For those who want to learn how to play Roulette, becoming familiar with common Roulette terms is an important step. We have compiled a list of all the most Roulette terms and terminology into our Roulette Glossary.
This will help new players become more familiar with these terms and help them better understand Roulette. So, let’s dive into our Roulette Glossary and start learning the terms.
American Roulette – American Roulette is one of the most common variants of Roulette, most commonly played in the United States. The wheel features 36 numbers, a Green 0, and a green 00. It has a higher house edge than other popular versions of Roulette.
Backtrack – The outer rim portion of the Roulette wheel where the ball spins before dropping into the wheel.
Biased Wheel – A term used for a Roulette wheel in a land-based casino that is faulty and not completely random. It can lead to certain numbers coming up more often.
Black bet – Betting that the wheel will land on a Black number. Black numbers account for half of the numbers on the wheel.
Block – A set of numbers you need to bet on for a particular Roulette strategy
Call Bet – A Call Bet that you call out once the wheel is already spinning. This is also known as an Announced Bet. Not all versions of Roulette allow Call Bets.
Chameleon Strategy – Players who attempt to copy the betting decisions of a successful player in the hopes of sharing in their success.
Column Bet – A column bet is when you bet on one of the three columns of numbers on the Roulette table. Each column contains 12 numbers and comes with a 2:1 payout.
Croupier – The name for the ‘dealer’ running the roulette wheel.
Double Zero – The additional Zero found on the American Roulette wheel
Dozen Bet – Similar to the column bet, you are betting on a selection of 12 numbers, coming with a 2:1 payout.
En Prison – A unique rule typically found in French Roulette. If you place an even-money bet like Red/Black, and the ball lands on 0, your bet goes into prison, and the wheel is spun again. This gives you another chance to win.
European Roulette – Perhaps considered the most traditional form of Roulette, with 36 numbers and a single Green 0
Even Money – Any bet that pays out 1:1, including Odd/Even and Red/Black
Roulette Terms: F – N
Five Number Bet – A unique bet in American Roulette where you bet on the first five numbers
French Roulette – A version of Roulette that uses the standard 36-number Roulette wheel with a single Green 0, but it features a different layout for the table, and some unique rules and betting options.
House Edge – The advantage a casino has over players. In European Roulette, the House edge is 2.7%, while American Roulette has a 5.26% House Edge.
High Bet – Betting on numbers between 19 and 36
Inside Bet – Bers placed on the inside of the Roulette table. These typically cover small groups of numbers or a single number. Inside bets are typically more difficult to win but come with higher payouts.
La Partage – Another unique rule typically used in French Roulette. It also applies to even money bets. When the ball lands on 0, you receive half of your bet back.
Line Bet – Wagering on 6 numbers, made up two rows of three numbers each
Low Bet – Betting on numbers from 1 – 18.
Marker – A chip or something similar that is used to mark your bets
Mini Roulette – A variant of Roulette that uses a smaller version of the Roulette wheel.
Multi Ball Roulette – A version of Roulette where two balls are used at once, giving you two chances to win.
No Action – In a land-based casino, if No Action is called, it indicates there was a problem with the spin. The spin is canceled and all bets are carried over to the next.
Roulette Glossary: O – Z
Orphelins – A unique bet on a set of numbers that are neighbors on the wheel
Outside Bet – Bets placed on the outside of the Roulette table. These typically cover large groups of numbers, making them easy to win, but the payouts are quite small
Parlay – Doubling your bet following a win
Pockets – The coloured and numbered compartments on the wheel where the ball can land
Red Bet – Betting that the ball will land on a Red number
Six Line – Betting on two rows of numbers next to each other, with a 5:1 payout.
Split – Betting on two numbers next to each other on the Roulette table, by placing your chips on the line between them. Comes with a 17:1 payout.
Straight Up – Betting on a single number. Comes with the biggest payout in Roulette, at 35:1.
Street Bet – Betting on one of the rows of three numbers on the Roulette Table. Comes with a 11:1 payout.
Trio Bet- This is another name for a Street Bet
Voisins du Zero – A bet on numbers that sit next to the 0 on the wheel.
Zero – A unique space on the wheel marked in Green. European and French Roulette have a single green 0, while American Roulette adds an additional Green 00.