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Types of Roulette Bets

Last updated: 13.07.2023 by Chris Mwangi

Roulette is a game that relies on different types of bets. When you first take a look at a roulette wheel, you may be misled to believe that the game is overly complicated. Well, it’s not, and all of the numbers that you can see at a glance will make perfect sense to you in a moment. We have prepared a dedicated guide to help you understand what types of wagers there are and how they work in practice. We will start with the simplest but crucial type of bets and gradually walk you through all the wagers you may want to use in your regular gaming sessions, plus a few more exotic options.

Inside Bets

At the very heart of the roulette table, you will find the so-called Inside Bets. These bets are more or less the simplest you can place in the game, but they are very exciting, and you will soon see that there are numerous combinations and some curious details to know about each option out there. Let’s take a look and see how you can benefit from knowing what you can achieve with each wager.

  • Straight up 1

    This is the type of wager that basically tells you to black on a single number. You do and then you have a good payout to look forward to with the wager paying off 35:1.

  • Split 2

    The Split Bet is essentially placed in between two numbers, so let’s say 13 and 14. When you place the chip in between these two, you are telling the game you are betting on both, and this is precisely what happens. The payout here is 17:1.

  • Street 3

    The Street Bet means you place a chip that covers three numbers. You put it at the beginning of a horizontal line, so for example, you could bet on 13, 14, and 15. This type of wager pays out 11:1 and is placed on any three horizontal numbers.

  • Corner 4

    The Corner Bet is a wager that covers four numbers. You put the chip bang in the middle of the four numbers so that the chip covers a bit of all four and then you have an 8:1 payout should you win the wager.

  • 5 numbers 5

    This is an exclusive type of wager that is only available in the American version of the game. It involves both the 0 and 00 and you bet on five numbers, as follows: 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. The payout here is 6:1.

  • Six Line 6

    If you are betting on a line, then what you do is you bet on 6 numbers at the same time. You just cover two horizontal lines, let’s say the numbers 25-30. The payout here is 5:1 which is pretty decent. Just remember to put the chip at the very beginning of the lines.

Inside Bets

Outside Bets

Understandably, there are bets around the Inside Bets, and they are simply referred to as Outside Bets. They are located closer to the borders of the table where the players and chips are, and they too provide you with some excellent opportunities to increase your winnings and add just the right amount of excitement to your gameplay.

  • Column 1

    This is a bet that you make on 12 numbers at the same time. There are numerous columns you can choose from. An example of a column here would be 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and 34. A look at the table will reveal that you actually have three columns available.

  • Dozen 2

    This type of bet will cover dozens or 12 numbers at a time. Similar to the Columns, there are three Dozens you can choose from, name 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36.

  • Red/Black 3

    Red or Black simply means that you are betting on either a red or a black number to end up on the wheel. This is a bet that pays 1:1 and it has a close to 50% chance of landing on the wheel. The 0 or 00 will of course detract a bit from your chance, but it’s still a very good bet.

  • High/Low 4

    If you are betting on low or high, you are basically betting on whether a number from 1-18 and 19-36 will end up on the reels. Just pick one and back it on the Outside Bets layout with the whatever-size stake you want to.

  • Even/Odd 5

    The Even or Odd bet is also referred to as Pair au Impair in French and it’s another 1:1 or Even Money bet. Here you are simply betting on whether you expect an even or odd number to end up on the wheel.

Outside Bets

Announced Bets

The Announced Bets are there to pick up the overall pace of play. They are an ingenious way to bring even more fun options to people who want to play more and not be too bothered with moving chips around all the time. That is why the Announced Bets (also referred to as French Bets in casino parlours) are very popular with people who want to speed up the game and just “announce” their bets.

Even though no actual chips will be placed at first on the board, you still have to make sure that you place your chips before the croupier closes the betting window – you simply Announce the bet. When playing online games, though, the chips are automatically lodged, but in a land-based property, you will notice that the etiquette is slightly different.

  • Voisins du Zero

    This type of bet covers all the numbers between 22 and 25 on the wheel. This means that you will end up betting on a total of 17 numbers for around a 46% chance of succeeding.

  • Le Tiers du Cylindre

    The transition of this bet reads as Third of the Wheel. What this means is that you are covering 12 numbers at the same time. The numbers are located between the 27 and 33 on the wheel.

  • Orphelins

    The bet will ask you to bet on eight numbers at the same time. It covers the numbers between voisins and cylindre pockets, which means the numbers 17, 34, 6, 1, 20, 14, 31, 9.

  • Jeu Zero

    The bet simply means zero game and it includes the number that is closest to the 0. This means that you are effectively betting on 12, 35, 3, 26, 35, 15 and the 0 itself naturally.

  • Neighbours

    Want to bet on the Neighbours? You are effectively betting on the numbers around 34, 25, 17, 6, and 27.

Announced Bets

Other Bets

There are some other bets to factor in as well. These bets will not be as common as the Inside, Outside or Announced Bets we just covered, but they may just give you a great alternative to make a bet and feel that you are breaking away from the routine.

Snake Bet

This type of bet is simply covering every other number available on the wheel. Or, in other words, you end up betting on 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32 and 34. The sequence resembles a snake going zigzag, and hence the name of the bet.

Snake Bets

Finals Bet

The finals bet will simply take the number you have picked and cover all bets that end in that number. So, if you bet on a final 4, for example, you are effectively betting on 4, 14, 24 and 34.

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