Monte Carlo Roulette
In Monte Carlo, roulette is offered at all of the casinos, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino itself and Le Café de Paris, Le Sun Casino and Le Sporting de Monte-Carlo.
The object of roulette, meaning “small wheel”, is to bet successfully on the compartment of a wheel into which a small ball, which is spun around its circumference in an opposite direction to the wheel itself, will come to rest. Players bet on the colour of the compartment and on its number – including its exact number, whether the number will be odd or even, and so forth.
A roulette wheel consists of either 37 or 38 consecutively-numbered compartments, laid out in three columns of 12 spaces each and alternately coloured red and black. The compartments are numbered 1 to 36, with an additional green compartment for 0. In American layouts, an extra compartment for “00” is also included.
Below the numbers are three blank spaces. There are rectangular spaces marked “1st 12”, “2nd 12”, and “3rd 12” nearby. In European-style layouts like those used for Monte Carlo roulette betting, these spaces are called “12p” (première), “12m” (milieu), and “12d” (dernière douzaine).
There are six more spaces marked “red” (rouge), “black” (noir), “even” (pair), “odd” (impair), “1-18” (low, or manque), and finally “19-36” (high, or passe).
A roulette table may include five, six or seven sets of chips, with each set in a different colour so that there is one set for each player. Normally, all chips have the same value.
The most popular versions of Monte Carlo roulette are the English and European variations, although the American version is also played at Le Sun Casino and Le Café de Paris.
The roulette wheel has sections numbered from 0 to 36. When the winning number comes up, the winnings may be as much as 35 times the bet which is played on one, two, three, four, six, twelve, twenty-four numbers, or on single bets. These may be on red, black, even, odd, passe or manque. If the ball falls into the 0 compartment, the single bets lose half their value, unless the player opts to wait for the next throw.
English roulette is similar to European roulette. However, as many as nine players can participate and the table includes three additional sections – “tiers” (6 split bets), “orphelins” (4 split bets and 1 straight-up bet) and “voisins” (playing a specific group of numbers on a section of the wheel adjacent to the 0 with five split bets, one street bet and one corner bet).
American Roulette (Roulette Américaine)
American roulette is faster than the European or English games. A double zero (00) compartment is included in the roulette wheel, with the result that the consecutive numbers are situated directly opposite one other. The player decides on the value of the coloured chips when buying them, and can win from as much as 35 times the amount of the bet according to the stakes. This depends on whether the gambler plays single bets (red, black, even, odd, passe, or manque), double bets (twelves or columns), or 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 numbers. If the ball falls into the 0 or the 00, only the winning bets on these numbers are paid.
For explanations of the types of bets you can place in roulette, see Monte Carlo roulette betting.