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American Roulette is now one of the favorite specialty games at CoolCat Casino. The game consists of a small white ball which is dropped upon a spinning wheel. The point of the game is to place a bet on where you think the ball may land; you can place a bet on color, number or group of numbers and hope that luck is on your side. In American Roulette (online or not), the wheel consists of 38 numbered slots, including a 0 and 00 slots.

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American Roulette is a popular casino game played all over the world with fantastic winning options and an exciting gaming experience. In the game, there is a spinning wheel and a small ball which revolves against the direction of the wheel. Inside the wheel there are 38 numbered slots in red and black colors. The game is all about a player choosing the right number, color or group. The players place their bets on a particular number or a group of numbers either even or odd, or a color.

After the player has chosen his number, the wheel is spun and if the ball takes position in the desired slot, then the player wins. Winning the game depends on the prediction of the player that the ball lands in a particular selected slot.

American Roulette, unlike traditional European Roulette has two more numbers beyond 1-36. These are zero and a double zero.

Betting Options

Basically the game is about betting and weighing the odds because little or nothing can be done in the spinning of the wheel. However, the interesting feature of the game is that there are different betting options in American Roulette. The two major categories of betting are the inside bets and outside bets. Again these bets are divided into different bets.

Bets Significance
Red The numbers in the red colored slots are 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 32, 34, and 36.
Black The numbers in the black slots are 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31, 33, and 35.
Even The even numbers on the American Roulette wheel are 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 and 36.
Odd The odd numbers on the American Roulette wheel are 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33 and 35.
First Twelve The winning number is among the first twelve (1-12) irrespective of the color.
Second Twelve The winning number is among the second twelve (13-24) irrespective of the color.
Third Twelve Irrespective of the color that the number takes, the winning number is among the third twelve (25-36).
1-18 Irrespective of the color, the winning number is among 1-18
19-36 Irrespective of the color, the winning number is from 19-36
2-1 Column There are three 2-1 columns, named after the payout of 2:1 on this bet. The first column has the numbers 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31 and 34. The second column has the numbers 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32 and 35. The third column has the numbers 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 and 36.
Straight up Here the winning number has to be the exact number that the bet has been placed. For e.g.:  The bet is on number 10 and the ball lands in pocket10.
Split Bet The bet is divided between two numbers. A split bet has to be placed on two adjacent numbers on the table. Either vertically or horizontally. For e.g.: A split bet can be made on 13 and 16 horizontally or 14 and 17 vertically. To place the bet, you click on the line between the two numbers.
Street Bet A street bet is a single bet divided across three numbers. The numbers have to fall in a row. Clicking on the right edge of the table next to the numbers you want to select, will place your bet. For e.g.: 13, 14, 15 or 22, 23, 24
Corner Bet Corner bet is a bet placed on four adjacent numbers. For e.g.: 1, 2, 4, 5 or 25, 26, 28, 29.
Five Number Bet A five number bet is placed on 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. The bet is placed  by clicking on the right hand border shared by 00 and 3.
Six Number Bet A single bet on six numbers is a six number bet. The bet is placed on two adjacent rows of numbers. For e.g.: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
Trio A single bet is divided into three numbers. The bet is placed only on 0, 1, 2 and 00, 2, 3.

Once you decide the bet, you need to click on the chips to select the betting denominations- $1, $5, $25 and $100. A minimum of $1 and a maximum of $200 and $250 have to be made on both inside and outside bets. The next step is to click on the table to place your inside or outside bet. Having placed the bet, click on the Spin button to spin the wheel.

When the spinning wheel comes to a rest, the ball falls into a slot. If it happens to be your desired slot, you win. After the ball comes to rest to show the wins, you cannot place, collect or remove any bets.

You have an option to click on ‘Repeat’ button to place the same bet. You can also clear your bet and place a new one. In American Roulette it is possible to change your betting denominations and betting amount after every spin. You can even place multiple bets.

The payouts play a crucial role in the choice of bets made. This is because ach bet carried a different payout. The lesser the odds, the higher is the payout. And an important thing to note here is that 0 and 00 are neither odd nor even.

