How Roulette works in the Live Casino

Roulette is possibly the most famous and recognisable game in the world of casinos. The spinning wheel, mountains of chips and chequered board is the scene of glamour and sophistication.

Here at Unibet we know plenty of casino betting fans love a game on the Roulette tables. And that’s why we’ve created a huge Roulette suite in the Unibet Live Casino so you can play along any time you like. 

Live Roulette is a thrilling game of chance where you bet on which number a spinning ball will land on. You can place chips in various combinations across the Roulette table and create systems in the hope of securing a big pay out.

We know gamers love Roulette and this guide is here to help you understand the basics of this entertaining game. You will learn the basic rules of Roulette, how to bet on Roulette and what tactics some people use out on the tables. In our guide section you can also learn how to play Blackjack. 

Roulette betting — the basics 

Roulette is a chance game where players bet on the outcome of a spinning wheel and a ball. A table is set out with different sections indicating different bets. These range from single numbers to the colour of the square the ball will land on.

Players take their time placing their chips on the board and then wait for the roulette wheel to spin. Once the wheel spins the ball emerges and eventually settles on one of 37 or 38 sections. If you bet on the number or colour the ball lands on, you win your bet.

In European Roulette the numbers range from 0 to 36. In American Roulette, they range from 00 to 36.

Understanding how the Roulette wheel works is the easy bit. After all, the wheel spins and the ball stops. There’s nothing more to it than that! Roulette becomes fascinating when you’re deciding where on the table to place your bets before the wheel has even spun!

How to bet on Roulette

There are three types of bet in Roulette that are defined by their position on the table. The inside bets are the individual numbers in the centre of the table. The outside bets are the offerings either side of the inside bets. And the racetrack is the row of bets that run below the inside bets, directly in front of you.

Inside bets in Roulette

Inside bets carry the highest odds per square as they are the least likely bets to win. In American Roulette you have a 1/38 chance of winning a particular square. But expert Roulette players have a smart way of covering more than one square with a single bet. Below are the types of bet you can make on the inside:

  • Straight up: You bet on a single number. All you have to do is put your chips down on that number and hope for the best! Of course, the pay out is huge for this bet but it’s also unlikely to come off. You can play multiple straight up bets in one round to increase your chances of winning.
  • Split: This is when you bet on two adjacent numbers at the same time. The split can either be vertical or horizontal. If, for example, you want to bet on numbers 14 and 15, you place your chips on the line between the two numbers. If one of the numbers wins, you win the bet. But your odds are halved.
  • Street: This is when you bet on three numbers at the same time with one single bet. For this option, you place your chips at the bottom or far left of the row of three (depending on which way the table is facing). So for example, you place a bet on the edge of the 19 square, which covers 20 and 21. If the ball lands on any of these numbers, you win your bet at a price of 11/1.
  • Corner: This is when you bet on four numbers at once, by placing your chips in the corner where four squares meet. For example, you could put your chips on the corner of 5, 6, 8 and 9. Corner bets pay out at 8/1.
  • Line: Here you bet on six numbers at once. To bet on a six line, you place the bet at the base of two lines of three. So for example, in you were betting on numbers 1 to 6, your chips would be placed on the base line, between numbers 1 and 4. This bet pays out at 5/1.

Outside bets in Roulette

In Roulette, outside bets sit in boxes around the inner bets. There are five outside bets and they correspond to how the inside bets are laid out. These bets are:

  • Column: There are three vertical rows in Roulette and you effectively bet on which of these rows the ball will land on. You place your chip at the bottom of the row and bet on 12 numbers at a time. Betting on the column pays out at 2/1.
  • Dozen: You have the same chance of winning on the dozen as you do the column — but the bet is in a different part of the board. Here, you bet on the ball landing in either the 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.
  • High or Low: This is a 50/50 bet on the low numbers (1-18) or the high numbers (19-36). This is a 1/1 payout.
  • Odd or Even: This is another 50/50 bet on whether or not the number will be odd or even. Zero is neither.
  • Red or Black: Possibly the most famous bet in casino gaming apart from going ‘all in’ when playing poker. You choose to bet on whether the ball will land on a red or a black. This is 50/50 on chances of winning with a 1/1 payout. It is one of the most popular bets newcomers to Roulette make.

The Roulette racetrack

Many people question what the racetrack in Roulette is. So here at Unibet we’re on hand to explain it all to you! The racetrack is a method of marking out on the Roulette table certain sections of the Roulette wheel. This is because the numbers on the Roulette wheel do not simply go clockwise in order. So for example, 17, 34, 6 and 27 sit next to each other.

What this means if that more experienced players like to bet on a certain section of the wheel the ball might land on. There are four sections you can play on: Tiers du Cylindre, Voisins du Zero, Zero Spiel and Orphelins. Be careful if you play a section, because it is not a standard pay-out on each number.

Let’s take look at these sections in further details…

Tiers du Cylindre: This section goes from numbers 27 to 33 on the wheel. You will usually play with six chips divided over 12 numbers here. You play six split bets, with the chips being placed at 5-8, 10-11, 13-16, 23-24, 27-30 and 33-36.

Voisins du Zero: This is the biggest racetrack section in Roulette and covers a staggering 17 numbers with seven chips. The Voisins du Zero starts at 22 and ends all the way round at 25. There are four splits, one street and one corner here. The chips are divided into the following: 0-2-3, 4-7, 12-15, 18-21, 25-26-28-29 and 32-35.

Zero Spiel: This section is for numbers that surround the zero on the wheel. Incidentally, all numbers in the Zero Spiel fall under the Voisins du Zero. This section consists of seven numbers running from 12 to 15. The section is played with four chips, and only 28 is a straight up bet: 0-3, 12-15, 28, 32-35.

Orphelins: Translated into English as the ‘Orphans’, this section is split over two sections of the wheel. The first is 17 to 6 and the second is 1 to 9. There are eight numbers in this section, covered by five chips. The chips are placed like this: 3, 6-9, 14-17, 17-20 and 31-34.

Playing Roulette with Unibet

Unibet offers a wide range of Roulette tables to suit every player. You can play European and American tables on your own, while also joining in on the live Roulette tables! The live tables are great fun and a brilliant way to interact with other players.

When you decide to play live Roulette you will enter the lobby, where you’ll be introduced to the numerous tables available to play on at any time of day, wherever you are! Simply log in, make sure your account is credited and select the game you want to play. There are very small minimum bets available for newcomers to the game, so make sure to sample different variations of Roulette to find the best for you!

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