumbers CoveredPayout 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 – Roulette
Bet NameNumbers CoveredPayout 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

Split and Racetrack Bets

In addition to the Inside and Outside sections, bets can also be placed on the racetrack area of the table. This section of the roulette table layout represents the actual order that the numbers appear on the wheel itself. Click on one of the numbers to place chips there, plus the two adjacent numbers (known as ‘neighbors’) to either side of that number.

The racetrack can be used to place four other special bets, each of which automatically places multiple chips on the layout, as shown in the following table.

Bet NameChip CostNumbers CoveredDistribution
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 en Plein Eight chips 8 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34
Zero
Four chips 7 0/3, 12/15, 26, 32/35

Adjacent two-number bets (splits) of the same color on the main layout (i.e. red or black) can be wagered upon in one action using the controls for split bets found 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

Following a similar convention to most modern casinos around the world, bet limits at roulette tables vary, depending on whether they cover inside or outside bets.

The outside maximum bet displayed at each table shows the largest amount that can be placed on each (or all) outside bet positions. There is no cumulative maximum.

A table’s inside maximum bet refers to the amount permitted to be placed on each individual number (or straight-up) bet.

All other types of inside bet (for example split, line, street, etc.) have their own maximum bet amount, relative to the table’s straight-up maximum. The chart below displays the relationship between positional bet maximums, followed by an example using real numbers.

NameNumbers CoveredMaximum Bet
Straight Up 1 $25
Split 2 $50
Street 3 $75
Corner 4 $100
Line 6 $150

For example, at a table with a $25 maximum straight-up bet limit, it is possible to place as many as 40 chips on or around a number located in the middle column of the layout, 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.

In this example, hitting 17 would payout a maximum of 392 chips ($9,800 @ $25 per chip), plus your original 40 chip wager ($1,000).

House Edge

Roulette games have a house edge (calculated as the difference between the true odds and the payout odds) of 2.70%.

Multi-Player Tables

PokerStars Casino Multi-Player tables offer you and your friends the chance to play together and enjoy the thrill of social gaming. Just like in real life casinos, Multi-Player tables turn online gaming into a fun interactive experience.

You can also play Live Roulette against real dealers in our Live Casino. Please note that Live Roulette has its own rules - see here for more.

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