Roulette Glossary











Even though Roulette is a very simple game to play but even then most of the beginners tend to get confuse with the terms used in this game.  Knowledge of roulette glossary plays an important role as some terms are extensively used thus making it worthwhile to know about them.  The main reason behind the confusion in relation to the roulette glossary can be attributed to the origin of this game.  As this game was invented in France, there are still many terms which are in French language.

With the help of the immigrants from French colonies, game of Roulette reached the shores of America.  This led to the addition of some new terms along with an additional double zero on the wheel thus giving birth to an Americanized version of roulette.  Even today both French and English terms are equally used.  Some of the most commonly used terms in roulette glossary are explained below.

A Cheva:  This is a French term used for split betting.

Action:  The amount of wager made during a specific period of time in the game.

American Roulette:  The type of Roulette widely played in North and South America.  The roulette wheel in this version comes with 38 slots.  The wheel includes both 0 and 00.

Backtrack:  The outer rim of this roulette wheel where the ball rolls.

Ball:  It is a small spherical object used in the game of roulette.  This ball spins on the roulette wheel and then lands in one of the numbered slots.

Bankroll:  The amount of money intended to be used in the game.

Bet On the Layout:  Inside bet made on numbered parts of the roulette table.

Carr’:  It is a French term used for corner bet.

Cheval:  It is a French term used for split bet.

Colonne:  It is a French term used for a column bet.

Column Bet:  A bet covering all twelve numbers on the outside of board such as 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36.

Combination Bet:  A single bet which covers more than one number on the roulette table.

Corner Bet:  A bet made on the four numbers intersecting with each other.  This bet is a form of inside bet.

Croupier:  The person who is responsible for operating the roulette wheel and taking care of the game.

Double Zero Wheel:  A type of wheel used in American roulette.

Dozen Bet:  Another term used for Column bet.

En Plein: French term used for straight up bet.

En Prison Rule:  This rule is used for even money bet involving imprisonment of the bet for another spin if the ball lands into the zero numbered pocket. If ball again lands into the zero slot in the next spin, player forfeits his or her bet.

European Wheel:  The roulette wheel used in French or European Roulette.  This wheel only has one zero slot.

Even Money:  This type of bets pays in 1:1.

Even Odd Bet:  This is a form of outside bet and covers eighteen of the even or odd numbers provided on the roulette table.

La Partage Rule:  This is a type of even money bet.  In this form of bet if the ball lands on the zero slot, then the player tends to lose half of the bet amount instead of the whole bet.