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Roulette Betting

Bets available in Roulette explained

Inside Bets


The inside betting area refers to the number grid on the table layout. Making an inside bet means placing a wager on any of those numbers.

Remember that all roulette tables have a minimum betting amount. This means that you cannot place a bet that is lower than the table minimum. Let's say that the table minimum for a specific roulette table is $5. You can place a $1 bet on 5 different numbers or a $5 bet on just one number. Anyway, your bet must be of at least $5.

Straight Bet

The straight bet is also known as a "classic bet". When placing a straight bet you are wagering on just one number. If the ball stops on that number you will receive a payout of 35-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $350. The big payouts make this bet very popular amongst roulette players. The high payouts may be tempting, but the chances of that number coming up are very small.

Split Bet

This bet is also known as a "two number bet". You are wagering on two numbers at the same time, and of you win you will receive a payout of 17-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $170. In order to make a split bet just place your chips on the dividing line between the two numbers that you want to bet on.

Street Bet

This bet is also known as a "three number bet" or "stream bet". The term "street" refers to 3 numbers that are placed in a line, horizontally. You are wagering that the ball will stop on one of these three numbers. If you win you will receive a payout of 11-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $110.

Square Bet

This bet is also known as a "four number bet". You are wagering on a block of 4 numbers at the same time. If the ball stops on any of those four numbers you will receive a payout of 8-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $80.

Five-Number Bet

You can make this type of bet only when playing an American wheel. A five number bet means that you are wagering on five numbers at the same time, but those numbers must be 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. If the ball stops on any of those four numbers you will receive a payout of 6-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $60.

The house edge on this particular type of bet is a high 7.89%. This is the worst bet in roulette and you are well advised to avoid it.

Outside Bets


The outside betting area is close to the player. It refers to bets like red, black, odd, even, or any other bet that is different from an inside bet.

Red

You are wagering that the ball will stop on a red number. It doesn't matter what that number is, as long as it is red. If you win you will receive a payout of 1-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $20 (your initial bet of $10 + $10 in winnings)

Black

You are wagering that the ball will stop on a black number. It doesn't matter what that number is, as long as it is black. If you win you will receive a payout of 1-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $20 (your initial bet of $10 + $10 in winnings). The same as when placing a red bet.

Odd

You are wagering that the ball will stop on an odd number, regardless of its color. If you win you will receive a payout of 1-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $20 (your initial bet of $10 + $10 in winnings).

Even

You are wagering that the ball will stop on an even number, regardless of its color. If you win you will receive a payout of 1-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $20 (your initial bet of $10 + $10 in winnings). This is simply the opposite of an even bet.

High Bet

The numbers 19 to 36 are known as high numbers. You are wagering that the ball will stop on any of these numbers. If you win you will receive a payout of 1-to-1. A bet that offers a 1-to-1 payout is also known as an even money bet.

Low Bet

The numbers 1 to 18 are known as low numbers. You are wagering that the ball will stop on any of these numbers. This is also an even money bet, so you will receive a payout of 1-to-1.

Dozen Bet

You are wagering on 12 numbers at the same time. There are 3 different groups of 12 numbers or dozens: 1 to 12, 13 to 24, and 25 to 36. You will win if the ball stops on any number from the dozen you have bet on. This is an even money bet, so you will receive a payout of 1-to-1. For a bet of $10 for example you will receive a payout of $20 (your initial bet of $10 + $10 in winnings).

Column Bet

There are three columns on the roulette table layout, and each column is made up of 12 numbers. This type of bet is similar to the dozen bet. You are also betting on 12 numbers at the same time, and the payout is also 1-to-1. The difference is the numbers in a column are different from the numbers in a dozen bet.

The Visual Format of Typical Roulette Bets

Split Bet

You are wagering in two numbers at the same time. These numbers are next to each other. The payout ratio is 17-to-1.

Straight Bet

You are wagering on just one number, any number in the inside betting area. The payout ratio is 35-to-1.

Corner Bet

You are wagering on a block of 4 numbers. The payout ratio is 8-to-1.

Line Bet

You are wagering on 2 adjacent rows of 3 numbers, a total of 6 numbers at the same time. The payout ratio is 5-to-1.

Street Bet

You are wagering on 3 numbers that are placed in a line, horizontally. The payout ratio is 11-to-1.

Column Bet

You are wagering on any of the three columns on the roulette table layout. Each column has 12 numbers. The payout ratio is 2-to-1.

Dozen Bet

You are wagering on 12 numbers at the same time. There are 3 different groups of 12 numbers: 1 to 12, 13 to 24, and 25 to 36. The payout ratio is 2-to-1.

Even / Odd Bet

You are wagering that the winning number will be even or odd. The payout ratio is 1-to-1.

Black / Red Bet

You are wagering that the winning number will be red or black. The payout ratio is 1-to-1.

High / Low Bet

You have wagered that the winning number will be either a low number (1 to 18) or a high number (19 to 36). The payout ratio is 1-to-1.


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