Roulette Terms and Slang
Learn the lingo before you hit the tables!
Make sure you know all of your roulette terms before hitting the tables! You’ll find all of the slang in this glossary.
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Roulette has a long history and has been the subject of many myths and legends, so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of roulette terms, jargon and slang associated with the game.
If you take a look at the site, you’ll soon get to grips with it, but if you need a quick introduction to the more common jargon that you’ll come across, then have a read through our glossary of roulette slang terms.
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If you feel a bit intimidated playing on a roulette wheel in a casino, start off on the lower denomination chip tables. The chances are that less people will be expert players as people will be there for a flutter. Start off with an easy bet like red/black and then just observe what is going on – you’ll soon get used to it. Another good tip is to start off playing online on a live table (say Dragonara Roulette which is a Dual table, online and offline). You can get comfortable with the different bets from home.
The inner track of the wheel that the ball falls into as it loses its momentum, just before it hits the pockets.
Covering a block of numbers on the roulette betting area. Note- this does not mean that the numbers are in a block on the wheel.
Fraudulent bet where you add more chips to a winning bet after “No More Bets” has been called.
Card Roulette is a variant that uses a standard pack of playing cards with 2 jokers. The house edge is between European and American roulette.
A Corner Bet on a French table.
Chase Your Losses
Bet bigger and bigger on a sequence of losses to try and recoup your losses. Not a sensible strategy for any period of time. You are better off Cutting Your Losses. The Martingale Strategy is a form of Loss Chasing. It can work in short bursts, but be careful.
A Split Bet in French Roulette.
Roulette chips are different from normal chips. They are not marked and come in different colours and usually come in one denomination, eg $10. This is to help the croupier work out whose chips are whose. The Ohio roulette Scam made use of this practice to con casinos out of their money.
A method of predicting where the ball will land (or zone that it will land in) based on the balls speed and trajectory. This is often done with an electronic device. This practice is banned in casinos, but that doesn’t stop players trying to employ it to gain an edeg over the casino.
Numbers that haven’t come up for at least 37 spins. Also Cold Table- where the house is winning.
A wheel and table where the players seem to be losing more than they are winning.
A Column Bet on a French table.
A bet that covers almost one third of the wheel and which pays out 2-1.
When a casino gives yo something for free, like a suite or a free bonus in the case of online casinos.
A bet with multiple chips surrounding an individual number, so also covering the Outside Bets including that number. It’s a hedging strategy.
A bet on four numbers- your chip is placed at the corner of the numbers- this bet pays 8-1, with a 10.8% probability of winning on European Roulette. Also Carre in French roulette. Also Square Bet or Quarter Bet.
The person who takes the bets, spins the wheel and pays out the winnings. French for dealer.
More exotic bets such as the Voisins Du Zero bet. So called, because you “call” them out at a casino, usually when the wheel is spinning. Mostly made up of Sector Bets.
The Martingale, where you double your bet after a loss.
A pocket you only get on American roulette wheels. European Roulette only has one zero pocket and a lower house edge.
A Dozen Bet on a French wheel
A bet, very similar to a Column Bet. There are three dozens:1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36.
The amount deposited by a player.
A straight up bet on one number. “In Full”
This is one of those roulette terms that is often misunderstood. A rule in French Roulette where, when you have placed an even-money bet and the number 0 comes up, your bet rides over to the next spin In effect, you get an extra spin.
If you lose a second time, you forfeit your bet, but if you win you get your bet back (but not the winnings). This take the house edge on even money bets down to just 1.35%.
Even Money Bet
An Outside Bet (like red or black) that pays out 1:1. Plus you get your original bet back.
Uses a wheel with only one zero pocket. This variant can be hard to find in some casino in Las Vegas. You should always look for it in preference to American roulette if you are playing online.
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A negative progression (increase your bets after a loss) that follows a Fibonacci Sequence, ie 1,1,2,3,5,8 or multiples thereof
Five Number Bet
A bet covering the 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. Found only in American roulette- avoid it! The odds are terrible.
