Complete Guide to Playing Online Roulette

Online Roulette has made a name for itself in the online casino industry, becoming one of the most popular games offered. This is due to the games variety, whether it be found in the situations or betting schemes. Roulette offers a betting scheme that allows players to make both high-risk and low risk bets in the same hand, something that other games do not offer.

Two types

Online casinos usually offer two types of online roulette, American and European. These versions can be found with both live dealers and computer generated dealers. Live Dealers offer true game-play, with shuffle and all, while the computer generated dealers utilize RNG (random number generator) to produce card numbers.

Historical Background

Roulette is believed to have originated in 18th century France. During this time, the people of France played the game using a roulette board with double zero, something that has stuck in American style roulette.

The double zero was taken out of European casinos in 1843 to compete with other casinos. The single zero method lowers the house edge by a whole 2.5 percent. To this day, European style still utilizes only a single zero.

Roulette eventually spread to America, where the game truly began to flourish. The American’s, however, did not like the odds that the game gave the players. To combat this, they returned to the double-zero format that gave the house a better edge, making it more likely for your bets to be liquidated. In addition, they added an eagle that acted just like the other zeros.

Once the 19th century came around, the game started to gain popularity at an exponential rate. This is when casinos began adopting the game, ultimately making it so you could find a game at every street corner. The game is growing like this once again, but online.

How it is played

Roulette’s popularity can be attributed to how easy the game is to play. In its true form, the game consists of a roulette table with a layout (where bets are placed) and a roulette wheel with a ball.

The roulette wheel consists of pockets labeled with numbers 0-36 (with an extra 00 in American versions), in which a ball spins around and eventually lands in a pocket. Depending on the number, they are colored black or red. Red pockets are the odd numbers between 1 and 10, and the odd numbers between 19 and 28. Red pockets also consist of the even numbers between 11 and 18, along with even numbers between 29 and 36. As you can imagine, black pockets are the numbers not mentioned. Zeroes, on the other hand, are colored green.

When the ball lands in the zero slot, all players lose their current bets and the house wins. In American Roulette, there is another zero called double zero. This acts the same as the single zero, causing a house win.


Now that you understand the roulette wheel, you must understand the roulette table where you will place your bets. The table consists of two parts, the inside and outside.

Betting is correspondent to the inside and outside positions. When placing an inside bet you are given more options. That’s because you can spread out your chips to specific numbers on the inside of the board.

Outside bets require the player to put all of their bets on a single position. These bets are much more broad in positions (ranges of numbers, colors, or odd/even), so it makes sense you can only bet on one position.

Standard roulette tables feature both and inside and outside betting lane.

Outside betting

Overall, outside bets are a better option if you are just starting out with roulette or are just playing conservatively. We recommend this option due to the high odds of winning. However, with the higher odds of winning, you can expect a lower payout.

5 outside betting strategies

There are five main types of betting related to outside betting: Column, Dozen, Color, Odd/Even, and High/Low.

A Column Bet refers to the three rows of 12 on the roulette layout. Each column has a total of 12 numbers, therefore each bet amasses around 33 percent of the entire board depending on which roulette version you are playing. These bets will reward you on a 2 to 1 ratio with a house edge of 5.26 percent in the American version and 2.70 percent in the European version.

A Dozen Bet is placed on the groups of 12 numbers on the layout. This is different from a column bet because the numbers you bet on are not consecutive. Rather, they are three groups of numbers called the First Dozen, Second Dozen, and Third Dozen. Like a column bet, a “Dozens Bet” has 2 to 1 payout and American house edge at 5.26 percent and European house edge at 2.7 percent.

Color Bets are the simplest way to bet. Essentially, you are betting purely on whether or not the ball will land on red or black. This bet pays out 1 to 1, with a 5.25 percent American house edge and 2.7 percent European house edge.

Odd and Even Bets, as you would expect, mean you are betting on whether or not the ball will land on an odd or even number. All odds and evens are taken into account. This mode of betting pays out 1 to 1, with a high table coverage of around 48% depending on what type of roulette you are playing. However, betting on odds does not mean you are betting on zeros. House edge is 5.26 percent when playing the American version and 2.70 percent when playing European.

High/Low Bets are bets that the ball will land on either 1 to 18 or 19 to 36. Like most outside bets, High/Low pays out 1 to 1. House edge is 5.26 percent when playing the American version and 2.70 percent when playing European.

Inside betting

Inside bets are much more complicated than outside bets. This is due to the large variety of ways you can place your chips on the inside of the layout. When placing inside bets, you are betting on separated numbers, rather than a specific row or colors. Although inside bets have lower odds of winning, they offer a higher payout. We recommend you ease into this type of play, as it requires a higher bank roll and more analysis.

6 outside betting strategies

There are six total ways to place an inside bet. They are Straight Up, Split, Street, Corner, Five, and Line Bets. All inside bets have a house edge of 5.26 percent when playing the American variation and 2.70 percent when playing European (except Five Bets).

A Straight Up Bet means that you are betting on a specific number, or variety of numbers. In order to perform a Straight Up Bet, you select the number specifically by placing your chip on the number itself. For example, picking the number 9 would be considered a Straight Up Bet. If you land on your number you receive a payout of 35 to 1.

Split Bets are performed by placing your bet (chips) directly between two numbers on the line that divides them. This will make it so your bet encompasses both numbers. The payout for this bet is 17 to 1.

Street Betting is done by placing your bet on the line at the end of a row of three numbers. This makes is so if one of these three numbers gets landed on you get paid. The payout for this type of bet is 11 to 1.

Corner Bets allows you to select a group of four numbers at once. This is accomplished by placing your chip in the cross section of four numbers. As an example, a Corner Bet would be placed in between the numbers 13, 14, 16, and 17. This type of bet has a payout of 8 to 1.

A Five Bet, commonly known as “The Beast”, is a bet placed on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 (only can be done on American style roulette tables). This can be done by placing your bet in between the three-way intersection of 0, 00, and 2. When performing a Five Bet, the house edge increases to 7.89 percent, with a payoff of only 6 to 1. It is recommended that you place chips on each number individually rather than using the Five Bet method. This will lower the house odds back to normal.

Line Bets are placed by putting your chips at the intersection of two lines, at the end of the lines. By doing this, you are wagering all six numbers. This bet has a payoff of 5 to 1 and has normal house odds.

Depending on how risky you want to play, you can bet on inside or outside positions.

Pros and cons of online roulette

As with all online games, there are pros and cons. However, online roulette has very few things you need to fret about.

As for the benefits of online roulette, they are exactly what you would expect. Online roulette allows you to play from the comfort of your home or while on the go. This option will eventually save you money because you no longer have to travel in order to play. Online roulette has very good odds if you know how to play conservatively, but can be risky if you play for the higher payouts.

There a couple of things you should be weary of when playing online roulette. One is the use of the random number generator used in the computer generated versions. This takes away the ability to read the wheel completely , as the numbers are always randomly selected between 0 and 36.

Live Dealers will also present a very slow style of play. This can be combated by playing the computer generated version, but you are at the hands of the RNG.

This may not be a con, but more of a recommendation. If you are given the option to play American or European Roulette, play European. The American counterpart has two zeros, in which you could lose all of your money in one turn. European style is much safer, especially for those just getting started.