Online Roulette Glossary

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Last Updated on October 27, 2023

These terminology will appear frequently while playing online Roulette, so we’ve produced a glossary to help you keep track of what’s going on at the table.
If you’re wondering how to play roulette at a casino, we recommend you start by learning some of the terms that are commonly used during the game. Don’t worry, we’ve done all of the legwork for you.

ActionBeing in a position to bet, e.g. in the Action. Or the total amount bet over a certain period.
All-InWhen a player bets his whole pot on one bet.
American RouletteAlso known as Double Zero Roulette. A variant with 2 zero pockets, a “0” and a “00”. The house edge in American Roulette is higher than in European roulette.
Ball/Back TrackThe rim on the wheel where the ball is spun.
BankrollYour budget for the roulette session.
Black Chips$100 chips.
Block BetCovering a block of numbers on the roulette betting area. Note- this does not mean that the numbers are in a block on the wheel.
Card RouletteA variant that uses a standard pack of playing cards with 2 jokers. The house edge is between European and American roulette.
ChevalA Split Bet in French Roulette.
ClockingA method of predicting where the ball will land (or zone that it will land in) based on the balls speed and trajectory.
Cold NumbersNumbers that haven’t come up for at least 37 spins. Also Cold Table- where the house is winning.
Cold WheelA wheel and table where the players seem to be losing more than they are winning.
Column BetA bet that covers almost one third of the wheel and which pays out 2-1.
CompWhen a casino gives you something for free, like a free bonus.
CroupierThe person who takes the bets, spins the wheel and pays out the winnings. /French for dealer/
D’Alembert SystemA popular roulette startegy where you increase you bet by 1 (or multiples of) after a loss and decrease your bet by 1 after a win.
Dead TableA table with no players.
Double Up SystemA system where you double your bet after a loss.
DropThe amount deposited by a player.
European RouletteUses a wheel with only one zero pocket. This variant can be hard to find in some casino in Las Vegas. You should always look for it in preference to American roulette if you are playing online.
Even Money BetBets that pay out 1:1, e.g. red/black. Note- your odds aren’t 50/50 as there is the zero(s) to think about.
Fibonacci SystemA negative progression (increase your bets after a loss) that follows a Fibonacci Sequence, ie 1,1,2,3,5,8 or multiples thereof.
Five Number BetA bet covering the 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. Found only in American roulette- avoid it! The odds are terrible.
Flat BettingBetting the same amount, every spin.
French RouletteThe table layout is slightly different and the names of the sectors are in French.
Green BettingBet with $25 chips.
GrifterA scammer or cheater.
High or LowAn even money bet on all the low numbers (1-18: low) or all the high numbers (19-36).
High RollerA player who bets a large amount of money.
HotA winning streak.
Hot NumbersNumbers that hit more frequently than they should based on probability.
ImpairAn Odd Bet on a French table.
La Partage RuleOn Even Money bets, you get half your bet back if the ball lands in the zero pocket.
Line BetA bet on six numbers, 2 lines of 3 numbers on the betting grid. Pays out 5-1, with a 16% chance of winning.
ManqueA Low Bet (1-18) on a French wheel.
MarkerThe croupier/dealer uses a Marker to confirm the winning number after each spin. New bets for the next spin cannot be placed until the market has been removed.
Martingale SystemDouble your bet after a losing bet to claw back into profit.
Mini RouletteInstead of 37 pockets, you have 13 (1-12 plus the zero).
MuckerA second croupier on a roulette table during busy times. Her or she helps with chips and double checks the dealer’s maths and helps to pay out the winning bets.
Negative ProgressionA system where you increase your bet after a loss. Examples include the Martingale, the Fibonacci and the Super Martingale.
NeighboursA bet (normally from 3 numbers) centered on one number.
OddA bet on all the odd numbers. Pays 1:1.
Online Roulette not on GamstopOnline roulette not covered by Gamstop and can provide slots based in the US and other countries.
OrphansA bet on three numbers that are close together on the wheel but not on the table layout.
PairA bet on Evens on a French variant.
Parlay or PressLet your bet ride after a win. Leave your original bet where it is and add your winnings for the next spin.
PasseA High Bet (19-36) on a French Wheel.
Positive ProgressionA system where you increase your bets after a win to accelerate profits on winning streaks.
Single Zero RouletteEuropean Roulette.
Six Line BetA line bet on 6 numbers (inside bet).
Split BetA bet on 2 numbers that sit side by side on the table.
TournamentCompetitions where you compete for a prize against other players. The top positioned players on the leaderboard win a share of the pot.
WagerA bet.

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