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Different Roulette Bets Explained

September 20, 2023

Roulette players know that one of the most crucial parts of the game is understanding the different types of bets that are available to them.

Gameplay revolves around participants placing wagers on various table sections and colours. Becoming knowledgeable about betting options and what they represent can help players make educated choices. Here we examine the most popular roulette bets and the details behind them.

Inside Bets

Inside Bets are those made on a specific number or more than one number on the table’s inner section. Within this category, the odds of winning are lower, but they give a higher payout.

One of these is known as a Straight Up Bet or “en plein” in French. This is a straightforward option where players can choose any number or multiple numbers including 0 or 00. If the ball happens to land on that exact number, the player wins. Straight Up Bets have a payout of 35:1.

Another example is the Split Bet, referred to as “cheval” in French. Split Bets, as their name suggests, rely on the player betting on the line which separates two numbers, rather than betting on one number as is the case in a Straight Up. Here, the payout is 17:1.

Next up are Street Bets. Known as “transversale” in French, these wagers are essentially those placed on the edge of a 3-number row in the grid of the Roulette table. When the ball comes to a halt on any of these numbers, the player wins and is paid 11:1.

Two other options are Corner Bets or Square Bets, which are those staked on the intersection of four numbers and pay out at 8:1 and Six Line Bets, bets on two adjoined streets which pay out at 5:1.

Basket or Five-number Bets, exclusive to the American roulette table, are wagered on the number group 0,00, 1, 2, and 3 and have a payout of 6:1.

Outside Bets

Outside Bets are wagers on numbers situated outside the central table area which consist of number groupings and colours rather than various individual digits. Outside Bets have higher odds of winning but pay out less.

These also have several categories. For instance, when a player makes a Colour Bet, he is wagering on Red/Black, in the same way that an Even/Odd bet means a wager on any of the odd or even numbers between 1-35. High/Low Bets are placed either on the first 18 numbers (low) or the last ones (high). All the Outside Bets mentioned above pay out at 1:1.

Other Outside Bets include Column Bets where a bet is placed on one of the three rows of numbers on the roulette table and Dozen Bets in which a player bets that the winning number is located within the first (1-12), second (13-24), or third dozen (25-36) batch of numbers. These both pay 2:1.

In Roulette and other casino games, each chip’s colour stands for a different value

In Roulette and other casino games, each chip’s colour stands for a different value

Call Bets

A special category for European and French roulette tables, Call Bets are those which are announced in the moment rather than being signified by placing chips down. Some different types of Call Bets include “voisins du zéro”, “jeu zéro”, and “tiers du cylindre” as they are known in their native French.

The first, translated to “neighbours of zero” is a bet placed on the 17 digits nearest to the 0 on the roulette wheel whereas “jeu zéro”, “zero game” in English, is a stake on the numbers closest to the table zero, meaning 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32 and 15. “Tiers du cylindre” or “third of the wheel” includes 12 numbers between 27 and 33 on the wheel’s opposite side.