Betting the same amount, every spin.
A variant of European Roulette which may offer La Partage or the “en prison rule“. The table layout is slightly different and the names of the sectors are in French.
A wheel that has been rigged by the casino.
A player who is a big tipper
Bet with $25 chips
The zero and double zero slots on the roulette wheel.
A scammer or cheater.
A casino with low betting limits- more likely to be found in Downtown Las Vegas than on The Strip, for example.
Attention from the casino management if you are winning too much.
High or Low
An even money bet on all the low numbers (1-18: low) or all the high numbers (19-36).
Someone who bets a large amount of money. Also known as a Whale.
Or the Percentage. The percentage of the Drop that the casino keeps.
On a winning streak.
Numbers that hit more frequently than they should based on probability. Also Golden Numbers.
A wheel and table where more people seem to be winning than losing
One of the most useful roulette terms to understand as it will guide you in which roulette variant to play.
How much the casino expects to make, on average, on every bet, usually expressed as a percentage. Over the course of an day, the casino can run at a loss (negative house edge), but if you take an average of multiple players over an extended period of time, they would expect to see a positive House Edge or advantage.
An Odd Bet on a French table
Bets made on the inside of the betting grid (as opposed to Outside Bets like red/black etc). So single number bets, corner bets etc would all count as Inside Bets.
One of our favourite rules, most often found on French Wheels. On Even Money bets, you get half your bet back if the ball lands in the zero pocket. This rule minimises the house edge to 1.3% 9approaching blackjack).
A bet on six numbers, 2 lines of 3 numbers on the betting grid. Pays out 5-1, with a 16% chance of winning.
A Low Bet (1-18) on a French wheel.
The croupier uses a Marker to confirm the winning number after each spin. New bets for the next spin cannot be placed until the market has been removed.
A famous system where you double your bet after a losing bet to claw back into profit. Be careful with this system- can ramp up quickly.
A roulette variant mostly seen online, but also in some land based casinos. Instead of 37 pockets, you have 13 (1-12 plus the zero). Check the house edge as it is often higher than standard roulette.
A second croupier on a roulette table during busy times. Her or she helps with chips and double checks the dealer’s maths and helps to pay out the winning bets.
A system where you increase your bet after a loss. Examples include the Martingale, the Fibonacci and the Super Martingale.
A bet (normally from 3 numbers) centred on one number. You can increase the amount of neighbours you want to play off each number. The most fmous Neighbour’s bet is Voisins du Zero (Neighbours of Zero).
See Black Bet above
No Zero Roulette
Pretty rare – a roulette wheel with no zero and no house edge. You may find them on promotional games.
A bet on all the odd numbers. Pays 1:1.
A bet on three numbers that are close together on the wheel but not on the table layout.
A methodology of laying bets at the table. Many systems claim to improve your odds in roulette. Don’t believe the hype. Systems can be a useful way of playing to a plan, but they will not lower the house edge.
A streak of events, like 4 blacks in a row, or 2 of the same dozens in a row.
A group of numbers within a sector of a wheel, also called a Neighbours bet.
Diving the wheel into hot and cold zones. The ultimate aim of a players trying to spot biased wheels.
A bet numbers on the roulette betting surface is called a street. These bets pay out at 11-1 and have an 8% chance of winning. Also Trio Bet.
Similar to en prison, where your bet rides over for another spin if the ball lands in zero when you make an even money bet, like odd/even. Played on some American Roulette wheels. Or you get half your money bet (like la Partage rule).
A stingy tipper, one with mothballs in his wallet. Opposite to a George.
Toke – or Zuks
These are the dealer’s tips. Tokes go into the Toke box.
Competitions where you compete for a prize against other players (eg Unibet Roulette tourneys). The top positioned players on the leaderboard win a share of the pot.
A Street Bet on a French wheel
Triple Bet, Trio Bet
See Street Bet
Visual Wheel Tracking
One of those roulette terms for the shoe computer brigade.
Measuring the spin velocity and characteristics of a roulette wheel to get an edge. This often involves computing power.