How to Win at Roulette

Morten
24 January 2023
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Roulette is one of the oldest and most popular classic casino games. It is played worldwide, and most of the game’s rules are the same. The only differences between European and American Roulette are the extra 00 in the American version of the game, which increases the house edge.

In French Roulette, which is the most favourable for the player, the La Partage and En Prison rules reduce the house edge from 2,7% to only 1,35%. American Roulette comes with a house edge of 5,26%.

When do You Win at Roulette?

You win at Roulette when you have correctly predicted in which number the ball will fall. There are many Roulette betting types, but they all fall under two categories: inside bets and outside bets.

Inside bets are bets placed on specific numbers on the table, while outside bets are red/black, even/odd, 1-18, and 19-36. Inside bets have higher payouts, but outside bets have a lower risk.

Roulette’s beauty is that you control the risk you take as a player. You can go for high payouts by taking significant risks or play it safe and try to double your money.

Use the table below to see all the different Roulette betting types, their payouts, and your chances of winning.

Bet TypeFrench NameWhat are you betting on?Where do you place the chip?Number of Numbers CoveredPayoutChance of winning European RouletteChance of winning American Roulette
Inside Bets
Straight (Single)PleinA single numberFull on the number on the table135x bet1:37 (2,7%)1:38 (2,63%)
SplitChevalTwo adjacent numbersOn the line between two numbers217x bet2:37 (5,4%)2:38 (5,26%)
StreetTransversaleThree adjacent numbersOn the line of a number on the outside of the table311x bet3:37 (8,1%)3:38 (7,9%)
Corner (Square)CarréFour adjacent numbersAt an intersection of four numbers48x bet4:37 (10,8%)4:38 (10,5%)
Four Number (First Four)The numbers 0, 1, 2, and 3 (only at European Roulette)On the corner of the table on 0, 1, and 1st 1248x bet4:37 (10,8%)N/A
Five Bet (Basket)The numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 (only at American Roulette)On the corner of the table on 0, 1, and 1st 1256x betN/A5:38 (13,2%)
Six LineTransversale simpleSix adjacent numbersAt a t-junction on the outside of the table65x bet6:37 (16,2%)6:38 (15,8%)
Outside Bets
ColumnColonneThe 12 numbers in a column on the tableOn one of the ‘2-1’ boxes122x bet12:37 (32,4%)12:38 (31,6%)
DozenThe numbers 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36On the box “1st 12”, “2nd 12”, or “3rd 12”122x bet12:37 (32,4%)12:38 (31,6%)
Red/BlackRouge/noirAll red or black numbersOn the box “Red” or “Black”181x bet18:37 (48,6%)18:38 (47,4%)
Odd/EvenPair/impairAll even or odd numbersOn the “Even” or “Odd” box181x bet18:37 (48,6%)18:38 (47,4%)
High/LowPasse/ManqueAll high or low numbersOn the box ‘1-18′ or ’19-36’181x bet18:37 (48,6%)18:38 (47,4%)

Roulette Strategies

The most crucial strategy for Roulette is carefully selecting the table type you will be playing at. If you have a choice between American Roulette and European Roulette, you should always go for the latter. If French Roulette is offered, that’s even better. Avoid the No Zero Roulette and Triple Zero Roulette tables, as they have a higher house edge.

Most bets on the traditional Roulette tables give you the same odds of winning. Whether you choose black or red (payout 1 times your stake) or a specific number (payout 35 times your stake), your chances of winning are the same. Because the casino has a house edge, the odds of winning at Roulette are unfavourable in both cases.

The exception is a bet on the Five Bet, also known as ‘Basket,’ in American Roulette. If you place a chip on the bottom left corner (making the chip touch 0, 1, and 1st 12), you are effectively betting on the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. You will be paid 6:1 on this, making the house edge 7,9%. If you had chosen those numbers with loose chips, the house edge would have been the traditional 5,26%. Playing the Basket is, therefore, the worst possible option in Roulette.