Bets Payout
Red 1:1
Black 1:1
Even 1:1
Odd 1:1
First Twelve 2:1
Second Twelve 2:1
Third Twelve 2:1
1-18 1:1
19-36 1:1
2-1 Column 2:1
Straight Up 35:1
Split 17:1
Street 11:1
Corner 8:1
Five Number Bet 6:1
Six Number Bet 5:1
Trio 11:1


If you are a Roulette lover and want to beat the house by following a strategy, you have to use simple common sense and accept the fact that Roulette is based purely on chance. The spinning wheel in American Roulette is a lifeless thing and does not carry a memory. It is not certain that a ball which falls into a red pocket once will choose a black pocket to fall into the next time. It is only with practice that you will be in a position to devise a new strategy; some may chance upon it in a jiffy, while for some others, it may take up an entire lifetime to perfect a strategy. However, you can follow some tried and tested strategies to minimize your chances of losing and increase your chances of winning. Popular among them are the Martingale System, Grand Martingale System and D’ Alembert system.

The Martingale System

The strategy is to double the bets after every loss until you win and cover up the entire lost amount and gain extra money.

The algorithm of the Martingale strategy is simple. Every time you lose in a spin, double the previous bet, and after each win, bet the amount that equals your initial bet. Let us say your first bet is one unit and you lose. Your next bet has to be two units. If you lose again, you have to place a bet equal to four units. In case you lose again the following bet will be increased to eight units and so on. The important thing is that you have to bet on any one of the outside bets repeatedly.

For example, if you bet $25 on red and lose, you will lose $25. Increase your bet to $50 and spin for red again. If you lose again, you have lost $75, double the bet again to $100. This time if you win, you will win $100 and cover up the previous loss, and win $25 over the money you spent. The disadvantage of this system is that you cannot exceed the table limit which is $ 250 for the outside bets in American Roulette at CoolCat Casino.

According to this strategy, the losing streaks do not last long. After some successive losses a win follows. It is all about making the most of that particular win.

The Grand Martingale System

This system is as popular as the Martingale system. It is also about betting on a single outside bet repeatedly increasing your bet amount to make up for losses. The only difference between Martingale and Grand Martingale is that this system aims for higher profits.

According to the Grand Martingale System, every time you lose, you double the bet amount and also add the original bet amount. For example, if you have $100 in your account and you bet $25 and lose, only $75 will be left in your account. According to the system, you double the bet to $50 and add another $25 (the initial bet). So you will have to bet a total $75. Now your account is empty. If you win the next round, you win $75 and cover the $25 you lost originally, while gaining an extra $50. Remember, you can follow this strategy only to the point allowed by the table limit or of course, until you run out of money. In the above example, the account was totally depleted with the $75 wager. Had you lost, you would end up very sorry. So the Grand Martingale System, like most other systems gives no guarantee that you will win.

D’Alembert System

D’Alembert system is a mathematical equilibrium theory developed by a French mathematician. It is also called as a Pyramid system or montant et demontant (upwards and downwards). It is applied to one of the outside bets like the Martingale. Many players adopt this strategy to keep their losses to a minimum. Here, after every loss, one single unit is added to the next bet, and after each win, one single unit is deducted from the next bet. For example, if you start with 10 units, a loss would raise the next bet to 11 units. If this is followed by a win, the next bet would be 10 units. Another win would lower the next bet to 9 units. In this system whenever the number of wins equal the number of losses, the net profit is equal to the number of wins.

A Live Example of D’Alembert system (Bet placed on Red repeatedly)

Initial Amount in the Account = $536,238.00
Bet Amount Amount in the Account
First Bet $10 $ 536,228.00
Won the Bet $536,248.00
Next Bet $10 – $1 = $9 $536,239.00
Won the Bet $536,257.00
Next Bet $9 – $ 1 = $8 $536,249.00
Won the Bet $ 536265.00
Next Bet $8 – $1 = $7 $536,258.00
Lost the Bet $536,258.00
Next Bet $7 + $1 = $8 $536,250.00
Lost the Bet $ 536,250.00
Next Bet $8 + $1 = $9 $536,241.00
Lost the Bet $536,241.00

According to the system, when number of wins equals number of losses, Won Amount = Number of Wins.


