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Roulette Terminology: A Complete Glossary

A Cheval — French term for ‘split bet’.

Action – The total amount wagered over a set period.

Action Player – A high roller player that keeps on wagering big.

Adrenotrend Betting System — A betting system that wagers continuously on the previously won outside bets.

Against The Bank — Betting against the hot streak of colours. If there were 5 red numbers in a row, betting on black would be betting “against the bank.”

Agent — A term that is used to describe a player that works together with the croupier in cheating the casino out of money. Also known as an “inside job”.

Alenbert Betting System — A progressive roulette betting system where you increase your bet by one after a loss and decrease you bet by one after a win.

American Roulette – A roulette game that is played with 38 numbers, including two green numbers, a 0 and 00, thereby giving it a higher house edge.

Backtrack – The rim outside the wheel where the ball spins.

Bankroll – The total amount of money a player has set aside to play with.

Black Chips – Chips with $/€/£100 value.

Cancellation Betting System – A betting system that uses a series of numbers to either cancel out or add depending on a win or loss. Very similar to the La Bouchere strategy.

Casino Advantage – The house advantage or edge the casino has over the player.

Check Rack – The tray that is used to hold and organize casino chips.

Cheval — A French term that is used to refer to a split bet.

Colour Up – The process of exchanging lower denomination chips to larger denomination chips.

Column Bet – A term to refer to a bet that is placed on columns of 12 numbers.

Combination Bet – A bet that has money on one or more numbers.

Croupier — Often referred to as the dealer, the croupier is the official term of the casino employee who takes care of the roulette table.

Cylinder — The French/European roulette wheel.

D’Alembert Betting System – A betting strategy in which the player increases their bet by one after a loss and decreases their bet by one after a win.

Dolly — A tool that is used to remove all winning bets from the table and pay them out before the new round begins.

Drop – A term used to describe the total amount of money that has been cashed in at the table.

Drop Box – Every table has a Drop Box that is used to store the chips and money for players who wish to join the table.

Dumping — A casino table that is losing money to the players.

Edge – Refers to the advantage that the casino has over the player.

En Plein — This is the French term for ‘Straight Up Bet’.

European Roulette — European (and French) roulette tables were the original ones and are the most played. Unlike the American Roulette Wheel, they only have 37 numbers, including one green 0. This has a lower house edge than American Roulette.

Even Bet – Placing a bet on a number that is even.

Even Money – A bet that pays out even money means 1:1. For instance, betting on red/black, even/odd, 1-18/19-36 and so on.

Fibonacci Betting System – A roulette betting system that is based on the Italian mathematician Fibonacci and his theory of chance.

Finales a Cheval — Betting on all the numbers at a table that end with two selected digits. For instance, 3/6 bets on 3, 6, 13, 16, 23, 26, 33, 36.

Finales en Plein — Similar to the above, this is a wager on all numbers ending with a particular number. For instance, 4, 14, 24, 34.

Five Number Bet – A bet placed at an American Roulette table on numbers 0, 00, 1, 2 or 3.

French Roulette Wheel – Same as the European Roulette wheel.

George – A generous tipper

Greens – Chips worth $25

Heat – Attracting the casinos attention by winning too much.

High Bet – Betting the next spin will hit between the numbers of 19 and 36.

Hot Table – A table where the players are winning more than the casino.

House Edge – The mathematical edge a casino has over a player.

Hustler — A gambling cheat.

Inside Bet – Any bets made on the numbered portion of the roulette betting area. For instance, betting on a single 17.

Jeton — A French roulette term for “chip”.

John – A good tipper.

LaBouchere Betting System — A betting strategy that uses numbers to either add to a formula or take away from the formula, depending on a win or loss.

Low Bet – Betting on a number between 1 and 18.

Marker — The device a croupier uses to clearly mark the winning number after each spin. Players are not allowed to place new bets for the upcoming spin until the croupier has removed the marker from the table.

Martingale Betting System – A roulette betting strategy that sees the player double their bet after every loss.

Nickel – A term used for $5 dollar chips. Usually, these chips are red.

Outside Bets – Betting on the outside of the betting area including red/black, odd/even, 1-18/19-36 and so on.

Paroli Betting System — A term that is used for leaving the winning bet and winnings on the table for the next round.

Penny Ante — Playing roulette with small stakes.

Permanent Board — This is a second board usually on display above the Roulette table which indicates the last twenty numbers that have come up.

Pit – The area a casino places their table games.

Pockets — The spaces on a roulette wheel where the ball lands. The spaces all have a number and a colour. Pockets range from 1-36 in both black and red and also the green 0 (and 00 in American Roulette) is a pocket as well.

Premiere — A French term that is used to refer to the first group of 12 numbers in the Dozen Bet.

Press – When a player increases their bet following a win or series of wins.

Push – A tie.

Quarter Bet – Placing a bet on one of four numbers. This term can also be called corner bet or square bet.

Quarters – These chips are worth $25 and are most commonly green.

Red Bet – An outside bet that pays 1:1 and is wagering that the next spin will land red.

Rien Ne Va Pas — French term translated to “No More Bets”.

Rouge — A French term for “Red Bet”.

Run — A series of events. For instance, 5 blacks in a row.

Scared Money – A term used for players who are betting more than they can afford to lose.

Six Number Bet – Betting on the Line.

Sixainne — French for “Six Line Bet”.

Split Bet — A term that is used to refer to a bet that covers two adjacent numbers on the roulette wheel.

Square or Quarter Bet — An Inside Bet on 4 numbers. Pays 8:1.

Stack – 20 roulette chips stacked on each other.

Straight up Bet – Betting on the inside on only one number.

Street Bet – Any bet where one of three numbers will hit on the next spin.

Surrender – Some casinos will only take half of a players losing bets when the wheel hits 0 or 00.

Tapped Out — To lose one’s entire bankroll.

Tom – The opposite of a John, a bad tipper.

Troller — A bet placed after the dealer announces “No more bets.”

Vig or Vigorish – The juice taken by a casino.

Visual Wheel Tracking – It’s the process of following the ball and wheel and being able to predict where it will land.

Voisins du Zero — A French term mostly used in European casinos to describe a wager on a particular group of numbers on the section of the roulette wheel which is next to the zero. The word “voisins” literally translates as “neighbours”.

Wheel Clocking — A way of keeping track of the results of a specific roulette wheel in the hope that you will notice a pattern or bias.

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