As a matter of fact, under the term "roulette table" isusually meant table layout which is acloth that covers betting area on the table itself. It has a rectangular shape and extends from the roulette wheel on one side to the column bets on the other one, thereby separating the territory between players and dealers.
Table layout design - inside bets
Usual roulette table has 18 red, 18 black and 1 (European roulette) or 2 (American roulette) green numbers. The first 36 numbers are split up into 3 rows stretching along the whole layout while zero position(s) are placed at the top of these rows, more precisely - right above the numbers 1, 2 and 3. All the described area presents the possibilities for making inside bets.
Table layout design - outside bets
In order to make an outside bet players should use differently marked area which is located outside the layout. Here, you can choose to bet on numbers characteristics (different blocks, colour, odd or even, e.g.) or opposed the number itself. Particularly, players could bet on the first (1-12), second (13-24) or third (25-36) group of the numbers; or just make bets on the first (1-18) and second (19-36) blocks of the slots. You also have an additional opportunity to stake on the one of three columns instead of numbers; thereby all these supplementary options allow to involve less risk. Regarding all the above mentioned, it is not surprisingly that betting outside is considered as more conservative way of gambling
American-European table layouts differences
Although American and European table layouts are very similar but the differences still exist.
- Again, European version implies one single zero position while American one is designed for double zero game.
- Furthermore, European roulettetable layout is wider and provides cash chips for the gamblers. The chips are collected with a stick by a stickman when the dealer reveals the winning number. Consequently, this feature could slow down the course of game comparing to American rouletteconsiderably.In the latter case, coloured individual chips are used and after the outcome announcement they are gathered and paid to the winners by hand which makes the game essentially faster. As a result,nowadays it is a common practice for casinos to exploit American version instead of others.
- One more important difference between the diverse styles layouts is connected to the side bets positions. Only in European version they are divided in two and are lying on both sides of the table layout.
There is a roulette wheel above the table layout which contains the same set of numbers as the layout does. After the wheel starts its rotation and the ball is thrown, dealer keeps his/her hands over the layout and shows that nobody is allowed to make bets anymore. The only thing that is left to do - wait and hope that you will win.
It is worth to mention that sometimes the roulette layout could also contain the electronic score sign which traces the up-to-the minute game results. It is normally placed on the eye level near the roulette wheel. One can regard this device superfluous, but experienced players know wellthat table trends are very important for successful gambling.