Roulette Dealing Tips & Tricks

One of the most popular table games at our casino parties and in any casino around the world is Roulette.  Roulette was introduced in France and the word ‘Roulette’ translates to ‘little wheel’.  Learning to become a Roulette dealer (or Croupier) for iHostPoker or for any live casino is a matter of understanding the different bets, procedures, and payouts.

American Roulette Layout

Shown is the a standard Roulette layout used by iHostPoker.  The European version of the game does not include the double zero (“00”) which was added over the years to increase the house percentage.


New players can join the table at anytime, but the number of players that the table can accommodate at any casino party is limited to the available Roulette Chips.  Roulette chips are different than regular casino chips in that they are a solid color and without any markings to indicate denomination.  Each player is assigned a color and this is how the dealer can keep track of the bets and who places them.  It also gives you the flexibility to assign different values to the chips based on the player’s bankroll.  It is common to one player to be playing $25 per chip, another playing $100 per chip, and yet another playing $1000.  Place a regular casino chip with the appropriate face value BEHIND the players color stack in ‘The Well’ in order to keep track of this.

Betting begins when the dealer announces, ‘Place your bets’.  At the same time, the dealer spins the wheel in one direction and then spins the ball around the outer edge of the wheel IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.  Players that can not physically reach where they want to bet may ask for dealer assistance in placing their bets, otherwise this is the time that you need to use to organize the chips in The Well.  When the ball loses velocity and is about THREE ROTATIONS from falling onto the wheel, the dealer waves his/her hand over the layout and announces “No More Bets”.  When the ball lands in a slot on the wheel, THE MARKER is placed on the layout over the number the ball landed on.  If there are player chips on that number, the marker is placed on top of the chips.  Losing chips are then raked off of the layout starting from the outside bets taking care that you are not removing any winning bets.  Winning bets are then payed off according the to proper odds shown below.  Make sure that players do not place any new bets for the next spin until you announce ‘Place your Bets’.

The Bets & Payouts

There are two main types of bets on the roulette table, Inside Bets and Outside Bets.  Inside bets are placed on the numbers in the center of the layout and pay the most when there is a winner.  Outside bets take place around the edge of the layout and win more often but for a lesser amount.

Inside Bets:

A Straight bet or Straight-Up bet is a bet on any ONE number.  The player wins only if the ball lands on this one number.  The payout is 35 to 1.

A Split bet is a bet placed on the line between any TWO numbers.  This bet wins if the ball lands on either of the two numbers.  The payout is 17 to 1.

A Street Bet is placed on the outside line of any row of THREE numbers.  The bet wins if any one of the three numbers in that row hits.  The payout is 11 to 1.

A Trio Bet is only available at the top of the layout in one of three places: The intersection of the 0,1,2 or the 0,2,00 or the 2,00,3.  The payout is the same as a Street at 11 to 1.

A Corner Bet is placed where the lines cross between any FOUR numbers.  If any of those four numbers hit, the player is payed off at 8 to 1.

A Five-Number Bet can only be placed in one location…the ‘T’ intersection of the 0,00 street and the 1,2,3 street.  The player is payed at 6 to 1 if any of those FIVE numbers come in.

A Six-Line Bet is placed on the outside line between any two Streets. If any of those SIX numbers hit, the player is payed at 5 to 1.

An easy way to remember the payouts for inside bets is to look at the CENTER COLUMN of the layout.  With the exception of the Five-Number bet, all of the correct odds are located in this column!

Outside Bets: (the ZERO and DOUBLE ZERO are losers for ALL outside bets)

Column Bets are placed at the bottom of each column in the corresponding square marked 2 to 1, and obviously the bet pays 2 to 1 is any number in that column hits.

Dozens Bets allows the player to bet on a group of 12 number…1-12 or 13-24 or 25-36.  A winner is paid off at 2 to 1.

High/Low Bets allow the players to bet on groups of 18 numbers…1-18 and 19-36.  A winner is paid off at 1 to 1.

