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Roulette Terms

American roulette

The wheel has 38 pockets numbered 1 to 36, 0 and 00

Backtrack

The outer rim on the roulette wheel where the ball spins. Also known as the ball-track.

Biased wheels

A flawed roulette wheel resulting in the same number appearing over and over again.

Big Number

A number that is hit more than others. Theoretically this is impossible and therefore indicates a biased wheel.

Black action

A player bets with a black chip worth $100

Black Bet

Player bets the ball will land on a black pocket.

Bottom Track

Inner line on a roulette wheel where the ball slides before bouncing from the wheel into a pocket.

Carre´

A corner bet in French

Chameleon Strategy

Where a player will follow a winnings persons tactics and bets hoping they’ll win.

Chasing Loses

When a player has lost a lot and they start betting more in the hope of winning back their loss.

Check rack

The amount paid back to the player if they win. For example if the payout is 99% and you play with $1 you´ll win $0.99 and the casino takes $0.01.

Cheval

This is found on the slot machines. It shows how much money you can win and what the winning combinations are.

Choppy game

The program used by casinos to ensure all slot machine wins are random.

Column bet

A bet placed on 1 of the 3 columns.

Corner bet

A bet placed on 4 numbers, this is done by the chip being placed in the middle of the 4 numbers

Croupier

Land based casino employee that runs and operates the roulette table

Double zero or 00

An additional pocket available only in American Roulette

Dozen bet

A bet placed on any of the 3 groups consisting of 12 numbers each

En prison rule

Wild symbols can represent any symbols and increases the player´s chance of winning.

European roulette

The wheel has 37 pockets, 1 to 36 and 0.

Even Bet

The player bets the ball will land on an even number

Five number bet

A bet placed in American roulette where the player bets on five numbers e.g. 0, 00, 1, 2, 3 at the same time

House edge

The profit the casino makes on the games

High bet

A bet placed on a group of high numbers from 19 to 36

Inside bet

A bet placed on a number inside the table layout.

La partage rule

Almost the same as “en prison” except the player cannot keep half the bet for the next spin. The player can only take back half of the initial bet.

Low bet

A bet placed on small numbers 1 – 8

Martingale System

A system where players place even bets and double-up on their losses in an attempt to win back what they lost.

Non Value Chip

A roulette chip where the value depends on the amount of chips taken into the game.

Odd Bet

A bet placed that the ball will land on an odd number

Orphelins (Orphans)

A bet found in European casinos. Where the player bets on 3 numbers that are close to each other on wheel e.g. 6, 3, 17.

Outside bet

A bet place on odd, even, black, red, high or low numbers

Parlay

A betting system where previous bets are left and a few new ones are added for the next spin.

Payout or Pay Out

The winnings paid to the player by the casino.

Pinching

The illegal removing of a players chips from the table when the ball gas landed.

Quarter bet

A bet placed on 4 numbers (also known as a Corner or Square bet).

Red bet

A bet placed on all red numbers.

Roulette layout

The table layout including, numbered grids, colors and where a player can place their bets.

Roulette strategy

A strategy used by players to increase their odds and decrease their losses.

Roulette table

A table consisting of the layout and the roulette wheel.

Roulette wheel

The wheel used that is made up of numbered pockets. It moves clockwise and stops when the ball which is going anti-clockwise lands on a pocket.

Single zero roulette

European roulette

Six number bet

A bet placed 6 numbers that are close to each other on the table

Sixainne

Six line bet in French

Split bet

The bet is divided between 2 close numbers on the table

Straight bet

An unlimited amounts of bets placed on a single number.

Straight Up bet

A bet placed on only a single number.

Street bet

A bet placed on 3 numbers.

Surrender rule

Also known as the “En prison” rule

Tiers du cylinder

The French term for a bet placed on a group of numbers that are close together

Transversale

Street bet in French

Voisins du Zero

A French term referring to a bet placed on a group of numbers close to the 0 pocket on the wheel

Visual Wheel Tracking

A technique used where a player tries to predict where the ball will land based on watching the ball spin.

Wheel Clocking

Watching the wheel looking for any patterns

The part of the wheel with numbered pockets

Wheel roller

A croupier or dealer at the table

 

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