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Are you new to online Roulette games? Most people new to gambling try their luck with this age-old classic. The rules are simple and easy to learn and you don’t have to be overly tactical about how you play it. Of course, there are quite a few terms you will find while playing this game that are foreign to you, if you are still learning the basics of Roulette.

Keep in mind that the game itself is pretty easy. The sheer volume of terminology and slang words that comes with it can make life a little difficult for new players. That’s why, we have created a glossary of common Roulette terms and slang you should know so that you can keep better track of what’s happening around you and hit the ground running.



The term refers to the total amount a player wagers over a specified period.

Action Player

An action player is someone who is known to make big bets, but it is also slang for players who make big bets mindlessly, without winning.

American Roulette

This is one of the most common Roulette variants you can find and is also called “double-zero Roulette” because it features a “00” and a “0,” unlike other variants.



This term refers to the outer rim of the Roulette wheel that stays stationary as the ball spins on the wheel.


This refers to the total funds a player sets aside for gambling.

Black Bet

This refers to the bet that players make on the next ball landing on any of the black numbers on the wheel.

Bottom Track

The bottom track is the inner stationary area through which the ball slides before falling to the wheel head and into the pocket.



This is the term used to refer to the cashier room in a casino because it is traditionally behind bars. This is where you exchange money for chips in a land-based casino.

Call Bet

This is a bet typically made in European or French Roulette variants. A call bet is when a player calls out their bet, instead of placing a wager by putting a chip on the Roulette table.

Capping A Bet

Capping A Bet is when a player forcefully adds chips to a winning bet after the bet is over.

Combination Bet

This term refers to when a Roulette player makes several bets.


D’Alembert System

The D’Alembert System refers to a progressive betting strategy in which players increase their bet by 1 when they lose and decrease their bet by 1 when they win.

Dead Table

This term refers to a Roulette table that is prepped and ready to start the game but doesn’t have any players.

Dozen Bet

A dozen bet is when a player bets on one pattern of 12 numbers. For instance, 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 35 to 36.



The edge in Roulette refers to the upper hand or advantage in a game.

European Roulette

Also referred to as “single zero Roulette,” European Roulette is a variant of the game that has only one “0” on the wheel.

Even Up

The term refers to a bet that does not have a mathematical edge for the house or player.


Fibonacci Betting System

This is also a progressive betting strategy in which players increase their bets based on the number sequence of the same name every time they lose a round. The player removes the two highest numbers from the sequence each time they win a round and continue from there.

Final Bet

This bet refers to a bet placed in the European or French Roulette in which the bet is made on a final digit. For instance, a “final 3” bet refers to a bet made on 3, 13, 23, and 33.

French Roulette

French Roulette is another single-zero variant of the game like European Roulette but it has slightly different rules.



Greens refers to chips worth $25.

Grind Down

This refers to when a casino wins all the money from a player over time, due to the house edge.


High Bet

This is when a player places an even-money bet on 19-36.

House Edge

The house edge is the statistical advantage the casino has on a player’s bet.


Inside Bet

This refers to when a player wagers a bet on the numbers on the inner section of the table layout.


Low Bet

This refers to when a player makes a bet on the numbers between 1-18.


Martingale System

The Martingale System is a negative progression betting strategy in which a player doubles up their wager to cover their losses from the previous round every time they lose a round. The player starts with the minimum bet at the table, doubles the bet each time they lose, and restarts from the minimum bet each time they win.

Money Plays

This refers to when a player is placing bets with cash instead of casino chips.


Outside Bet

This refers to bets made on the outer part of the Roulette table layout.



Pockets are the boxes on a Roulette wheel with numbers placed on them.


Red Bet

This term refers to an even-money bet on the ball landing on red in the next round.


Street Bet

This refers to when a player makes a bet on three numbers in a row on the Roulette table layout.

Split Bet

This refers to a bet that a player makes on two numbers by placing a chip on the line that divides the two numbers on the layout.

Straight Up Bet

A straight-up bet is when a player places a wager on a single number.


Trio Bet

This is another term that refers to Street Bet.

Wrapping It Up

 Image of a Roulette table with players around the roulette table in a casino.

Remember these terms during your next game. If you are new to Roulette, you can always use this page as a reference. The real learning will come as you start playing though, and we have a ton of online Roulette games in our comprehensive suite for you to choose from. Why don’t you give one of the games a try and keep this page open in another tab to become more familiar with everything?

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