Rapid Roulette

Rapid roulette, an electronic version of live roulette, has taken the casino world by storm in the last few decades. What once was a lively and somewhat intimidating game to play in brick-and-mortar casinos has now become an accessible activity for newcomers and veteran players alike.

Many gamblers love the combination of high-speed betting and sheer luck that rapid roulette has to offer. How is rapid roulette different from its more traditional counterpart? In the most basic sense, players cast their bets on an individual screen at which they are seated. The roulette wheel is then spun – as it would be during a game of live roulette – and players’ winnings are calculated electronically.

Why Rapid Roulette?

There are a few reasons why rapid roulette has become so popular in recent years. For one, the anonymity of playing from behind a screen is attractive to newcomers of the gambling scene. Placing bets on a live roulette table can seem quite intimidating if you’re not used to calling bets, placing chips and interacting with a croupier (the person who spins the roulette wheel).

In addition to its accessibility, rapid roulette also allows players to bet up to 65 times per hour. This can be both a blessing and a curse: On the one hand, the increased frequency of betting and spinning can lead to a greater overall number of wins – on the other, the speed at which rapid roulette is played can also cause you to lose money more quickly.


Rapid roulette is played digitally and allows players to place bets faster.

How Does it Work?

If you’re a live or online roulette veteran, you’ll notice that playing rapid roulette is remarkably similar – identical, in fact – to playing the game’s other variations.

Roulette is, in essence, a game of luck. A roulette wheel is composed of 37 or 38 slots, numbered 0 (or 00) to 36. Each of those spaces is also colored either black or red. After players have made their bets (see below), the roulette wheel will be spun. As the spinning winds down, the ball will come to rest on a particular spot on the wheel. This spot determines the winning number and characteristics.

How Can You Bet?

Players can wager on a variety of different factors. To sum it up, players are betting on the characteristics of the number on which the ball will land. They can bet on a specific number if they choose, but this is a pretty hard bet to win. Instead, most players opt to bet on either blocks of numbers (like dozens or columns) or characteristics like even/odd, red/black or high/low.

Wagers that offer a small chance of winning but a high payout – such as betting on a specific number – are referred to as “inside bets.” These bets, if played in a live roulette game, would involve placing your chips on the inside of the roulette board where the individual number spaces are located.

Wagers that offer a high chance of winning but a low payout – such as betting that the winning number will be either odd or even – are referred to as “outside bets.” On a traditional live roulette table, spots for even/odd, red/black or high/low designation are placed around the outside of the table – hence the term “outside bets.”

Inside and outside bets are remarkably different in their winning and payout potential. A straight-up bet (a wager in which the player bets on a specific number) only has a 2.63 percent chance of resulting in a win. However, if the player were to beat the odds and select the right number, he or she would be paid out at a rate of 35 to 1.

Outside bets offer much lower payouts. If you bet that the number will be even, for example, you have a 50 percent chance of winning. However, you’ll only make money at a rate of 1 to 1.

Additionally, players are given total flexibility with regard to betting on a variety of spaces. A player could place his or her (virtual) chip on the line between 16 and 19, for example. Players can also opt to place bets in corners (a move that will result in their betting on four specific numbers) or on lines between inside and outside bets.


Betting in rapid roulette works like standard roulette, with inside bets, outside bets, and more.

Betting Terminology:

Keep the following betting terms in mind if you want to play rapid roulette like a seasoned pro.

  •  A straight-up bet is a wager placed on one number only.
  •  A split bet is a wager placed between two numbers.
  •  A street bet is a wager placed on three numbers.
  •  A corner bet is a wager placed between four numbers.
  •  A first five bet is a wager placed on the 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3 spots.
  •  A line bet is a wager placed on any six numbers from two adjacent streets or rows.
  •  A dozens bet is a wager placed on the “1st 12,” “2nd 12″ or “3rd 12″ space.
  •  An even bet is a wager placed on even numbers; an odd bet is a wager placed on odd numbers.
  •  A red bet is a wager placed on red numbers; a black bet is a wager placed on black numbers.
  •  A high bet is a wager placed on the numbers 19 through 36; a low bet is a wager placed on the numbers 1 through 18.

Things to Keep in Mind when Playing Rapid Roulette

There are a few factors to keep in mind when playing this fun and simple game, the first of which is the difference between American and European roulette. American roulette wheels and tables include a 00 space (European wheels and tables start at 0), which effectively adds a number to the game and increases the house edge (reducing your chances of winning). While American roulette is a bit more difficult to win, don’t stress out if you can’t find a single-zero rapid roulette game: Your chances of winning only decrease by 2.57 percent.

You’ll also want to be particularly aware of your cash allowance when playing rapid roulette. Because of the speed of the game, it can be very easy to spend your cash more quickly than you would if you were playing traditional roulette. When gambling, it’s best to set a limit on how much money you’re willing to spend. After you’ve reached that point – which will likely happen much earlier on in the evening if you’re playing rapid roulette – it’s best to call it a night.