Roulette Rules

Written by Seth Cotterell
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Like any game of chance, Roulette has certain rules that must be adhered to. Especially since money is at stake, it is extremely important for gamblers to be familiar with the rules and etiquette expected of players in real and virtual casinos. The rules are fairly simple, and learning them ahead of time can help you avoid any potential embarrassments or misunderstandings.

First, realize that you are not in competition with the other players. Most Roulette games accommodate up to eight players, and each player plays against the dealer only. Each player has his or her own color chips so as not to confuse bets. If you win a spin, you cash your color chip in for a cash chip of a specific value.

Roulette Rules

If you place an even money bet, there is a special rule for certain outcomes known as the "En Prison" rule. This means that if the ball lands on zero, you can either take back your bet or leave it for another spin. Leaving it in place for another spin leaves it in prison, hence the name of the rule.

Another rule you need to know is the so called 'La Partage' rule. This is virtually similar to the En Prison rule, but in this case you lose half your bet and you cannot leave the remainder in prison, or out for another spin. If you place an outside even money bet and the ball lands on zero, the La Partage rule applies.

There are also rules of etiquette that you must follow. You must place your bet before the spinner, known as a croupier, calls out "No more bets." Once the croupier stops betting, under no circumstances should you attempt to touch your chips. Your bet is firm and you cannot change it once 'no more bets' has been called.


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