If any game has come to represent the iconic image of a casino, it is undoubtedly Roulette and having featured in countless James Bond spy movie scenes, it has become something of a star attraction in itself. Not surprisingly, Roulette is the most popular and well known of all casino games. It is easy to play, attracts adventurous types of players and has many tantalising and thrilling permutations to bet on.
The word Roulette means “little wheel” in French, was first played in 1796 in Paris and spread quickly to casinos all over Europe and the USA. It is often know as the “King of all Casino games” due to the glamour and glitz associated with playing the game in Monte Carlo.
Roulette in the Fitzwilliam
There are 3 European Roulette tables in the Fitzwilliam, where the wheel contains 37 numbers: 18 red, 18 black and one zero (green). To start the game, the Dealer first spins the wheel in one direction while propelling the ball in the other. Where the ball ends up on the Roulette wheel is pure chance – that’s what makes the game so exciting.
How do you play?
Between spins, just place your cash or cash chips on the table between spins and ask the Dealer for “a colour please”. The Dealer will give you colour chips that will identify you from the other players at the table and can only be used on the table you are playing at.
Next you place your bet(s) on the table; you can choose to place a variety of ‘Inside‘ bets (by choosing the number of the segment the ball will land in, or range of segments based on their position), and ‘Outside‘ bets (including bets on various positional groupings of segments, pocket colours, or whether it is odd or even).
You can continue to place bets until the Dealer announces “No more bets.” When a winning number and colour is determined by the roulette wheel, the Dealer will place a marker on that winning number on the roulette table layout. Winning bets remain on the table and are paid out according to the odds, while the losing bets are removed. Below you will see details on the payout odds for each type of bet.
When you finish playing, ask the Dealer to exchange your colour chips for cash chips – you can use these at another table or exchange them at the Cash Desk.
Roulette Table Layout
Straight-up: This is a single number bet, 0-36 where you chip is placed entirely on the middle of a number square. Pays 35 to 1.
Split: This is where you can bet on two adjoining numbers, either on the vertical or horizontal (as in 14-17 or 8-9). The chip is placed on the line between these numbers. Pays 17 to 1.
Street: A larger spread where you bet on three numbers on a single horizontal line. The chip is places on the Edge of the line of a number at the end of the line (either the left or the right, depending on the layout). Pays 11 to 1.
Corner (or Square): a bet on four numbers in a square layout (as in 11-12-14-15). The chip is placed at the horizontal and vertical intersection of the lines between the four numbers. Pays 8 to 1.
Six Line: This is like having a bet on two adjoining streets, with a chip placed on the corresponding intersection, as if in between where two streets bets would be placed. Pays 5 to 1.
On Roulette Table 1, the Minimum Inside Bet is €0.50 and the Maximum is €25, while on Roulette Table 2, the Minimum Inside Bet is €1 and the maximum €50.
Outside bets typically refer to more general groupings of numbers on the table and while they have smaller payouts, you have with better odds at winning.
1 to 18: a bet on one of the first low eighteen numbers coming up. Pays even money.
19 to 36: a bet on one of the last high eighteen numbers coming up. Pays even money.
Red or Black: a bet on which color the roulette wheel will show. Pays even money.
Even or Odd: a bet on an even or odd number. Pays even money.
Dozen Bets: a bet on the first (1-12), second (13-24), or third group (25-36) of twelve numbers. Pays 2 to 1.
Column Bets: a bet on all 12 numbers on any of the three vertical lines (such as 1-4-7-10 on down to 34). The chip is placed on the space below the final number in this string. Pays 2 to 1.
On Roulette Table 1, the Minimum Outside Bet is €5 and the Maximum is €100 of Columns and Dozens and €200 on even chance bets. On Roulette Table 2 in the Fitzwilliam, the minimum outside bet is €10 and the maximum is €200 on columns and dozens, and €400 on even chance bets.