Some Roulette terminologies you should know

So you want to play a game of online Roulette? But have you given a thought to the rules of the game and even more importantly the terminologies? Understanding the basic terminologies before you start playing a Live Roulette game will not only help you to be a more proficient player but could be the difference between winning and losing.

While ultimately, Roulette is a casino game of chance, knowing the most frequently used terms could help you strategise better and greatly improve your chances of winning. If you are a first-timer to the world of Live Roulette on an online gaming platform, then it is crucial that you familiarise yourself with these terminologies.

Here are 20 terminologies that you are likely to encounter when playing Live Roulette (in alphabetical order).

  1. American Roulette: This is a Roulette variant with 38 pockets sited on a Roulette wheel having a “1 to 36” numbering system as well as a single (0) and double-zero (00). This Roulette variant is popular in South, Central and of course North America.
  2. A Biased Wheel: This is a term used to suggest that a Roulette wheel offers numbers that do not have an equal chance of landing when the wheel is spun. One key strategy for playing a biased wheel is to know which numbers have a higher possibility of landing when the wheel is spun and placing bets on these numbers.
  3. A Block Betting: One Live Roulette gaming strategy may involve the placing of a bet on a group of numbers located on one side or area of the Roulette wheel.
  4. Bet on Layout: This is a term stating that players have placed their respective bets on any numbered area on the Roulette table layout.
  5. Call Bets: This is a bet that is made without any chip(s) placed on the betting table. The bets are usually placed by a player verbally. You should know that there are a lot of land-based casinos that do not allow call bets. However,  a good number of them permit “Announced bets”. This involves a player calling out a wager and backing up their “call” by placing their chips on the betting table in respect of that bet.
  6. Carr or “Corner Bet”: Carr is actually a French terminology which simply means a “Corner Bet”.
  7. Cheval or “Split Bet”: Cheval is yet another French terminology and refers to a “Split Bet”. The “Split Bet” is a wager placed on a couple of adjacent facing numbers on the Roulette table. Players only need to place their respective chips on the spot where two numbers intersect. This bet has a payout of 17:1.
  8. Colonne or “Column Bet”: Colonne like Cheval and Carr is a French term that means “Column Bet”. A Column Bet is a bet that is placed on the group of numbers contained in anyone out of the three columns available. Also note that a Column Bet win will earn you a 2:1 payout.
  9. Croupier or Dealer: Every Roulette table in a Live Roulette game is supervised by a Croupier or a Dealer. However, the most professional terminology for this casino staff is “Croupier”.
  10.  Dozen Bet: Dozen Bet is a bet that is placed on any one out of three sets of 12 numbers. These sets include numbers from 1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36. The expected payout for wins is 2:1.
  11. En Plein or “Straight Up Bet”: En Plein is a French terminology for “Straight Up Bet”. A “Straight Up Bet” is a wager placed on just one number. You place your respective chips on the wagered number available on the betting layout table. The odds for this bet is usually 35:1.
  12. European Roulette: This is another Live Roulette variant which is popular in both Asian, of course, European casinos. There is only a single zero used in this Roulette variant. With the single zero, the game’s house edge (more on this below) is much lower (compared to American Roulette variant). There is an en prison (French for in prison) rule which permits players to regain half of their even-money wagers where the spinning ball on the Roulette wheel lands right in the zero pockets.
  13. House Edge: This is basically that edge which the casino has over Roulette players. The House Edge is stated as an average percentage of every bet placed by a player that the casino will hold on to on a long-term basis. Note that a House Edge of 2.70% is typical in European Roulette (which has a Roulette wheel with a single zero).
  14. Inside Bets: In Live Roulette, Inside Bets are those wagers placed on the numbers located on the inside area of a typical Roulette layout. The numbers covered by Inside Bets include single numbers as well as a small set of numbers.
  15. La Partage Rule: In the La Partage rule, a player will lose half their wager. In addition, the player will not have the benefit of hoarding their wager or (En Prison) for a Roulette wheel spin made at an appropriate time.
  16. Orphans Bet: This is a wager that is quite common in European Live Roulette casinos involving a wager placed on three numbers. These three numbers are usually neighbouring numbers on the Roulette wheel may be at a distance to each other on the Roulette layout. For example, numbers 6, 17 and 34.
  17. Outside Bets: This is a wager that is placed on numbers located on the outer section of the Roulette table. This bet may include; odd/even or red/black bets which are even-money bets.
  18. Tier Du Cylindre: This is also a French term that is commonly used in European styled Live Roulette online casinos. This is a wager placed on a set of numbers that are located on an area on the Roulette wheel. These numbers are usually neighbours on the Roulette layout.
  19. Transversale or “Street Bet”: Again another French terminology which simply means “Street Bet”. This is a wager placed on a row consisting of three different numbers right on the layout table. You place this bet by dropping your selected chips right on the edge of the chosen row. The payout for this bet is usually 11:1.
  20. Voisins du Zero: This is a French term that can be found in European casinos involving a bet placed on a set of numbers having the single zero as their neighbour.

In Conclusion

There are definitely other terminologies that may not be included in this article like Inside Bets consisting of Corner, Line, Five-number, Basket and Snake Bets. However, the 20 terminologies in this article are really frequently used in many online as well as land-based Live Roulette casinos. Once again, your understanding of these terms will make you a smarter player and hopefully help you in recording more wins than losses.


Name: Some Roulette terminologies you should know
Author : Lily Johnson
Published Date: 07/04/2019