How to Play Roulette

One of the most popular casinos games for UK players is roulette. It is a very simple game to play and can offer big wins if you can predict where the ball will land. Before we even get into how to play we will give you a big tip - always play on tables with a single zero!

Online and in some casinos you will often find two types of roulette tables. One wheel has a 0 and a 00 and the other just has one zer0. The double zero version is often called American roulette while the singe zero version is often described as European roulette. While one extra slot on the wheel might seem trivial it makes the house edge 5.26% instead of 2.70%.

Now that you know which tables to look for we will discuss how roulette is played. You have quite a lot of betting options when it comes to playing. You can place any one bet or any combination of bets up to the table limit. Each of the bets has a specified pay off. Below are the possible choices and the resulting pay offs if the ball lands on the correct number.

  • Straight Bet - Pays : 35 to 1
  • Split Bet - Pays : 17 to 1
  • Street Bet - Pays : 11 to 1
  • Corner Bet - Pays : 8 to 1
  • Line Bet - Pays : 5 to 1
  • Column Bet - Pays : 2 to 1
  • Dozen Bet - Pays : 2 to 1
  • Red / Black - Pays : 2 to 1
  • Odd / Even - Pays : 2 to 1
  • 1 to 18 / 19 to 36 - Pays : 2 to 1

As you can see there are quite a few choices when it comes to betting. As you would expect the less likely an outcome the higher the payoff. When playing online you simply click on the table to play bets and then press spin to spin the wheel. When playing in a land-based casino the dealer will call "No More Bets" to indicate that the betting round is over.

Some European roulette tables have what is known as the Zero Rule. This is an additional change to the rules that only comes in to play if you are betting on red / black, odd / even or high / low and the ball lands on zero. When this rule is available you you get half of your bet back.

If you are going to be making all of your bets on the ones listed above then it is well worth looking for casinos that offer the zero rule as it lowers the house edge. Online you will find this rule on the VIP European Roulette tables at InterCasino - a Cryptologic powered online casino.

All of the UK Online Casinos listed at feature at least one roulette table. Many of them have more than one and all offer tables with a single zero.