Roulette Table Layout: Key Features Explained

Although the essence of Roulette is simple and chance-based, the betting pattern is extremely diverse, enabling the players to fluctuate between the risk levels and be as precise or as broad as they wish.

The Roulette table accommodates multiple betting variations, classifying the available options as Inside and Outside bets, with the house edge determined by the Roulette variant (double-zero American or single-zero European). The bets are categorized according to their Roulette table position, with the Outside betting fields placed at the side of the inner area which holds 1-36 numbers. The same bets are circling the numbers in the French Roulette table layout.

Outside Bets

Outside bets (listed and described in the table below) are selected by those who prefer a certain degree of consistency over the payout rate. This particular category has a much lower payout ratio, however, the rate at which these bets occur is significantly higher, making them the optimal choice for those who are looking for profit, rather than risk.

Outside Bets Description Payout Double Zero Roulette Single Zero Roulette
Even &Odd Any Even/Odd number 1:1 5.26% 2.63%
Black &Red Colour 1:1 5.26% 2.63%
High 18 19-36 numbers 1:1 5.26% 2.63%
Low 18 1-18 numbers 1:1 5.26% 2.63%
Dozen 12 numbers in a row 2:1 5.26% 2.63%
Column 12 number in a column 2:1 5.26% 2.63%

Inside Bets

Riskier, but potentially more profitable stakes, Inside bets are concentrated inside the grid and distinguished as Straight Up, Split, Street, Corner, and Double Street. The American variant introduces an extra option called the Basket, as represented in the table below:

Inside Bets Description Payout Double Zero Roulette Single Zero Roulette
Straight Up Single number 35:1 5.26% 2.63%
Split 2 linked numbers 17:1 5.26% 2.63%
Street 3 linked numbers 18:1 5.26% 2.63%
Corner 4 linked numbers 8:1 5.26% 2.63%
Double Street Any 6 numbers 5:1 5.26% 2.63%
Basket 0,00,1,2&3 6:1 7.89%

Racetrack Betting

Rookies and casual observers dawdling around Roulette tables have probably noticed an elliptic betting area called the Racetrack. This layout enables the players to keep track of group bets and can be just as easily removed from an online Roulette table.

The Racetrack is usually found behind the third column of numbers, on the side of the Inside bets grid that’s not “closed” by the Outside betting outlines. Using the track will facilitate the betting process for all those who wager on a group of bets, and instead of arranging your chips across the table, you can simply take advantage of the Racetrack and the so-called Call bets.  There are four sections inside the tracks, each dedicated to a certain group of numbers:

  • Tiers du Cylindre – 12 numbers covered by the 6 chips, each placed on the dividing line between two fields (5/8, 10/1, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, 33/36). The payout rate is 17:1;
  • Les Orphelins – a range of 8 numbers: 3, 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, and 31/34. The payout rate is the same as with the Straight Up bet – 35:1;
  • Voisins du Zero – a betting pattern that covers 17 numbers with chips placed on 0/2/3, 4/7, 12/15, 18/2, 19/22, 25/26/28/29, 32/35. The payout value is the same as with the Tiers du Cylindre;
  • Jeu Zero – covers the group of 7 numbers and has 35:1 payout rate; the 4 chips should mark 0/3, 12/15, 28, 32/35;

Online players will also be able to use the Racetrack outline for placing Neighboring bets. To do that, simply select the Neighboring bet option and place your chip on one of the numbers. The two fields both left and right from the marked number will be automatically covered by your bet – so, a total of 5 numbers.

Roulette Wheel

Roulette table layout cannot be analyzed without referencing the Roulette Wheel; just like the tables, the Wheels are distinguished by the game variant and can either have 37 pockets (single zero variants) or 38 pockets (double zero variants).

Roulette Wheel can also be divided into segments:

  • Jeu 0, which refers to the numbers surrounding 0: 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15;
  • Voisins du Zero, which is another set of numbers around zero, only with larger diameter: 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, and 25;
  • Orphelines, “orphan” group of numbers that include 1, 20, 14, 9, 17, 34, 6;
  • Tiers du Cylindre, or the third of the wheel, covers 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33;

As you can see, all of the bets above were already explained in the previous section, when discussing the Racetrack. Once you visualize the Wheel’s segments, the Racetrack betting area will make much more sense, especially for the players who track the ball movement, trying to determine the most frequent landing area. When you decide to place your bet on a specific part of the Wheel, using the Racetrack will significantly facilitate your manoeuvring across the Roulette table and pretty much eliminate the need for using the main betting area.

Online Roulette Table Features

There are also a few Roulette table features typical for online Roulette variants, which should be mentioned as they are an integral part of most platforms. Although technically not part of the table, the statistics, and Hot/Cold number trackers are unavoidable features of almost all online Roulette games – virtual and live.

The tracker is presented as a sequence of numbers that have had the most frequent occurrence rate as well as those with the lowest hit frequency. The table is updated after every spinning sessions, and a lot of players use it as a decision-making factor for their next bet.