Basic Rules of Roulette
Types of Bets
In roulette, bets can either be inside or outside bets.
Outside bets typically have smaller payouts with better odds at winning. Except as noted, all of these bets lose if a zero comes up.
1 to 18 or 19 to 36 - A bet that the number will be in the chosen range.
Red or black - A bet that the number will be the chosen color.
Even or odd - A bet that the number will be of the chosen type.
Dozen bet - A bet that the number will be in the chosen dozen: first (1-12), second (13-24), or third (25-36).
Column bet - A bet that the number will be in the chosen vertical column of 12 numbers, such as 1-4-7-10 on down to 34. The chip is placed on the space below the final number in this sequence.
Snake Bet - A special bet that covers the numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. It has the same payout as the dozen bet and takes its name from the zigzagging, snakelike pattern traced out by these numbers. The snake bet is not available in all casinos; when it is allowed, the chip is placed on the lower corner of the 34 square that borders the 19-36 betting box. Some layouts mark the bet with a two-headed snake that winds from 1 to 34, and the bet can be placed on the head at either end of the body.