  • Number of Wins = 3
  • Number of Losses = 3
  • Won Amount = $ 3 (that is $ 536,241 – $536,238)


Roulette is all about prediction. There is no fixed formula to calculate a winning strategy, though there are some ways to increase chances of winning. Each spin of the wheel is independent and there are no possible outcomes of the next spin from a previous spin. So it is difficult to predict the winning slot.

The spinning wheel is lifeless and does not carry memory. There is no rule that once a ball falls into a slot, it will or will not fall into the same slot again. Yet, players follow many smart strategies. Of them, the Martingale System and the Grand Martingale System are popular.

The Martingale System: According to this strategy, the losing streaks do not last long. After some successive losses a win follows. It is all about making the most of that particular win. The strategy is to double the bets after every loss until you win and cover up the entire lost amount and gain extra money. For example, if you bet $25 on red and lose, you will lose $25. Increase your bet to $50 and spin for red again. If you lose again, you have lost $75. Double your bet again to $100. This time if you win, you will win $100 and cover up the previous loss, and win $25 over the money you spent.

The Grand Martingale System: This system is just as popular as the Martingale system. This system aims for higher profits –every time you lose, you double the bet amount and also add the original bet amount. . For example, if you bet $25 and lost, double it to $50 and add $25 to it and bet a total $75. If you win, you win $75 and cover the $25 you lost originally, and gain an extra $50.


Traces of Roulette can be found in 18th century France. There is a popular belief that the Roulette wheel was an outcome of the fusion of English and Italian games. Games like Ace of Hearts, Roly Poly, H.O from English and Hoca and Baribi from Italian games influenced the game of Roulette.

The literal meaning of Roulette is a small wheel. The American version of zero and double zero was initially found and later the European version of single zero was developed.

In 1860, Roulette was banned in Europe. In the U.S, the French double zero wheel was adopted and became popular throughout the country –reaching New Orleans first and gaining popularity in the West. The Roulette wheel was initially a small one and was not placed on a table. The increasing incidents of cheating forced casino operators to mount the wheel on a table which led to the simplification of the casino game.

In Europe, Roulette evolved as a leisure time sport and in America, gambling halls were also set up. It is significant that most players from all over the world prefer to play American Roulette over European.


Backtrack: Or Ball Track. It is the outer rim of the wheel where the ball spins.

Biased Numbers: If a wheel is rigged, some numbers will appear repeatedly. These repeated numbers are biased.

Biased Wheel: A biased wheel is an imperfect roulette wheel which makes some numbers appear more than the others, beating all probabilities.

Big Number: If a number hits more often than is allowed by probability, it is a flawed number and is called a Big Number.

Black action: When a player bets with a black chip worth $100, it is called Black Action.

Black Bet: Wagering on the color black or a number that has the color black.

Bottom Track: The inner area of the Roulette wheel which slopes and remains stationary. The ball slides into the Bottom Track before bouncing from the wheel onto the pocket.

Carré: French for corner bet.

Chasing Loses: To increase bets continuously in the hope of winning lost money.

Check Rack: The chip tray that holds the chips.

Cheval: French for Split bet.

Choppy game: A game without a consistent streak.

Croupier: Casino employee who operates the roulette table.

Dozen bet: A bet on any three sets of twelve numbers.

Fibonacci Betting System: A strategy where the bet is placed on a progressive combination of numbers.

House Edge: It is estimated as the difference between true odds and the actual pay outs that the casino makes. It is the advantage that is offered to the casino or the game operator on each game.

High Bet: Betting on numbers from 19 to 36

Low Bet: Betting on numbers from 1 to 8

Parlay: Placing a bet on the table and leaving it along with an added new bet for the next spin.

Payout or Pay Out: The amount that a player wins from the casino.

Red bet: Wagering on the color red or a number that has the color red.

Reds: $5 chips issued by the casino.

Roulette layout: The numbered grids and colors on the Roulette table where players can place their bets.

Roulette table: A table that has the Roulette layout and the wheel.

Single zero roulette: European roulette.

Sixainne: French term for six line bet Transversale – French term for Street bet.

Voisins du Zero: French for a group of numbers on the roulette wheel which are close to the 0.

Visual Wheel Tracking: The ability to foretell where the ball will land just by looking at it spinning on the wheel.

Wheel Head: a part of the roulette wheel that has the numbered pockets.

Wheel roller: A roulette dealer or croupier.

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