Playing American roulette is no different than playing any other version. The premise of the game is the same with bets being made on various outcomes of where the ball will land once coming to a stop on the roulette wheel. In this version, there are 36 numbers, plus a single and double zero. The wheel itself shows each of those numbers, alternating in red and black, with the zeros being shown in green.
Prior to the wheel spinning, all players will place bets on the available numbers. This can be done in several ways, either as single digit bets or a combination of numbers, which can be in groups of two, four, or eight. In addition to the regular numbered bets, the option to place wagers on columns, blocks of twelve numbers, red/black or odd/even can be made. Once thesis completed the wheel is spun and the results shown, those with winning bets will be paid based on the odds shown. In this version, single digit wins are paid 35-1, with the remaining betting options ranging from 5-1, 6-1, 8-1, 11-1, and 17-1 for inside bets and 1-1 and 2-1 for outside bets. The only limitations to placing bets is the table limits, meaning you have the option to cover multiple bets on the roulette board at your discretion or strategy you are employing.
The rules are easy to understand once you begin playing it. Betting on a single digit is referred to as a straight bet. This applies to any bet placed on a single number on the roulette board. Split bets are those that are made on any two joining numbers, these pay 17-1 and are an ideal choice for bankroll protection and is generally a good choice from a strategic point of view.
Street, trio, and three number bets is where you place bets on a specific row of numbers. This can be the first, second or third row or two of the three, considering it pays 2-1, it is a good option to consider for a positive outcome. Square and four number bets are those that apply to a particular square or a group of four numbers; these pay 8-1 for a positive square or four number result. Five-number bet are a little more complicated for the average player and consist of betting on the 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3. If a positive result comes in, it pays 6-1.
Outside bets relate to red/black, and odd/even bets. These are ideal for bankroll management as if placing bets on the inside, and failing to win; those outside bets can allow you to remain in the game while waiting for an inside bet to pay off. Red or black pays even 1-1 as does odd or even. While the gain is small, it is still a wise side bet to place. Placing bets on columns applies to the first, second and third column. If the ball lands on any of those numbers, it will pay 2-1, and the same applies to a dozen bet, it too pays 2-1.