American Roulette rules

April 15, 2017

Object of the game

Roulette is played by spinning a small ball on a round wheel. When the wheel stops, the ball comes to rest in one of the numbered slots.

Object of the game is to predict which number out of possible 38 the ball will land on.

American Roulette wheel

American Roulette wheel has thirty-eight numbers, including 1 to 36, a 0 ("zero") and a 00 ("double zero"). Another name for American roulette is "Double zero roulette".

If you would like to find out more about distribution of numbered slots on American roulette wheel, read American Roulette Wheel Diagram.

Table layout and possible bets

Table layout for American roulette is similar to European one, but have an extra field for double zero. Read about other differences on Table layout

Player has the option to bet on:

  • Certain number
  • Combination of numbers
  • Pick whether the number will be red or black, even or odd.

Explanation of possible bets and table layout you can find on American roulette bets.

The size of the payoffs and house edge depend on how the bets were placed.

The "Surrender" rule

This option can be found on some American roulette tables. Outside bets are not lost on a zero and double zero but you lose half of your bet. With this rule the house edge on the even-money bets is only 2.63% compared to 5.26% on other bets.