American Roulette

The fun beings at 2.00 p.m. until 4 p.m. each day. On Friday and Saturday additionally from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Place your bets, please!” ready for a round of Roulette, the oldest of all the casino games. To familiarise you with the game before you visit the Grand Casino Bern, here are the main points.

ROULETTE TERMS
Annonce
Any betting announcement made by a player, directed at the croupier.
Ante up
Placing one or more chips on the table by the player or croupier.
Bank
The capital of a roulette table. “Breaking the bank” means winning more money than the table,
not the entire casino, has at its disposal.
Bet
The player can place bets themselves or the croupier can do so with the player instructing them
(see “Annonce”).
Carré
Corner bet: betting on four adjacent numbers forming a square on the table, by placing the chip
where they join.
Cheval
Split bet: betting on two numbers that are vertically or horizontally adjacent on the table.
Chip
Token made of high-quality plastic that usually cannot be counterfeited.
Column bet
Inside bet on one of the three vertical columns on the baize (column 34, column 35, column 36).
Pays 2 to 1.
Croupier
Represents the casino at the table and runs the game. Places bets as instructed by players (see
“Annonce”) and pays out winnings.
Dealer
Represents the casino at the table and runs the game. Places bets as instructed by players (see
“Annonce”) and pays out winnings.
Dozen
Inside bet involving betting on the first dozen (“Premier Douze”, 1-12), second dozen (“Douze
Milieu”, 13-24) or third dozen (“Douze Dernier”, 25-36). Pays 2 to 1.
Équilibre
The “Law of Balance” (opposite: Law of Deviation, in French “écart”) is a statistical law according
to which chance balances out over time.
Faites vos jeux
“Place your bets, please!” is called by the croupier to begin a game.
Impair
French for “odd”. Pays 1 to 1.
Inside bet
Columns, Dozens (2:1), Transversale Simple (5:1), Transversale Pleine (11:1), Carré (8:1),
Cheval (17:1), Plein (35:1).
Layout
Printed baize cloth on which the game is played.
Manque
All numbers between 1 and 18.
Outside/Inside bet
In Roulette, a distinction is made between outside bets, in which the winnings are equivalent to
the stake, and inside bets, for which a multiple of the stake is paid out.
Pair
French for “even”. Betting on all the even numbers. Pays 1 to 1.
Passe
Betting on 19-36 high. Pays 1 to 1.
Plein
A “straight up” bet on a single number.
Rateau
The rake used by the croupier in French Roulette to place and retrieve chips.
Rien ne va plus
“No more bets, please,” called by the croupier: after this point, all placing of chips must cease.
Transversale Pleine
“Street bet”: betting on three adjacent numbers in a row (e.g. 7–8–9). Pays 11 to 1.
Transversale Simple
“Street bet”: betting on six adjacent numbers in a row (e.g. 7–8–9–10–11–12). Pays 5 to 1.
Tronc
Also known as “Cagnotte”. The pot of tips shared out amongst the casino’s employees.
Voisins
French for “neighbours”: adjacent slots in the wheel next to a number bet (N.B. the number
sequence is not the same as on the layout).
Wheel
The Roulette wheel consists of a spindle that runs on ball-bearings and is divided into 37 pockets.
Zero
The 37th pocket.

Placing bets and the winning odds (PDF 1.2 MB)
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