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Roulette Table Layout

The roulette table is a colorful addition to the casino floor, with unique features every roulette player needs to know. In it's most basic form the table layout is a rectangle stretching from the roulette wheel at one end, to the column bets at the other. One side and end of the table is dedicated to players, in most cases it's standing room only. The other side is the dealers domain, and only they may enter. Online of course it's a little different, you only need to know enough about the roulette table layout to place a bet.

Roulette Table Layout

If you've read our 'how to play roulette' section then you're already familiar with the two basic kind of bets that exist, the inside bets and the outside bets. The layout of a roulette table falls neatly around these bets. There are basically two sections, an inner section that contains each individual instance of the numbers present on the wheel, and an outside section that has betting areas which correspond to a characteristic of each number, as opposed to the number itself. So inside bets are basically bets that a specific number will come up, and outside bets are bets that a specific type of number will come up (red/black, odd/even, first twelve/last twelve).

Let's look at the outside of the table layout first. On most standard American roulette tables (no worries, European tables are the same, except for the newly popular version, French roulette, which we'll look at a little later on.) you will find options for betting on the first, second, or third block of 12 numbers, the first or second half of the numbers (1-18, or 19-36), red or black, and even or odd numbers. Additionally you can place column bets. Column bets are located at the thin end of the inner block of numbers. There are three bets, each corresponding to a column of numbers from the inner block. For example one column bet is a bet that 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31 or 34 will come up. These bets pay back at 2:1.

On the inside there is an individual square for each number present on the wheel. You can place bets on these numbers individually, or bridge them together in a number of different ways. To learn more about placing your bets in roulette, read our roulette odds and betting page.

A new form of roulette, which as far as I can tell is no different than it's regular counterpart with the exception of a new roulette table layout, is gaining a name for itself as French roulette. Each of the bets you would expect to see on a regular table are indeed present, they are just shuffled around the board in a different manner. I haven't had the chance to play on one of these tables in real life myself, next time I get to Europe I guess, but it looks like they have simply made both sides of the board accessible to players. Normally the dealers occupy one length of the table, but with a French roulette table layout dealers are confined to an area nearer the wheel, and players can stand around the entire table. I imagine this gives the game a little more of a party atmosphere, similar to craps.

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