Introduction to Roulette Bets
Roulette is a staple in casinos all over the world, and chances are you’ve played it at some point in your life. You may even be familiar with the different roulette games available at Slots.lv, including both the new and classic versions of American Roulette and European Roulette. But do you know all the different ways you can bet on this magnificent game? There’s a lot more to roulette than just picking a number, or choosing between Red and Black.
All roulette bets can be categorized as either outside or inside bets. The outside bets comprise large groups of numbers, which decreases risk and payouts. These bets include the popular Red/Black bet, which pays 1:1. Other even-money outside bets include Even/Odd and Low/High (aka 1-18/19-36).
For a slightly higher payout, look to the Dozen bet and the Column bet; they pay out at 2:1, so instead of making $5 on a $5 bet, you’d make $10. With the Dozen, you’re betting on the ball landing on numbers 1 to 12 (called 1st 12), 13 to 24 (called 2nd 12) or 25 to 36 (called 3rd 12). The Column, meanwhile, is a wager that covers all the numbers in one of the three vertical columns that make up the betting rectangle.
Inside and Call Roulette Bets
The payouts in Roulette get bigger once you move to the inside bets on the layout. The simplest of these bets, and the highest-paying, is the Straight bet (aka Single bet), which pays 35:1. All it involves is betting on a single number, like Black 20. You’ll get the same payout if you bet on one of the zeros; European Roulette has just the single-zero (0), while American Roulette has both the single-zero and the double-zero (00). If you’re at the American wheel, you can wager on both zeros for a 17:1 payout.
Here are the other inside bets you can make at the Roulette table:
Split: any two adjoining numbers. Ex. 7,8
Street: any three adjoining horizontal numbers. Ex. 16, 17, 18
Corner: any block of four adjoining numbers. Ex. 16, 17, 19, 20
Top Line: 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. American Roulette only.
Line: any six numbers from two horizontal rows. Ex. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
If you’re playing the Classic version of European Roulette, you also have access to the following three “call bets” that you can see on the racetrack oval next to the betting rectangle:
Voisins du Zéro: “Neighbors of Zero.” This covers the zero as well as the 16 numbers on either side of the zero.
Tiers du Cylindre: “Third of the Wheel.” This bet covers the numbers found between the 27 and 33 on the wheel.
Orphans: This bet covers two sections left behind by the Voisins du Zéro and Tiers du Cylindre.
Another option is the Neighbor bet where you wager on a specific number, as well as the two spaces to the immediate left and right on the wheel, for a total of five numbers.
Knowing the different bets you can make at a roulette table is the first step to enjoying a successful run of online roulette. The second step is knowing the odds of each bet winning. There’s a slight difference in win probability between the American and European versions, so we’re including both of them.
Roulette Betting Systems
The most popular roulette betting system is the Martingale system. This method uses even-money bets, such as red/black, or even/odd. While playing, you’re supposed to double your bet after each loss, so that once you hit another win, you’ll have made back all your losses plus one unit, keeping you in the positive. Let’s take a look at how this would work starting with $1 bets.
The first three losses ($1, $2, and $4) put you $7 in the negative. But then the win gets you $8, which puts you $1 in the positive.
While the Martingale Betting System would work if you had an unlimited bankroll, the main issue with it is that it puts you at risk of depleting your bankroll when a prolonged losing streak happens. Doubling your bets can get expensive fast, so unless you have a very big bankroll, you could run out of funds before a win occurs.
Roulette payouts vary from 1:1 to 35:1, depending on the bet you place. Find out what each bet pays in the list below.
Straight Bet: 35:1
Top Line: 6:1 (American Roulette only)
Dozen and Column: 2:1
You can see the rules and the payouts for the call bets by consulting the game description for Classic European Roulette at Slots.lv, and you can give them a spin for free using the Practice Play mode. To win real money, switch over to Real Play mode. Best of luck at the tables.