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Roulette Terms

Talking the talk before walking the walk.

If you plan on playing roulette for real money, you should first become familiar with the most common terms used in the game in order to understand what is going on at the table and also communicate your intentions better.

First off, there are two groups of bets: inside bets and outside bets. Inside bets represent the bets found in the center of the roulette table. These include all the numbers on the wheel and there are more terms used to describe the types of bets found in this category:

  • Straight is the most common as it is a bet placed on one number.
  • Split is a wager on two numbers which are located next to each other on the table. These can be either vertical or horizontal.
  • Street represents a vertical line of three numbers.
  • Corner, also known as square, is made out of four numbers which have a point in common.
  • Six line is a bet on two streets which are next to each other.
  • Trio is only available in the European version and it is a bet on 0 and two of the numbers on the top street.
  • Basket is the term used to represent the first four numbers in a single-zero version.
  • Top line is used in the American version and the bet is on both green pockets and on 1, 2 and 3.

Outside bets represent the options located on the outskirts of the table and the terms used here are:

  • Manque, which represents a bet on the first 18 numbers.
  • Passe – a bet on the last 18 numbers.
  • Rouge eu Noir means red or black and it describes the betting option for the color of the pocket.
  • Pair ou Impair is a bet on an even or odd number.
  • Dozen is a bet placed on 12 consecutive numbers.
  • Column bets feature the 12 numbers located on each of the three vertical lines.
  • Snake is a special dozen bet on the red numbers but without 36.

There are also other terms used in roulette which can be very useful and the most common ones are:

  • American wheel, representing the American version of the game with 38 slots.
  • Boule – a simplified version of the game which uses a small wheel with only 9 numbers and 3 colors.
  • Carre means corner in French
  • Cheval is French of split bet
  • Dolly is the marker used by croupiers to point out the winning number.