Roulette Bet Types
Roulette is a game of chance and risks, but nothing helps you try and beat the odds like knowing what each bet on the roulette table does. To help you catch yourself up, we have created this guide that will walk you through every single detail about the types of wagers available in a game of roulette. We take it from the top with the Inside Bets and finish with some unique options that are only going to be available in certain games. With this in mind, let’s look at the first group of wagers called “Inside Bets”.
To begin with, let's figure out where we can find Inside Bets at the gaming table. As the name implies, this type of bet is placed inside the table and surrounded by outside bets, which we will also consider. So below is a list of Inside bets, as well as their payouts. We immediately warn you that such bets are more gambling and risky, but they can give you potentially more winnings. Let's see!
The Straight Bet is a type of wager where you pick a number, any number. You can bet on the 0 or 12, and you will end up with a pay-out of 35:1 if you are successful. This is pretty much it.
The Split Bet is when you place your chip in the middle on the border between two adjacent numbers. This way the Split Bet will cover both numbers, giving you a chance to win on either number, provided that the wheel hits any of the covered numbers.
A Street Bet is a horizontal bet that you take on a row. For example, you may be betting on 13, 14 and 15. The pay-out here is 11:1 and the chip is placed at the very beginning of the row. You get to pick the streets that you want to bet on the most or you can even bet multiple Street Bets at the same time – no problems there. Just choose the bets you love best.
This one is an interesting bet, and it partly reminds of a Split Bet. This time, though, you will put the chip right in the middle between four numbers. You cover all four numbers and as such, you can win 8:1 provided that the wheel produces any of them.
The Basket Bet is only available in a double-zero version of the game. This is most typically American Roulette, and the bet will cover the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. The game of American Roulette is very famous for this type of bet which many players find to be quite worthwhile.
The Line Bet is a simple double-line bet. Essentially, you are betting on two horizontal lines, by covering their overlapping border at the beginning. So, you can bet at the same time on 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30. The pay-out here is 5:1. You will notice that the wheel numbers are jumbled up but the numbers in the Inside Bets are sequenced from 0 through 36.
Another major category of bets is of course the Outside Bets. These bets are located closer to the borders of the table, but they are a vital part of the gameplay, and while they offer a smaller payout ratio, they come with a better chance of hitting any of them. That is why we think it’s important to understand what each Outside Bet means.
In a column bet, you are betting on 12 numbers in total. You have three such possible combinations, with these columns paying 2:1 and giving you a fair chance of landing a win. Still, keep in mind that this is only one of many options.
With a Dozen Bet, you will bet on either 25-36, 13-24, or 1-12. Players may only pick one of those when betting on dozens, but they pay 2:1, so this is pretty good.
In a Red or Black bet you will be betting on the chance of hitting either colour. The pay-out here is 1:1 and you are betting on 18 numbers in total, or almost half of the numbers, minus the zero.
In this type of bet, you are wagering on either the high or low numbers to appear. This means you will bet from 1-18 and 19-36. Each time you are betting on 18 possible outcomes, and the pay-out here is 1:1.
“Pair ou Impair” is the other name of this bet. Players bet on whether the outcome will be an odd or even number. Other than 0, half of the numbers on the wheel are odd, and the other half is even. So, players bet on 18 numbers in total. The payout for this bet is 1:1.
There is a special type of bet that is simply referred to as Announced Bets. These wagers are there to speed up the pace of play every time you attend a physical casino. Why Announced Bets? Well, they come from the practice of calling the bet’s name rather than placing a physical chip – at least a first. This is done because live dealers can simply remember the wager you wish to place and thus save time, but you still get to put down the chips as the game progresses, provided the live dealer has not restricted all betting.
The result is that the overall pace of play picks up and wagers are still settled based on the fair outcome of the wheel. This way players get to participate in more betting rounds (if they choose to) and the type of betting also adds to some of the distinct feelings of playing roulette. One way or another, these bets are a neat addition to the gameplay experience. Let’s see what Announced Bets there are.
Voisins du Zero
Neighbours of Zero is a type of bet that covers a total of 17 numbers. These numbers are located between numbers 22 and 25 on the wheel. Remember, the wheel is all jumbled up when it comes to the numbers.
Le Tiers du Cylindre
In this Third of the Wheel bet, you will bet on the 12 numbers that are located between 27 and 33 on the wheel.
With this bet, you will be wagering on the numbers 17, 34, 6, 1, 20, 14, 31, and 9. These numbers are located between the so-called neighbours and cylindre section of the racetrack. There are eight numbers you bet on in this type of wager.
This means “zero game”. All numbers closest to 0 are included in the bet, so seven numbers in total (12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15).
The Neighbours is a bet that you place on five numbers. These numbers are “neighbours” of the number – and cover two numbers left and two numbers right, apart from the number you pick. So, if you bet on 34, you also include 25, 17, 6 and 27. This simple. So you can naturally pick from quite a few Neighbours Bets available out there.
Of course, there are more bets in a game of roulette that you are very welcome to explore. To get the hang of them, though, you probably need to find specific versions of the game that offer you those slightly exotic wagers. Apart from the Inside, Outside and Announced Bets (which are standard), there are at least two more variations that we want to introduce you to:
A snake bet is a wager that is moving in-between numbers and as such, it covers the 1,5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32 and 34 of the roulette wheel. As you can see, there are a total of 12 numbers covered here. This type of bet is not available for each version of roulette, and not the main ones, i.e., French, European or American.
Finals Bets is a very cool type of wager. What you do here is you choose a number and then you bet on not just the number but any other numbers that end in the same number. So, if you bet on 4 and Finals Bets, you are betting on 4, 14, 24 and 34. What Final Bet you place and how many numbers it covers depends on what you pick originally. That is all.