Roulette Lingo, Terminology, and Slang

Roulette may seem like a simple game, but veteran players have developed a language of terms that can make things complicated for newcomers. If you’d like to sound like an old pro, here’s a list of roulette lingo, terminology, and slang words you should know.

  • American Roulette: The form of roulette that uses two zeroes. The house edge in this form of the game is 5.26%.
  • Announced Bet: A bet made by voice, immediately backed up by money or chips placed on the table (though not on the board where bets are normally placed). Contrast this with a Call Bet, where the money to cover the bet is not immediately offered.
  • Basket: A bet on three numbers placed near the top of the board. The bet is placed on the intersection between 0, 00 and 2 (or 0, 1 and 2; or 00, 2 and 3).
  • Call Bet: A bet made by voice without any money being placed on the table. In many areas, these bets are considered to be made on credit, and are therefore illegal.
  • Corner: A bet made on four numbers on the board that make a square. The bet is made by putting your chips on the intersection in the middle of the four numbers. One example would be betting on the 5/6/8/9 corner. Also known as a square.
  • Croupier: The name more commonly used to refer to a roulette “dealer,” especially in higher stakes games.
  • European Roulette: The form of roulette that uses a single zero wheel. The house edge in this game is 2.70%.
  • Inside Bet: A bet on the interior of the board, made on a number or a combination of numbers.
  • Neighbors: Numbers that border another number on the wheel layout. Betting a number and its neighbors will place a bet not only on that number, but the two numbers on each side of it. For example, betting on “one and the neighbors” on a single zero wheel will place one bet each on 16, 33, 1, 20 and 14.
  • Outside Bet: A bet on the outside of the board, including Red/Black, Odd/Even, or High/Low.
  • Pockets: The areas on the roulette wheel where the ball can come to rest, each of which has a corresponding number.
  • Split: A bet on any two adjoining numbers on the board, either horizontally or vertically. For instance, both 11/12 and 13/16 are split bets.
  • Straight Up: A bet on a single number on the board.
  • Street: A bet on the three numbers that make up any horizontal row on the board, such as 1/2/3.
  • Top Line: A bet on the intersection of 0/00/1/2/3 on the double zero board. This bet is the only one that has a larger house edge than the typical 5.26%.
  • Trio: On a single zero board, a bet made on the intersection between 0/1/2 or 0/2/3.
  • Zero/Double Zero: The zero (and the double zero on an American roulette wheel) are the numbers which give the house its advantage. Payouts would be “fair” if only the numbers 1-36 were on the wheel. The zero (and double zero) are green, rather than red or black.