Odd/Even Bets allow the players to split the field between odd numbers and even numbers.  If you can’t tell which is which you shouldn’t be dealing (-;  A winner is paid off at 1 to 1.

Red/Black Bets allow the players to split the field by the color of the number.  Winners are paid at 1 to 1.


  • Get a feel for your wheel before you deal.  Make sure your wheel is balanced and time your spins so you’ll know how much time you’ll have for stacking chips between spins.
  • Always rake before you pay working from the outside to the inside.
  • Always pay working from the outside to the inside.  When you pay, place the winnings on top of the bet then push the stack to the player.  That way you can easily keep track of which bets have been paid.
  • Pay using casino chips instead of roulette chips if you don’t have enough stacked in The Well.
  • Here is a trick for calculating the payout on a Straight-Up bet. A straight up bet pays 35-1. If you multiply 35 by 2, you end up with 70. If you take the zero away, you have 7. Seven is much easier to multiply than 35. If you have an even number of straight ups, just cut the bet in half, multiply by 7 and add a zero. Here’s an example: if you have a bet of four chips straight up, you can cut that in half to two. 2 times 7 is 14. Adding a zero gives you 140. EASY!  If you have an odd bet then drop the odd chip, use the trick, then add 35 and you’re done!

If you haven’t dealt Roulette before any you want to try to get qualified, let me know and we’ll have one of our senior dealers put you through the ringer.

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27 Responses to Roulette Dealing Tips & Tricks

  1. Jay says:

    Is there an easy way to learn split payouts or do you just have to memorize the payouts themselves? I mean is there a cheat like there is for straight ups and streets?

    • dealer1 says:

      Notice the payouts are all in the center row of the roulette table. 35/1, 17/1, 11/1, 8/1, 5/1 – That is how I remember them.

    • Samuel says:

      The key for a split:
      Multiply the bet by 1-1/2 (blackjack it), move the decimal so the number is in the next tens. Multiply the bet x 2 and add on top.

      $1 split
      Blackjack of 1=1.5
      Move the decimal to the right one space so the number becomes 15.
      Take the bet ($1) and double it. 1×2=2
      Add the 2 on top of the 15.
      2+15=17. Final answer is 17
      It works and it’s easy once you do it with a few numbers

  2. prudence says:

    How d u calculate payouts very fast and how do you push stacks from 1-10

  3. avnish luchmun says:

    want to know more tips how to calculate on roulettre

    • dealer1 says:

      Notice the payouts are all in the center row of the roulette table. 35/1, 17/1, 11/1, 8/1, 5/1 – That is how I remember them.
      Also keep your stack in 20 chips each. That way when you have a pay out you can quickly grab the chips and deliver them to the winner. Example, if a player hits a straight up number you can grab 2 stacks and drop 5 chips from one stack and pay the 35/1.
      Best of luck!

  4. mary larson says:

    could you please clarify do you pay even money bets first then 2to1, then the inside.

  5. Derek Starchok says:

    I have been dealing roulette for 2 weeks now and havering trouble when someone is betting nickels and requests black over . Any advise

    • dealer1 says:

      Pay out the bets in the form that is “the standard” for you. Once blacks are requests, pull nickels back to you and count them down to color them up to blacks. That is the best way to avoid mistakes.

  6. Lawrence says:

    Dear Sir/Ma’m,

    I recently picked up a dealer job and learning roulette. In fact, I used to have no problems with maths, most of the time. However, when the payout turns out to be over 600 color chips, I am having really difficult time of adding all the numbers together. I.e. to say, I got the correct payout for the 24 corners, but when I try to multiply 32 splits and got the answer, I tend to forget 192 (corner payouts).

    I am sincerely hoping for your kind advice.

    Best wishes.

    • dealer1 says:

      Try breaking down each bet one at a time. No need to add it all together when you a re just starting out. In time you with memorize certain payouts and it will become second nature.

    • Dealer1161 says:

      Use picture bets. A split and a corner equal 25. Do 24*25. 25*20=500 and 25*4=100 so 25*24=600 plus remaining corners 8*8=64. Final answer 664.

