All you have to
do is to guess which hole the spinning ball will
drop into, to place your bet on that guess, and
to wait for the outcome.
Table layout: 

The numbers 1 to 36 plus a zero (and a double zero
in American Roulette) are printed on the table. The
numbers are laid out in three rows of twelve numbers
and a few boxes beside the numbers, called the
"outside" bets. The numbers are divided into three
betting sets of twelve each: the top twelve from 1
to 12, the middle twelve from 13 to 24 and the
bottom twelve from 25 to 36. Areas for betting one
of these groupings are found on the table. There are
also areas for betting red or black, areas for
betting odd or even, and areas for betting the first
18 numbers or the last 18 numbers.
Playing roulette:
The Dealer sees that all bets are down, spins the
wheel, and rolls an ivory ball in the opposite
direction. He ends the betting after a while calling
"no more bets". When the ball settles in one of the
slots, the dealer places an icon on that number. Now
the betting results are taken care of: the dealer
removes all chips that did not scratch the winning
number and pays off the winners. He removes the icon
and the round is over. Next, the players place their
new bets for the following spin. Each round can
lasts approximately one minute or even less.
There are different ways of placing your bets. See
the section below for details.
Placing bets & Payoffs: You can find all the
bets, betting combinations and their odds on the
table below.
Here are a few sample payoffs:
Straightup bet: A bet on one number (Any number
including 0 and 00).
Pays 35 to 1 (that is, your bet plus 35 times your
bet).
Split bet: Placing a chip on a line between two
numbers. If either comes up you get 17 to 1.
Street bet: A chip on the edge of a row covers three
numbers. Pay off is 11 to 1.
Corner bet: A chip on an intersection covers four
numbers. Pay off is 8 to 1.
Red or black: Pay off is 1 to 1.
A bet on 18 numbers: pays 1 to 1.
A bet on 12 numbers: pays 2 to1.
Of course the more numbers you choose to cover in
one bet the lower is the payoff.
Name 
Bet Area 
Odds 
straight up 
1 number 
35:1 
splits 
2 numbers 
17:1 
street 
1 row (3) 
11:1 
corner 
4 numbers 
8:1 
line 
2 rows (6) 
5:1 
column 
12 numbers 
2:1 
dozen 
1 third
(12) 
2:1 
rouge 
red numbers 
1:1 
noir 
black
numbers 
1:1 
pair 
even
numbers 
1:1 
impair 
odd numbers 
1:1 
manque 
118 
1:1 
passe 
1936 
1:1 
