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The Complete Guide to Roulette Bets

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One of the questions we most often get asked about is – what can I bet on in roulette? Knowing the answer to this is a major requirement if you went to play roulette and win. And yet, a surprising amount of even long-time players haven’t fully grasped just how all roulette bets work. Others may need tips on what some of the less common types of roulette bets do.

Below, you’ll find a full roulette bet list. It’s a complete overview that explains everything from basic inside and outside bets to neighbors, calls, finals, and much more.

Outside Bets

Outside bets in roulette are called that way because they can be found outside the betting grid on the table. All outside bets win if the ball lands on one of several possible results are generally “low risk” wagers.

  • Red/Black. This iconic wager bets on any of the red- or black-colored numbers on the table. This is an even-money bet, which means winning just doubles your stake. It’s also popular for roulette strategies like betting systems because of its nearly 50% chance of winning.
  • Odd/Even. This is another even money bet with a 50/50 shot. As the name implies, you’re guessing whether the outcome will be odd or even.
  • High/Low. High/Low predicts whether the outcome will be higher or lower than 18. Low covers 1-18, while High refers to 19-36. Again, pays even money with just under 50% odds of winning.
  • This bet covers one of the three rows of 12 numbers along the longest side of the roulette bet table. Columns are traditionally vertical, but appear horizontal in most live casino roulette games. If the ball lands on one of the 12 options in the column, you win at odds of 2:1.
    • Column 1: 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34.
    • Column 2: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35.
    • Column 3: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36.
  • You’ll notice the standard roulette table is divided into three sections. Each of these includes 12 numbers, in numerical order (1-12, 13-24, and 25-36.) A dozens bet covers one such section.

Outside Bet Payouts

BetPayoutEuropean Roulette ProbabilityAmerican Roulette Probability
Red/Black/Odd/Even/High/Low1:148.60%47.40%
Columns/Dozens2:132.40%31.60%

 

Inside Bets

Inside bets can be found within the main part of the betting table – on the grid itself, essentially. They are a lot more varied than Outside bets and generally riskier.

  • Straight Up. You pick a number and hope the ball lands on your choice. It’s the riskiest bet in roulette, but you can make several of them per round.
  • This wager bets on 2 numbers. Traditionally, players make a Split by putting chips on the line between two positions on the grid. That’s why you can’t pick just any combination – they need to be next to each other on the table.
  • Works much like a Split, but you put chips on the corner between four numbers. All four of these are covered by a Corner bet.
  • A Street bet covers a line of three numbers on the standard roulette bet table. Essentially, the shorter row on the grid (traditionally positioned horizontally, but is vertical in most live dealer roulette games.) You have 12 options to choose from, each paying 11:1. For instance, you can bet on 1, 2, 3 or 13,14,15, or 28, 29, 30.
  • (Six) Line. This wager essentially combines two consecutive streets, predicting one of 6 possible outcomes in total. For instance, you could bet on 1-6 or 4-8.
  • Basket, sometimes called Top Line, covers 0, 1, 2, and 3. It also includes 00 in American roulette. To place it, put the chips down in the corner between 1 and 0. The American version is the worst betting option in the game. The house edge is 7.9% compared to the standard 5.3% of American roulette and 2.7% of European.
  • Snake or Red Snake covers 12 red numbers: 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. It’s a fairly rare option.

Inside Bet Payouts

BetPayoutEuropean Roulette ProbabilityAmerican Roulette Probability
Straight Up35:12.70%2.60%
Split17:15.40%5.30%
Corner8:110.80%10.50%
Street11:18.10%7.90%
Six Line5:116.20%15.80%
Basket8:1 (EU)/6:1(US)10.80%13.20%
Snake2:132.40%31.60%

 

Call Bets in Roulette

Lastly, European and French roulette wheels boast a special set of roulette wagers dubbed Call bets. They’re called this way because they’re announced to the croupier. However, live casino roulette games usually display them on the ‘racetrack’ view. This view of the table arranges numbers the way they appear on the wheel itself. That’s the basic gist of call bets as well – wagers are grouped based on how they are set on the roulette wheel.

However, Call bets are essentially pre-set combinations of different wagers like Straight-up and Split. As such, they don’t have fixed payouts. Not every winning outcome pays the same. Instead, the payout depends on the exact outcome and if it’s a part of an individual Split, Straight Up, or another kind of wager.

  • Voisins du Zero features the 17 numbers closest to 0, between 22 and 25 on the wheel. It wagers two chips Straight Up on 0, 2, and 3; two chips on the 25/26/28/29 corner, and one chip each on splits 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, and 32/35.
  • Jeu Zero simply covers 7 numbers: 1 chip each on 26 Straight-up and 0/3, 12/15, and 32/35 Splits.
  • Tiers du Cylindre covers 12 possible outcomes – a third of the wheel. It’s essentially six splits on 5/8,10/11,13/16, 23/24, 27/30, and 33/36.
  • Orphelins are essentially all numbers not included in Voisins and Tiers– one Straight-Up on 1 and 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, and 31/34 Splits.
  • Neighbors is a versatile wager that includes 5 adjacent numbers on the wheel. For instance, ‘4 and the Neighbors’ covers 15, 19, 4, 21, and 2 with one chip.

Final and Full Complete Roulette Call Bets

  • Final en Plain is a series of Straight-up bets on all numbers ending on one digit. For instance, Final 3 includes 3, 13, 23, and 33.
  • Finales a Cheval combines two Final en Plain roulette bets and covers the relevant Splits as well. For example, a 3/6 Finales a Cheval would wager on 3, 6, 13, 16, 23, 26, 33, 36 Straight-up and 3/6, 13/16, 23/26, and 33/36 Splits.
  • Full Complete includes all inside bets which feature a specific number. For example, a Full Complete on 17 covers 1 straight-up, 4 splits on 17/14, 17/16, 17/18, and 17/20; a 16/17/18 street bet, 4 corners, and two six-line bets.

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