Roulette FAQ

Spinning roulette wheel.

Before spinning the wheel, it is strongly advised that you find out exactly how this game works. We have curated this list of roulette FAQ to answer some of the most commonly asked questions that roulette players have.

1. How does the zero or double zero give the house an advantage?

The zero pockets ensure that there is a slightly lower chance of the player winning over a large number of games. For example, there are 36 numbers plus a single zero on a European roulette wheel, but the payout for predicting a single number is 35 to 1. This means that the casino should come out ahead in the long run.

With American games, the extra double zero pocket increases the house edge, as there are 38 numbers in total (including 0 and 00) but the payout for predicting a single number is still 35 to 1.

2. Are online roulette games fair?

Yes, the games played on computer-generated tables use random number generators (RNGs) to give fair, unpredictable results every time. Respectable casinos will only use renowned software developers with games that are regularly tested. With live dealer roulette, a physical wheel is set up to give fair, reliable results on each spin.

3. Do I have to pay taxes on my roulette winnings?

It depends where you live, with players living in the UK not having to pay any taxes on winnings. This is because gambling tax is already taken into account in each wager you make, so all the winnings are yours to keep.

4. What is multi-player roulette?

With this type of game, multiple players can join the same table and place their bets at the same time. They each see the same spin carried out and witness the same results as everyone at the table.

5. Do roulette betting systems work? 

There are differing opinions on this subject. Progressive betting systems that let you manage your bankroll according to a set of rules are among the most popular strategies used in roulette – but not everyone agrees that this gives you an advantage. It is essentially a game of chance, but managing your bankroll wisely certainly makes sense.

6. What is the highest RTP roulette variant?

Most casino games will tell you the RTP on their information page, and you will see that online roulette tends to be on the high side, reaching over 95% in some cases. In terms of the different versions, European roulette usually pays out better than American versions because of the single zero the wheel contains. You can check out some of the most popular roulette titles here.

7. Can I win money playing roulette? 

Yes, if you wager real cash then you could either win or lose it, depending upon the random results that occur as you play. As with any form of gambling, you should be sure to only bet money that you can comfortably afford to lose.

8. What does zero (or double zero) pay out in roulette?

If the ball lands in the green 0 or 00 pockets when you place an outside bet like red or even numbers, you will lose your bet. However, it is possible to bet on zero or, if you are playing on an American table, on double-zero. A single bet on 0 or 00 pays out at odds of 35/1, while the odds of hitting are 36/1 on a European table and 37/1 on an American table as this also features the 00 pocket.


Did you know?

Did you know that Joseph Jagger broke the bank at Monte Carlo? Although today’s roulette games are 100% fair, there was a time when wheels would develop a bias. Jagger spotted one such bias in 1881 at the Monte Carlo Casino. With certain numbers appearing more frequently than they should, he won so much he almost bankrupted the casino.

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Ross O’Connor has been working in the online gaming industry for over a decade. Over that time he has written countless articles on related topics including casino and game reviews, gaming strategy and casino industry news, for a wide variety of online publications.

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