What if you wanted to play roulette… at home?
Surprisingly, there is a much easier version of the game.
There is no wheel, and the layout is a lot less complicated. And you don’t play for money — it’s just for fun.
It’s called dice roulette and in this article you’ll find a brief explanation of all the rules (don’t worry, they are super easy).
Here we go:
Dice roulette rules
Dice roulette is played with two dice and a layout that displays numbers 2 to 12, each with a different payout. After all players have placed their bets, the dealer will roll the dice and pay all winning wagers. Dice roulette and real roulette are completely different.
Because you’re using two regular dice with six sides each, the possible combinations are only eleven.
Seven is the most common roll, therefore it has the lowest payout: 5 for one.
Two and twelve, which, statistically, occur only one in 36 times, have the highest payout of 30 for one.
Although in roulette the original bet is returned to the player, in dice roulette payouts are for one — which means all payouts include the original bet.
There are four outside bets in dice roulette: odd, even, under 7 and over 7. The payout for these is always one to one, just like real roulette.
And because there is no zero, if you bet on odd or even then the house edge is literally zero.
Let’s have a look at the actual layout of the game…
Dice roulette layout
As you can see, it is a much simpler layout compared to that of a roulette in a real casino.
Plus, there is no wheel — you only need two dice. And a bunch of color chips, of course.
You can’t play dice roulette in casinos, but if you could, then the house edge would be pretty high, with the exception of the odd/even bet.
Dice roulette payouts and house edge
|7||5 for one||16.6%|
|6/8||6 for one||16.6%|
|5/9||7 for one||22.2%|
|4/10||10 for one||16.6%|
|3/11||15 for one||16.6%|
|2/12||30 for one||16.6%|
|Under/Over 7||Even money||16.6%|
Dice roulette vs real roulette
- Only eleven numbers. Not many compared to the 37 numbers of a real roulette. Or 38, if there is a double zero. This means less bets available.
- Higher house edge. As shown by the table above, most of the time you’re looking at a house edge of over 16 percent. In comparison, a single zero roulette table has an edge of only about 2.7 percent.
- Can’t be played with money. I mean, technically you could. But you probably won’t. Dice roulette is supposed to be more of a fun game that ‘s played with friends or family.
- No wheel. So the game won’t look as sophisticated, but it makes it a lot less expensive. If you had to purchase a real roulette wheel, you’d expect to pay a minimum of $1,500.
- Straight up bets only. No splits, corners, streets, or lines. Easier payouts, but the game may get boring after a while. You could still get creative and come up with different split or corner bets yourself (e.g. 5-9 split, 5-10 corner).
- Less outside bets. You can only bet on odd/even or under/over 7. But again, you could come up with column bets (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 2, 3, 10, 11, 12). Not sure how you’d work out the payouts though.
Dice roulette with a D36 dice
If you could find a dice with 36 sides (they do exist), then the game would become a lot more similar to real roulette.
The layout would be exactly the same minus the green zero, and there would be no house edge.
And outside bets would be the same — no red or black dice sides, you might say, but you could use the colors on the layout.
Still, the original version of dice roulette is a lot easier, even for those who don’t know how to play casino roulette.
And it doesn’t require a dice that looks more like a golf ball.