Many roulette players will agree that the toughest thing to understand with the game is the roulette table. After all, the table is covered in different numbers and markings, and there isn’t much explanation for what they mean. Assuming you’re looking to gain a better knowledge of the roulette table, here is a quick look at what you should know.

Roulette Table Overview

Upon first glancing at a roulette table, you’ll see either 37 numbers (European roulette) or 38 digits (American roulette); the difference is that the American wheel also contains a “00.” Along with this, you’ll see the following phrases/symbols: 1-18, 19-36, Even, Odd, a black diamond-shaped symbol, a red diamond-shaped symbol, 1st 12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12, and three spots that say “2 to 1.” Now that we’ve covered the overview, here’s an explanation what each phrase means:

1-18 - This is where “low” bets go, and you’re wagering on the ball landing on 1-18.

19-36 - High bets go here, and you’re betting that the ball will land on numbers 19-36.

Even - Here’s where people place bets when they think the ball will stop on an even slot.

Odd - The opposite of the Even space; here, you’re betting that an odd number will win.

Black diamond-shaped symbol - Space where bets on black go.

Red diamond-shaped symbol - Space where wagers on red go.

1st 12 - This is a dozen bet, or wagering that the ball will land on numbers 1 through 12.

2nd12 - Another dozen bet space, for numbers 13 through 24.

3rd 12 - The last dozen bet area, for numbers 25 through 36.

2 to 1 (three different spaces) - As mentioned before, there are three different spaces that say “2 to 1.” These are column bets, and you designate which 2 to 1 column you’re favoring by placing chips there.

Once you understand the roulette table, learning the rest of the rules is a breeze. And something you should keep in mind with all of this is that multiple bets can be placed on a single spin, so you aren’t relegated to putting chips in one space. Assuming you play in a land-based casino, the only thing left to do is learn the etiquette and other small intricacies before playing the game.