< Beginner Guide to Online Roulette


Looking for an easy-to-learn table game in our online casino? Roulette is a great starting point. There are no complicated rules to learn, and you can win up to 35X your bet. We’ve made it easy to get started by compiling a comprehensive guide on how to play roulette. We’ll go over everything from the bets you can place to the odds of winning, and give you a few tips, so you start on the right foot. 





Introduction to Roulette

Roulette includes a numbered wheel, a ball, and a betting layout. In a live casino, a croupier takes bets on the betting layout before launching the ball around the spinning wheel; however, when you play roulette online, our software takes care of that. All you need to do is place your bets on the virtual layout and hit the “Spin” button. The ball will be launched around the wheel automatically and will eventually settle onto a numbered slot. If you happened to bet that number, it’s payday. The amount you win depends on the type of bet you placed.


Bets range from $1 to $500 per round in our casino, making roulette accessible to bankrolls of all sizes. These bets fall into one of two categories: outside bets, which cover wide ranges of numbers, and inside bets, which cover small clusters of numbers. The outside bets are great for conservative gamblers, as they offer the most security, which is balanced by lower payouts. Meanwhile, the inside bets are suited to people who like the possibility of winning big—despite the lower odds. We’ll go over each bet in both categories and include the bets payouts.


Outside Bets

  • Red/Black: The betting layout includes a red and black diamond. The red diamond covers all the red numbers on the board, and the black diamond covers all the black numbers on the board. These bets have close to a 50/50 success rate and pay even-money. 

  • Even/Odd: Beside the red and black diamonds are betting squares for Even and Odd numbers. These bets also pay even-money.

  • Low/High: Beside the Even/Odd squares, you’ll see a spot to bet 1-18 (the lower spectrum of numbers on the board), and 19-36 (the higher spectrum of numbers on the board). These bets pay even-money.  

  • Dozen Bets: The 36 numbers on the roulette board can be divided into three dozens: 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12. A successful dozen bet doubles your money. 

  • Column Bets: The 36 numbers on the roulette betting board are arranged in three columns. Bet on any of the three columns for a 2:1 payout.


Inside Bets

  • Straight: Betting on a single number is a straight bet. This is the riskiest and highest-paying bet on the board. It has a hefty 35:1 payout.

  • Split: Bet on two neighbouring numbers by clicking the line that divides them. This bet pays 17:1.

  • Street: Bet on a row of three numbers by clicking the line at the end of the row. This bet pays 11:1.

  • Corner: For a chance to win an 8:1 payout, bet on any four numbers that form a square on the betting layout.  

  • Line: Two rows of numbers that are side by side on the betting layout form a Line bet, which pays 5:1.


Different Roulette Games and Versions Available at Bodog

One of the best parts of playing roulette online is the selection. Whereas most land-based casinos offer one or two roulette games, Bodog Casino offers four unique ways to play roulette. There are two versions of both European and American Roulette—one classic roulette version that feels like you’re in a traditional casino setting, and one modern version that’s ideal for smartphones and anyone who prefers a more streamlined experience. French bets such as the Tiers du Cylindre and Orphans can be accessed only through the Classic European Roulette. 


No matter what version of roulette you’re playing, you have the option to play with real money and the option to play for free. As you learn how to play roulette, you may want to use the Practice Play mode until you get comfortable with the game. Then it’s time to switch over to Real Play mode because roulette just isn’t as exciting when you can’t win real cash. 


Roulette Strategy

Betting systems are popular with roulette, as you can make bets that are close to 50/50; however, these systems should be used with caution. The most popular and oldest-running system is the Martingale, which advises doubling bets after every loss. Based on this method, once you hit a winning round, you’ll have won back all your lost bets and be ahead one bet. The reason this system should be used with caution is that a losing streak can rip through a bankroll before hitting that needed win. For example, it would take only six rounds to go through $630 dollars if you started doubling on a $5 bet, and a six-round losing streak is possible. This method only works with an unlimited bankroll. 


A safer way to manage your bankroll for roulette is to pre-determine how much money you want to spend on your roulette session and divide that money into units. That way you know exactly how many rounds of roulette you can afford. Just be sure to end your session when you reach that limit. There will always be more opportunities to play roulette in the future—especially if you effectively manage your bankroll.


Roulette Odds and Tips

In roulette, there are 10 bets to choose from, and each bet has its own unique odds of winning. The bets with the best odds of winning are the ones that are close to 50/50—these are the odd/even, red/black and high/low bets. On the other end of the spectrum, the bet with the lowest odds of winning is the straight bet, which is a bet on one number. People make straight bets despite the low odds because the 35:1 payout compensates for the risk. For the odds of winning each roulette bet, see the list below.


Outside Bets

  • Red/Black: 48.6% for European Roulette, 47.4% American Roulette
  • Even/Odd: 48.6% for European Roulette, 47.4% American Roulette
  • Low/High: 48.6% for European Roulette, 47.4% American Roulette
  • Dozen Bets: 32.4% for European Roulette, 31.6% for American Roulette
  • Column Bets: 32.4% for European Roulette, 31.6% for American Roulette


Inside Bets

  • Straight: 2.7% for European Roulette, 2.6% for American Roulette
  • Split: 5.4% for European Roulette, 5.3% for American Roulette
  • Street: 8.1% for European Roulette, 7.9% for American Roulette
  • Corner: 10.8% for European Roulette, 10.5% for American Roulette
  • Basket: 13.16%—American Roulette only
  • Line: 16.2% for European Roulette, 15.8% for American Roulette


Call Bets for Classic European Roulette

  • Voisins du Zéro: 45.9%—European Roulette only
  • Tiers du Cylindre: 32.4%—European Roulette only
  • Orphans: 21.6%—European Roulette only


As you’ll notice in the odds listed above, there are key differences between American Roulette and European Roulette, which leads to our No. 1 tip: Go for European Roulette when you have the option. European Roulette has numbers 0-36, whereas American Roulette has numbers 00-36. Without the inclusion of the “00” on the board, European Roulette has a lower house edge than its American counterpart. You’re looking at a 2.7% house edge for the European version vs. a 5.26% one for the American version. 


If your only option is to play American Roulette, avoid the Basket bet. This five-number bet covers numbers 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, and is the only bet with a different house edge than the standard 5.26% for the rest of the American Roulette bets. The Basket bet has a 7.89% house edge.

All the bets in European Roulette, whether you’re playing the classic or modern version, have identical house edges of 2.7%. When figuring out what to bet, you want to balance the odds of winning with the payout. If you’re looking for something in the middle of the two extremes, consider going for the Orphans on the Classic European Roulette wheel. This bet has a 21.6% win rate, and the payout is 17:1 or 35:1 depending on which number wins. 

Knowing how to read a roulette wheel is the first step to becoming a roulette aficionado, so be sure to scan the green numbers to see whether or not the “00” is included.


Understanding the differences between inside bets and outside bets is the second step, and now you know that the inside bets have the potential to win big, while the outside bets offer security. Toss in some foreign call bets, like the Tiers du Cylindre, and you’ll be a full-fledged roulette expert.