How to Bet on the Roulette Wheel

By Rhonda Gilmore
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Walk into a casino and the world of glamour and glitz is waiting to welcome its players. The casino is a world all its own. Time goes unnoticed as excitement builds. Gamblers join tables and get a feel for the action, while hoping to get lucky from the turn of the card, a throw of the dice or a spin of a wheel.

Learn to play roulette. It can be confusing when first learning how to play, but with practice it will get easier. Roulette wheels have 38 pockets, numbered one to 36, zero and double zero. Pockets alternate between red and black around the wheel, with the exception of the zero and the double zero which are green. There is a minimum and maximum bet at each table, and players can make as many bets as they want. The bets must be placed before the dealer says "no more bets".

Learn how to place an inside bet by betting on a straight number or a straddle the line number for a combination of numbers. Straight up bets are placed on a single number. A split bet is placed on two numbers. Street bets are placed on a vertical line. Corner bets are placed on any four joining numbers. A basket bet is a five number bet placed on zero, double zero, one, two and three. Bets placed on six numbers are called a double street bet.

Learn how to place an outside bet. Outside bets are made in the boxes that surround the numbers. Red and black or odd and even are even money bets. Dozen bets are bets made on 12 consecutive numbers. Column bets are 12 number bets in one of the three vertical columns.

Learn the odds of winning. A straight up bets pays 35 to 1. Split bets pay 17 to 1. Street bets pay 11 to 1. Corner bets pay 8 to 1. Basket bets pay 6 to 1. A double street bet pays 5 to 1. Dozen and column bets pay 2 to 1. Red and black or odd and even bets pay 1 to 1.

About the Author

Based in Ohio, Rhonda Gilmore has been writing short stories and poetry since 1977 and began writing blogs in 2008. Gilmore fell in love with writing after she took a creative writing class in high school. She is currently pursuing a career in law after being a nurse for 16 years.