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Roulette Glossary-All the most frequently used terms in one article

Of all casino games, Online Roulette is undoubtedly the most fascinating and popular, worldwide. As simple as it may seem to guess where the spinning ball will fall, if you want to play this game well, you need to know its secrets.

Our roulette glossary will help inexperienced players familiarise themselves with the terms of this live casino game.

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The end goal is to help players fully understand the mechanics of the game so as to make playing it a most thrilling experience.

In this short roulette glossary, we will be covering the common roulette bet types and positions of the numbered boxes on the green cloth.

A List of Most Common Terms

Playing roulette provides a perfect combination of fun and excitement. However, to play roulette, a good player must master the game in all its many facets, including its terminology. Therefore, before applying any strategy, it is important to dwell on the meaning of the individual terms we have listed and the elements and tools used in the roulette game explained below.


Announced Bets or Call Bets

A type of land-based casino bet that is made when the player announces their type of combination they wish to bet on. In this case, the player does not place the chips on the mat but places them directly in the croupier's hand when the croupier accepts the bet. The most common bets involve betting on sectors, the sides of a number or its endings. You can place these bets online with a single click thanks to the "special bets" menu that you can find within the game window!

Finale (Final bets)

A combination in French, American and European roulette, indicating all numbers that end with the same digit. For example, 3, 13, 23 and 33.

Apres la boule passe

French expression indicating that the ball will be thrown by another croupier in the next game (at the same table).


The technical term for the roulette ball. The boule plays a key role in ensuring that the game is played fairly. Its dimensions are between 12 and 22 millimetres, depending on the roulette wheel's size and the number of pockets. It was originally made mostly of ivory. As it was too susceptible to erosion, it was replaced by synthetic materials such as Teflon.

Carré (also known as Corner Bet or Square Bet)

Four numbers adjacent to each other on the cloth form a square. The wager on the carré is made by placing the chip on the point where the four numbers join. When this bet is successful, it is paid out 8:1.

Cheval (also known as Split Bet)

Two adjacent numbers are placed in play that can touch vertically or horizontally, but never diagonally. When this bet is winning, it is paid 17:1.


A cylinder refers to the wooden part of the roulette wheel, consisting of the rim, conch and inner/outer walls. The turntable, which allows for the rotation of the numbers and the ball, is not part of the cylinder but is located in it and is an essential component in making roulette work.


A combination comprising of all the numbers in one of three vertical columns. Columns range from 1 to 34, 2 to 35 and 3 to 36. When this bet is winning, it is paid out 2:1.


The French name for a wager on one of the twelve-number columns on the layout, is often known as a column bet.

Croupier (or Dealer)

The person who manages the game stages and collects the bets pays out winnings, throws the ball and so on.


The placeholder that is used at roulette tables. It is usually placed on top of the number rolled to make all players aware of the winning number before all bets are paid out. The name of this small object, often made of wood and in different colours, comes from the resemblance of its silhouette to that of a real doll.


A combination allows one to bet on twelve consecutive numbers in a block. There are three dozen available: first dozen (numbers from 1 to 12), second dozen (numbers from 13 to 24) and third dozen (numbers from 25 to 36). When this bet is a winner, it is paid out 2:1.


The final set of 12 numbers in the Dozen Bet is referred to by the French word meaning "last."

En Plein (full)

Bet on a single number. When this bet is winning, it is paid out 35:1.

En Prison

The advantageous option presented at some single-zero roulette tables is known by its French name. If the zero is shown, the player's even-money wagers are not forfeited. The wager is instead "locked up" (imprisoned) for a next spin. The wager is fully refunded if it wins.

Even Bet

A bet that the following spin will result in an even number winning.

Even Money

A wager with a one-to-one payout. Red, Black, Odd, Even, Low, and High bets in roulette all pay out at even money.

Faites vos jeux

A French expression uttered by the croupier inviting players to place their bets on the gaming table. Its translation in English is "place your bets"!


Chips represent the money wagered by players. Since it is impossible to use real money, it is replaced in the game with chips placed on the gaming table. Smaller chips are called 'tokens'. Larger, non-circular chips are called 'plates'.

Les jeux sont faits

A French expression uttered by the croupier after the ball has been thrown. It indicates that no further bets may be placed and that you only have to watch where the ball will drop. In English, it translates to 'the games are played'.

Manque (also known as Low Bet )

A simple combination corresponding to a set of numbers, from 1 to 18. It is paid out 1:1 in the event of a win.


The martingale is the simplest and oldest of the strategies used in binary bet games (a binary bet means, for example, red/black or heads or tails in a coin toss). It consists of doubling one's bet following each loss. By playing this way, when the bet's payout is 1:1, the player recovers with a single win that he had lost in previous rounds and gets a small net profit.


The combination comprises the eight boxes on the wheel that are not part of the neighbours of the zero and the 5/8 series. The numbers involved are 17-34-6-1-20-14-31-9. Five pieces must be used to bet.

Odd Bet

A bet that the following spin will result in one of the odd numbers winning.

Passe (also known as High Bet)

A simple roulette combination that corresponds to the numbers 19 to 36. It is paid out 1:1 in the event of a win.

Rien ne va plus

A French expression with which the croupier indicates to the players that betting is closed. Bets placed after this announcement will not be accepted. The English expression "no more bets" is also used.


A roulette wheel is a complex machine consisting of a pot and cylinder. The most common is the French and/or European roulette wheel: divided into 37 boxes, a number from 0 to 36 in each box. The numbers, which are not arranged in an arithmetic sequence, are alternately on a red or black field, plus a green field containing the number zero. In the main variation of the game, American roulette, the wheel consists of 38 squares as there is a zero and a double zero (0 and 00).

5/8 series

Combination of the twelve numbers placed on the opposite side of the pot to the zero ranges from 33 to 27. You bet by placing one token on each of the following split bets: 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/36. A total of six tokens are used.

Six Line Bet

A bet that covers with a single token six adjacent progressive numbers, i.e. two consecutive triplets, one above and the other below. It is paid out 5:1 in the event of a win.

Street (3 Number Bet)

A bet is made by placing a chip to touch the outer left or right vertical edge of the horizontal series that makes up the three numbers. It is paid 11:1 in the event of a win.

Last Call

An exclamation to inform the players at the table that the game would be closed after the next three rounds.

La Partage

Similar to “En Prison”, however here the player loses half their wager and is not given the chance to leave it there for another spin.

Voisins du Zero

The numbers on the wheel between 22 and 25 in the sector that contains zero (hence the name). There are 17 numbers in all: 0-2-3-4-7-12-15-18-19-21-22-25-26-28-29-32-35. The bet consists of 9 chips played in a precise and predetermined way. The split bet 4-7, 12-15, 18-21, 19-22 and 32-35, the street bet 0-2-3 (2 pieces), and the corner bet 25-29 (2 pieces).

In addition to all these terms, you will need good luck combined with excellent technique to have an exciting roulette experience.

All that remains is to say... Faites vos jeux and have fun!


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