Be Impressive Around The Roulette Table At ECR 2018
Our second edition of ECR is fast approaching and we’re preparing by brushing up on our roulette skills. With this handy Roulette Dictionary, you’ll learn to speak like a pro around the table, no matter if you’re new to the game or have rocked the roulette wheel before.
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Know The Most Common Roulette Betting Terms
Before we go into the nitty-gritty of roulette terms, we have picked out the most important for easy reading: The bets:
The Column bet is, you guessed it, a bet placed on any column of numbers. The roulette table has three columns of numbers to bet on. To bet simply place your chip in the section marked 2:1 on the column you want. Since this bet covers more numbers it has a higher chance of winning and therefore only pays out two times your stake.
The Corner, or Square bet is placed on any four numbers in a block. To make a Corner bet you place your chip on the cross section between the four numbers. This type of bet can win you eight times your stake.
Similar to the Column bet, the Dozen bet has you bet on 12 numbers, though instead of in columns, you bet on them in groupings based on the numbers: 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36. To place a Dozen bet simply pick the number range you want and place your chips on one of the spots saying 1st 12, 2nd 12 or 3rd 12. Similar to the Column bet, this bet pays out two times your bet.
Bets that are placed on numbers, or rows on numbers, in the inside area of the table are known as inside bets. When looking at the table this would be the section with numbers from 0 to 26. Inside bets usually offer higher payout ratios.
Also known as a Six-Line bet, the Line bet is a bet on any six numbers in two horizontal rows and pays out five times your stake. To place a Line bet you place your chip on the intersecting line between two Streets*.
Outside bets are the opposite of Inside bets and cover all bets outside the numbered portion of the roulette table. These include red/black bets, odd/even bets and Dozen bets to mention a few. Outside bets tend to have a higher probability, however the payout they offer is much lower than Inside bets.
The Split Bet covers two adjacent numbers on the table. To make a Split bet, place the chip on the intersecting line between the two numbers. Any win on a Split bet pays out 17 times your stake.
This is any bet that is placed on a single number, including 0 or even 00 in American Roulette. This bet has the best payout odds, giving you 35 times your stake if the ball lands on your number.
A Street Bet is any bet on three numbers in a horizontal line, for example 1, 2 and 3, and is made by placing your chip by the line at the beginning of the street. This bet can win you 11 times your bet.
The ECR Roulette Dictionary
Though ECR uses European (also known as French) Roulette, it can be handy to know the differences between American Roulette and its European counterpart. In American Roulette the wheel has 38 pockets where the ball can land. On top of the usual 0 to 36 numbers, the American wheel also contains a double zero (00). This also means the house edge is slightly higher on American Roulette since there is an extra pocket.
No, unfortunately this doesn’t mean going back in time, though we would love it if we had this super power around the roulette table. Instead this is the name given to the outer part of the wheel, where the croupier spins the ball.
Another part of the roulette wheel is the Bottom Track. This is the inner sloping area where the ball enters before landing in the pockets and the wheel head.
Want to be a bit fancy when challenging the wheel? Carre is most commonly used when playing French Roulette and is the same as a Corner bet.
Another term used in French Roulette is Cheval, which is what we also call a Split Bet. It just sounds a bit cooler and like we’re part of an old noir film that way.
Simply speaking Cold and Hot numbers are just terms given to the numbers based on how often they appear as the winning number. If a number is often a winner it’s called a hot number and vice versa. Some people believe that focusing on Hot and Cold numbers can increase your winning chances, but this isn’t necessarily the case.
Another French term used in the French variant of Roulette, Colonne is another term for the column bet, meaning any bet placed on a column of numbers.
The croupier in Roulette is the “dealer” who handles the bets and winnings as well as spinning the wheel. The croupier is often also the person calling out when betting is opened or closed. “No more bets please!”
Another word in French Roulette is En Prison and is used on even-money wagers. Certain casinos let the players choose whether to claim half their bet or leave it for another round if the ball lands on zero. If they choose to leave it and the ball lands on zero again the bet is lost.
This is the type of Roulette you’ll be playing at ECR. Considered the original form of the game, European Roulette is usually found in Europe and Asia. Unlike American Roulette, this form of roulette only uses one zero (0). European Roulette is said to be better for the player as it has a lower house edge.
Finales En Plein
Translated in English to “Finals” this betting type means that you bet on numbers ending in the same digit with a straight up bet on each. Examples would be if your number is 0 you bet on 0, 10, 20 and 30.
This is the calculated “edge” or percentage that the casino has over the players when it comes to winning probability.
This French term is similar to the previously mentioned “En Prison” rule since both let you keep half your wager should the ball land on zero. The only real difference is that you can’t continue by leaving the wager for the next spin. The La Partage rule only comes into play with even-money bets, just like the En Prison rule.
Le Tiers Du Cylindre
Known in English as “The Third of the Wheel”, this bet is placed on numbers 27 to 33 and is also a section of the wheel. These numbers are neighbours in pairs of two also on the table layout.
Also known as the “Neighbours’ Bet” this bet is usually used in certain types of French Roulette and covers bets on a number on the wheel and covering the two number right next to it (left and right).
The Orphelins bet is once more a bet on a section of the wheel, this time covering numbers 1, 20, 14, 31 and 9. Like the other wheel related bets these numbers are neighbours on the wheel, but “orphans” as they are far away from each other on the table.
This bet sounds and is similar to the Les Orphelins bet, however it covers different numbers. A bet placed on 17, 34 and 6 is known as an Orphans bet. Like Orphelins the numbers are neighbours on the wheel but far away from each other on the table.
If you double your bet for the next round after a win, this can be called a Parlay.
Ever seen the round race track looking design on the roulette table? This is actually known as the “Racetrack”. Designed to mimic the number placement on the wheel it can be very useful when placing call bets. This ‘Racetrack’ also lets you bet on Voisins du Zéro, Tiers du Cylindre, and Orphans bets.
Voisins du Zéro
Finally, this French term can be loosely translated into the “neighbours of zero”. As the name suggests, this is a term used for the numbers placed next to the zero on a wheel, and also a bet in French Roulette.
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