How to Play Roulette

Roulette is the quintessential Live Casino game. Its quickfire, spontaneous and simple nature has made it a worldwide phenomenon and given rise to an abundance of roulette tables available at Unibet. This means there’s guaranteed to be a ball spinning around a roulette wheel somewhere in our Live Casino, no matter the time of day. 


Basic Roulette Gameplay

The game of Roulette revolves around a very simple game format. A small white ball is spun around the bowl of a moving wheel, either by a slingshot mechanism or human dealer, before eventually nestling into one of the equally divided segments below. Players can bet on which exact segment the ball will land, each distinguished by denominations such as numbers or colours. 

Being a fixed-odds game, the payout will depend on the statistical likelihood of winning. For example, as there’s an even number of red and black segments, this means their payout would result in a 1:1 return. However, a house edge is present on a roulette wheel signified by the presence of the green number zero. 

In European Roulette, there are thirty seven segments of the wheel ranging from numbers 0 to 36. In American Roulette, the same numbers apply but the addition of an extra double-zero (00) increases the house edge. In French Roulette, the same wheel is used as its European counterpart, but the betting table comprises a different layout and the ‘La Partage’ rule means half your stake is returned on ‘outside bets’ if the ball lands on zero.


Roulette Bets

The order of numbers on any standard roulette wheel is the same. This means each result has a predetermined payout value that won’t change. You can either bet on the individual ‘inside’ numbers or particular ‘outside’ connotations. 

Here is the name of the specific inside bets players can place their chips on, as well as the amount of numbers the bet will cover and payout ratio.

Straight Bet (1 number bet) – Any chip placed on a single number between 0 and 36. Pays: 36x

Split Bet (2 number combination) – Any chip placed on two adjacent numbers. Pays: 18x

Street Bet (3 number combination) – Any chip placed on the edge of a horizontal row. There is also a provision for numbers 0/1/2 and 0/2/3. Pays: 12x

Corner Bet (4 number combination) – Any chip placed in the centre of four numbers, or covering 0/1/2/3. Pays: 9x 

Line Bet (6 number combination) – Any chip placed on the edge between two adjacent rows. Pays: 6x  


For outside bets, it is much easier to know where to place your chips. They cover the following numbers and payout as follows:

Red/Black – Covers 18 numbers in the corresponding colour. Pays 2x. 

Odd/Even – Covers 18 numbers of the corresponding number type. Pays 2x.

Low/High – Covers the lowest and highest 18 numbers respectively. Pays 2x.

1st/2nd/3rd Twelve – Covers 12 numbers in each section. Pays 3x. 

1st/2nd/3rd Column – Covers 12 numbers in a vertical column on the table. Pays 3x. 


Section Bets

You can also place chips on a section of the roulette wheel itself as opposed to the numbers found in chronological sequence on the betting table. Sometimes known as ‘call’ bets, they derive their names from French Roulette terms.

Voisins Du Zéro – This covers the seventeen numbers which lie between 22 and 25 on the wheel, dissecting where the green 0 lies. Five chips are placed as split bets, two chips are placed as a corner bet, and two chips are placed as a street bet on the remaining numbers. The payout varies in relation to the winning number but in most cases it is 2x your bet.

Jeu Zéro – This is effectively a narrower version of Voisins Du Zéro for players who believe the ball will land closer to the 0. One chip is placed straight up on number 26, along with three additional split bets: 0–3, 12–15 and 35–3. Seven numbers are covered by four chips where the payout will range from 18x to 36x. 

Tiers – Covers twelve numbers that range from 27 to 33 on the wheel. Six chips are placed on the applicable splits, with a set payout of 18x for a winning bet.

Orphelins – The remaining eight numbers on the wheel (1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34) make up an orphelins bet which are covered by four splits and one straight. Using five chips, the payout will range from 18x to 36x your total bet. 

Neighbours – This bet is designed for players who believe the ball will land on or next to a specific number. A chip is placed on the number in question along with two numbers either side. For example, by betting on “seventeen neighbours”, you’d also cover 34 & 6 (to the left) and 25 & 2 (to the right). The payout for a roulette neighbours bet is 36x.


Play Roulette at Unibet

Unibet offers a wide range of roulette tables in both our Casino and Live Casino. The Casino versions replicate the look and feel of a land-based roulette table but in 2D animated format. They produce a string of random results using RNG technology as you would find with a human dealer. For beginners, they are a great way to start your roulette journey as you can play with small stakes and place bets in your own time.

In the Live Casino, Unibet brings players a selection of modern roulette tables with exciting bonus features and enhanced win potential. These include the exclusive Unibet Lightning Roulette where multipliers worth up to 500x can be applied to straight-up number bets. In XXXtreme Lightning Roulette the top win is boosted up to 2,000x, whilst a live gameshow format is used to present PowerUP Roulette that includes five bonus rounds and additional chances to win big.