If you have never played roulette before, then you may be a little confused when you first take a look at the roulette table. Some online roulette games have a layout which simply allows you to choose your bets from a list, but those which are more authentic will have a direct representation of the normal roulette betting area so that you can play just as you would if you were at any land based casino in the world. It is important that you learn how this betting table works as well as the roulette basics, so that you know what to expect if you ever do play in land-based casinos.
The layout can take a double zero or single zero layout, with the first belonging to American Roulette and the second being used in both French and European Roulette. The version of the game that you are playing has an effect on the way that the roulette betting area looks, as each of them has different bets available for you to place and this means that different options have to be represented on it. Normally you will find one of two versions in the way that the table itself is set up: either you have a roulette wheel at one end and a betting layout next to it, or a roulette wheel in the middle of the table and then one betting layout on either side of it. The centred layout is only common in places like Monte Carlo these days, while the version of having the wheel to one side is the one that is normally used all over the world. You may have seen representations of roulette before and so know a little about what to expect when it comes to betting: all of the players who wish to take part in the game will take the amount of chips that they want to bet in a stack, and will place them on the square or squares that corresponds to the bet that they wish to choose. This tells the croupier what they are going for, and he can then see at a glance which bets have won and which bets have lost in order to pay out to the right people. The same system may be in place on your online game, so you will need to learn which bets are to be placed in which areas of the betting table.
If you are going to make sense of it all, then first of all you need to know about what kinds of bets are actually available in the roulette betting area, so that you can begin to identify them and be able to place bets on each of the options should you wish to. We start with a single or straight, which is a bet on just one number. This is easy to make because all you have to do is put your chips on the number itself, right in the middle of the square that it occupies. The next is a split, which is a bet placed on two adjoining numbers; to make this bet you put your chips on the line which separates the two numbers on the betting table. Your next option is the street, which is a bet on three numbers in a horizontal line. The betting table is arranged into three columns and twelve rows, so you simply choose a column and place your chips on the edge of the line of the last number in the row in order to make this bet. The corner is a bet on four numbers that are laid out in a square on the betting table; all you need to do here is place your chips on the intersection of the lines which touch all four numbers, right in the centre of them. Then there is the six line, or double street, which you place at the end of the rows again but on the line which divides the two of them. You can start to see already how a lot of the placement of the roulette bets is based on common sense, with a visual notification of which numbers you have chosen to go for.
Next up is a trio, which is only available on a single zero layout; in this format, there is a zero square on the table right at the top of the roulette betting area, above all of the other numbers and taking up the space of all three columns. Here you place your chips on the line between the 1, 2 and 0, or the 2, 3, and zero, whichever you choose to go for. In the double zero layout there is an extra space for the 00, which allows you to make a basket bet by going for three numbers, with different choices available: you can go for 0, 1, and 2; 0, 00, and 2; or 00, 2, and 3, because of the way that the table is set up. The top line bet takes in all of the 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3, and you choose this by placing your bet either at the intersection of 0 and 1 or of 00 and 3. After this we move into the outside bets, which are more likely to pay out but also carry smaller payouts: 1 to 18, also known as a manqué, is chosen by putting your chips on the corresponding square, which will be marked out by name.
The same is true of 19 to 36, a bet which is known as passé, and then you have obvious options such as red, black, odd and even, with the last pair known as pair or impair on the French Roulette betting area. You can also bet on groups of twelve numbers by putting your chips on the end of the column where there is a blank space for just such a purpose, or you can go for the numbers 1 to 12 and 13 to 24 and so forth.