Many Roulette players play at the casino according to a specific system, an existing known strategy, or a self-devised system. Methods range from very easy to understand to complete in-depth mathematical models. Below we will explain the best-known Roulette strategies, but be aware that in the long term, the casino always wins.

So it always remains a gamble, although players worldwide swear by a particular Roulette strategy. And while one scores big with it, the other loses tons of money. In all cases, you must determine in advance how far your maximum budget extends.

Martingale Roulette Strategy

This is a straightforward Roulette strategy, which novice players often use for a bet with a single chance of winning, such as red/black, even/odd, or 1-18/9-36.

The Martingale Roulette strategy means you double your bet after a losing round. To do this, you first choose a starting amount, such as $2. If you lose, your next bet will be $4. It is essential to set a limit for yourself because your bet can quickly increase with this system if you keep losing.

Based on the bet of $2, you use the following series: $2, $4, $8, $16, $32, $64, $128, $256, $512, $1,024, $2,048, and so on. If you win in between, your possible next bet will be $2 again, and the doubling will start all over.

This is not an endless series of numbers because the maximum bet binds you to the casino uses for that table, also called the table limit. The idea behind this strategy is that you eventually win.

At least if you have an unlimited budget and the table has no limit. As unlikely as it sounds that the ball lands on the same colour ten times in a row, this may likely happen. The ball itself has no memory and will randomly come to a stop on the Roulette wheel.

Fibonacci Roulette Strategy

For this Roulette strategy, you use the number series described by Fibonacci, namely 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc. It is not a complicated system, but you have to be good at math to apply it.

Here, the following number in the betting sequence is the sum of the two before it, a tactic that is mainly played on a single bet option, such as red/black or even/odd.

If you want to play with a starting bet of $5, the series will look like this: (0), 5, 5, 10, 15, 25, 40, 65, etc. This means the next bet will again be $5 after a loss. If the next round is again unsuccessful, the new bet will be $15, $25, $40, and so on.

If you win a round in between, for example, with a bet of $40, then your new bet amount is $15. So after every win, you jump two steps back in the series. If you win again after this, the next bet is only $5. If you lose this round, you bet $10 again. You are supposed to stop as soon as you get back to the first number in the sequence.

If you often lose in a row, your bet will increase considerably. You will also get further and further away from your starting bet. The more losses, the more rounds it takes to get back to 5 finally, and therefore the longer you have to play.

FAQs About Winning Roulette

We receive many questions regarding winning at Roulette. For the completeness’ sake of this guide, we shall answer the most frequently asked questions about winning Roulette below.

  1. Is there a formula to win Roulette?

    No, there is no formula to win Roulette. The casino always has a house edge, no matter what Roulette strategy you use or apply. The table limits ensure Martingale, Fibonacci, and other Roulette systems don’t work in the long run and that the house edge stays the same.

  2. How many numbers should I bet on Roulette?

    This depends on whether you want table coverage or high wins. If you want to win vast sums of money, you should place inside bets, whereas you should place outside bets and cover as much of the Roulette table as possible if you want to play for a while and don’t care too much about big or small wins.

  3. Can you predict Roulette?

    A Roulette wheel contains frets and diamond-shaped obstacles that intercept the ball as it falls down the wheel and comes to a halt, making sure you cannot predict the ball’s number, even if you placed your bet(s) while the Roulette wheel was already spinning. There is no way to predict the future, and the outcome of every round is entirely random.

  4. Is Roulette skill or luck?

    Roulette is a luck-based game where players cannot affect the game’s outcome. However, players control their own risk every round and can make bets that suit their risk appetite.

  5. What numbers hit most in Roulette?

    Every number, including 0 and 00, has the same chance to hit in Roulette. For this reason, no numbers hit the most in Roulette, and each number has a chance of 1 in 37 or 2,7% to hit.

Author Morten

After being a recreational gambler for over 10 years, my professional gambling career started at LeoVegas in January 2019. I am now Head of SEO & Content at Casinogrounds, responsible for what you read on UKCasino.com, Casinogrounds.com, and Casinoscores.com.