  7. Wannida says:

    Hi. I am wondering how you push partial stacks to players. Is there a general rule that a certain number of chips is stacked on top? For example, if the payout is 52 chips, do the 12 chips go on top of the two stacks, or do they get pushed in front? How about 34 chips? Thank you.

    • dealer1 says:

      I typically set the pay outs right next to the winning bet to avoid confusion and confirmation that I have paid the bet.

    • Dealer1161 says:

      I was taught to put 12 chips on top and 13 or more down. In cases like 52 the 12 chips go on top. 34 the 14 chips is put down. Don’t know about other casinos.

  8. crystal says:

    easy way to memorize straight up pays are…
    for example 18 straight up…take 18 ÷ 2 = 9 × 7 = 56 and add 0…18 straight up is 560…works for all even numbers. take number ÷ by 2 and × by 7 then add 0 to end.

  9. George Mwenya Mumbi says:

    please iam a trainee dearer and iam facing ap problem of adding up bets during the test.I know all the picture bets and I can multiply properly but when it comes to addition, I usually happen to miss out ones 1 or dropping 100s and I also run out of time. please some one to advise me.

  10. James says:

    Hello there, I am doing a roulette afternoon with the lads on Saturday- I have my own roulette wheel (basic)- any tips or tricks which will help me out in anyway possible being the dealer 😀 Hope to hear back from you before Saturday (3 days time) please-
    Many Thanks,

  11. Lauren says:

    How do you quickly multiply a straight up bet of $335 which pays 35 to1? Is
    there a quick short cut to calculate this payout in your head??

    • Dealer1161 says:

      Just use the 35 times table. Just break it down, multiply then add to get your final answer. 300+30+5=335. Use 35*3=105. So 35*300=10,500 and 35*30=1050. Add them and you get 11,550. Last part 5*35=175. Add to 11,550 and get your final answer 11,725. Simple??

  12. Elly says:

    Hi i am currently training roulette, when i see heaps of bets on straight up, split, corner, street… I found it REALLy confusing. I tried to add them together, but just keep forgetting the last number… I know the picture bets, but sometimes when there r a bunch of chips,, i just lost…
    Is there any way i can make it easier?
    If i get 17 straight up 15 spilt 14 corner 8 street,, What is the first thing to look at first??
    Please give me an email if its possible
    Thanks xx

    • Dealer1161 says:

      Well thats when picture bets are useful. You say here that you know the picture bets. Try to work with multiples of five and ten to make it easy for you but, DON’T FORGET THE LEFT OVER CHIPS. In your example : a straight up, a split and a corner is the picture bet for 60 (35+17+8=60). First find the result for 10 chips so 10 straight ups, 10 splits and 10 corners equal 600. (350+170+80=600). You are left with 7 straight ups, 5 splits and 4 corners. Another picture bet here for straight ups and splits 52. Work out for 5 chips. Easy Way to work out 52*5 is 52*10=520 520/2=260 for 5 chips. Left overs are 2 straight ups, 4 corners and 8 streets. Adding up 600+260=860. The 2 straight ups 35*2=70 plus 860 equals 930. 8 streets equal 88. To make easy add 930+80=1,110 plus 8 equals 1,118. You now have 4 corners left 4*8=32 add to 1,118 and get your final answer 1,150. Remember to use picture bets in multiples of five or ten and very important NEVER FORGET THE LEFT OVER CHIPS. Did I answer your question??

  13. Shabaz says:

    Hi i am emailing to kindly ask how do i work out the payouts for section bets and neighbour bets, whats the best way calculating the bets quickly and paying them out, i tend to struggle on how many ponies to give and fives, e.g if the payout for a neighbour bet was 1 straight up, i’d put a five on the number and then pay it out by giving 7 ponies (175), however with larger payouts i’m struggling and am very slow in calculating the payouts. Please can you be of any assistance, i sincerely would be grateful, thank you and much appreciated.

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