Terminology: Roulette basics


Spun through the many centuries since its birth, Roulette has well and truly made its mark, with players across the world seeking to spin the wheel in person or online on a daily basis.

Thanks to modern technology, the iconic wheel is more accessible than ever before – you can now spin the Roulette wheel anywhere you find yourself in the world, whilst connected to a strong internet connection. With this, new players are signing up daily to casino provider platforms and being introduced to the iconic game.

For those playing online casino Roulette for the first time, or possibly the hundredth, there are some words, phrases and terminology you may not fully know – therefore, we’ve put together a quick guide of some Roulette terminology, to get you feeling like a pro in no time with the Roulette lingo!

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American Roulette

A variant of Roulette, most popular in North, Central and South America. This variant consists of 38 pockets – 1-36, a single zero (0) and a double zero (00).


A term used when a player places all their money on one bet.

Column Bet

A bet consisting of a betting chip(s) placed on one of the twelve-number columns within the table layout.

Corner Bet

A bet consisting of a betting chip(s) placed on the corner of four adjacent numbers – one bet covers all four numbers.


Another word for a dealer. This is the person who operates the wheel, opens and closes the betting window, and pays out winning bets.


A Roulette strategy named after the French mathematician Jean de Rond d’Alembert.


Refers to the doll-like marker placed onto the table, within the winning number box, to help signify where the ball landed and the outcome of the game. This remains in place until all winnings are paid to players.

Double Zero

Only to be found within the American variant of Roulette. The double zero can be found on the wheel within a green pocket marked 00, and on the Roulette table, at the top of the number layout.

European Roulette

The European variant of Roulette is more commonly played in the UK and across Europe and Asia, consisting of 37 pockets – numbers 1-36 and a single zero (0).

Final Schnaps

The name given when a bet is placed on 11, 22 and 33.

Inside Bet

A bet placed inside the numbered area of the Roulette table is referred to as an inside bet.

Outside bet

A group of bets that require betting chips to be placed outside the number layout area of the table. These consist of even-money bets such as Black / Red, Odd / Even and High / Low.


The area within the Roulette wheel where the ball might land. Each pocket contains a number from 0 – 36, alternating in colours. Numbers 1 – 36 will alternate between red and black, whereas the zero and double zero, if playing the American variant, can be found in a green pocketed compartment.