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Roulette terms you need to know

Roulette terms you need to know


Whether you are standing at a table or gambling online, it’s a good idea to get used to some of the more commonly used roulette terminologies so you don’t feel like everyone is speaking another language - It means you can make decisions quicker and develop your skills more easily, and you’ll get more enjoyment out of playing too.

·       Backtrack. The outer rim of the wheel where the ball is spun.

·       Bet on the layout. A wager placed anywhere on the numbers part of the table.

·       Biased numbers. The numbers on the wheel which have statistically been proven to hit more often than others based on long-term analysis.

·       Black bet. A wager that the next number will be black.

·       Bottom track. The slanted, inner area of the roulette wheel which stays still when the roulette wheel is spun. The roulette ball slides down the bottom track before bouncing into the wheel head and its final resting place in a pocket.

·       Carre. One of the French roulette terms used to refer to a corner bet (see corner bet).

·       Chameleon strategy. A player who is mimicking the strategy of other players who are doing well at the roulette table.

·       Check rack. The tray where the casino chips are kept.

·       Cheval. One of the French roulette terms used to refer to a split bet.

·       Colonne. One of the French roulette terms used to refer to a column bet.

·       Column bet. This is when a bet is placed on one of the three available columns (each one consisting of 12 numbers). This pays two to one.

·       Combination bet. Any bet that has one or more chips on two or more numbers.

·       Corner bet A single bet that one of the four numbers on the layout will win.

·       Croupier. Also known as the dealer, croupier is the more formal term for the casino employee who takes care of the roulette table.

·       Dozen bet: A bet that can be placed on one of three available groups of 12 numbers: 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36. The dozen bet pays 2 to 1.

·       Double zero. The pocket on the roulette wheel marked “00,” which is only found on American roulette wheels, also known as “double zero” wheels.

·       Double-up system of betting: A system of betting where the player increases a bet by twice the amount after a loss to regain some of the money played on the previous bet.

·       En plein. The French term for a straight-up bet (see straight-up bet).

·       En prison. A French phrase meaning “in prison,” which is a rule applied to even-money wagers only. When a zero is hit, some online casinos will allow the player to either take back half the bet or leave it “imprisoned” for another spin. If the next spin gives another zero, the entire wager is lost.

·       European roulette. This was the original version of roulette and is also the one most commonly found in European and Asian casinos. Unlike the American version, in European roulette, only one zero is used, which has the effect of lowering the house edge.

·       Even money. Refers to any bet that pays 1 to 1.

·       Five-number bet. Possibly the worst bet that one can make when playing on an American roulette wheel. A player bets that 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3 will hit.

·       High bet. This is a bet that the next spin will hit between the numbers 19 and 36.

·       Inside bet. A bet made on the numbered, inside area of the roulette table. These bets cover only individual numbers and small groups of numbers and pay out at relatively high odds (the opposite of the inside bet is the outside bet).

·       La partage. Similar to the en prison rule, the player loses half their bet and doesn’t have the option of leaving their bet “in prison” for a later spin. La partage is used for “outside” even-money wagers red/black, high/low, odd/even and can also apply when the result is 0.

·       Line bet. Refers to a wager that one of the six numbers of the two rows of three numbers will win.

·       Low bet. Refers to a wager that a number between 1 and 18 will hit.

·       Marker. The marker is the apparatus used by the croupier to mark the winning number after each spin. Players are not allowed to place new bets for the next spin until the croupier has removed the marker from the table.

·       Mini roulette. Available at some online casinos, this game features a smaller wheel that only has 13 numbers (0-12) instead of the standard amount. Payouts are adjusted accordingly.

·       No action. If the croupier calls no action once during a spin, all bets are cancelled, and the casino repeats the action from the beginning. Players can remove their bets after the croupier calls no action.

·       Orphans. Commonly used in European casinos, it refers to a bet on three specific numbers, which are: 6, 34 and 17.

·       Orphelins. Also used in European casinos, the orphelin bet is a bet on a specific group of numbers on a section of the roulette wheel where the numbers are neighbours on the wheel.

·       Outside bets. This is a bet where a player places a wager on the outside of the felt layout of the roulette table. These bets usually cover large sections of the roulette wheel and pay out at much lower odds.

·       Parlay. The doubling of a bet after a win.

·       Pockets. Refers to the spaces on the roulette wheel in which the roulette ball might land. Each pocket has a unique number, ranging from 1-36, and there is also a 0 pocket (and a 00 pocket on an American roulette wheel). Half of the numbered pockets are red, the other half are black and the zeros are green.

·       Red bet. This refers to an outside bet that pays 2-1 where the player wagers that the next spin will hit red.

·       Six-line bet.  A bet which covers two adjacent rows of numbers on the roulette layout (covering six numbers in all). This bet traditionally pays out at a rate of 5-1.

·       Split: This term refers to a bet that covers two adjacent numbers on the roulette table and is made when you put your chips on the intersection of two numbers. Traditionally, this type of bet pays out at odds of 17-1.

·       Straight-up bet. A bet made on a single number by placing chips on that specific number on the table layout. This bet traditionally pays out at odds of 35-1.

·       Street. This refers to a bet made on a row of three numbers on the roulette table layout that is made by placing chips on the edge of that row. Traditionally, this bet has 11-1 odds.

·       Transversale. The French term for a street bet.

·       Trio bet. This is the same bet as the street bet. In the trio bet, you bet that one of three numbers will be the winning number.

·       Visual wheel tracking. The process of following the ball and wheel with your eyes and being able to predict where it will land.

·       Voisins du zero: A French term mostly used in European casinos to describe a wager on a specific group of numbers on the section of the roulette wheel that is next to the zero. If you translate the word “voisins”, it literally means neighbours.

·       Zero. The pocket on a roulette wheel marked with a 0. All roulette wheels contain a single-zero pocket. However, American roulette wheels have this and an additional double-zero pocket.

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Words: Sean McNulty
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