Types of Roulette Bets
There are different types of bets in roulette, and players can try their luck on all of them. Bet types are different from each other according to which outcomes they cover. This affects both the chance of winning and the payout values. For example, betting on a single number versus betting on 12 numbers has different chances of winning, resulting in different payouts for each option. In this guide, we will explain the types of roulette bets.
The name of these bet types is due to the fact that they are located in the inner section of the roulette table. But their physical location on the table isn't the only thing that distinguishes them. Inside bets generally have high payouts but low chances of winning. There are six inside bets in total.
Straight up. The player bets on a single number, for example, on red 7. This option pays 35:1. To place the bet, players can put their chips on the number of their choice.
Split. The player bets on two numbers, but these numbers must be adjacent horizontally or vertically, for example, black 13 and red 14. The payout is 17:1. Players can simply put two chips on the numbers they choose.
Street. The player bets on three adjacent numbers on a horizontal line, for example, 13, 14, and 15. This bet pays 11:1. Once again, it is enough to place three chips on the chosen numbers.
Corner. This bet is also known as "square". The player bets on four numbers on a 2x2 square, for example, 8, 9, 11, and 12. This payout is 8:1. This time, players can place their chips at the intersection of these four numbers (in the middle of the square).
This bet is only available on American roulette. The player bets on 5 specific numbers. These are 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. This option pays 6:1. For this bet, it is sufficient to place the chips on the line separating 0 from the other numbers.
Six Line. The other name for this bet is "six-line". The player bets on all numbers (6 numbers in total) on two horizontal lines, for example, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30. This payout is 5:1. This bet can be placed by putting the chips at the beginning of the line shared by these two horizontal lines.
These are the bets that are located in the outer section of the roulette table. Outside bets are the opposite of inside bets: they offer a high winning chance but low payouts. In addition, if the result is 0, all these bets lose: none of the outside bets covers the outcome of 0. There are five outside bets in total.
Column. This bet covers all the numbers (12 numbers in total) in a chosen vertical column. For example, the player bets on 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and 34. There are three columns on the roulette table, and any of them can be chosen. This bet pays 2:1.
Dozen. This bet covers all numbers between 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36. The player can choose only one of these options. In any case, the bet will be about 12 numbers in total. This option pays 2:1.
Red or Black. This bet is also known as “Rouge ou Noir”. In this option, the player chooses a colour instead of a number. Except for 0, half of the numbers on the roulette wheel are red, and the other half is black. Basically, this option lets the player bet on 18 numbers in total. The bet pays 1:1.
High or Low. Other names for this bet are “1 to 18” and “Manque”. As the name implies, the player bets on all numbers between 1 and 18 (18 numbers in total). The payout of this bet is 1:1. High bet is similar to low bet, and it is sometimes called “9 to 36” or “Passe”. All numbers between 19 and 36 (18 numbers in total) are included in it. The payout is 1:1.
Even or Odd. “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.
If the “French Bets” rule is used in the game, there will be additional bet options that will be represented by a “racetrack”. The racetrack is another section on the roulette table: It is oval in shape, contains all the numbers of the wheel, and really resembles a horse racing track. The pockets on the racetrack are used to place special types of bets.
These bet types cover multiple numbers and therefore waiting for the player to place their chips takes time and prolongs the game. To speed up this process, casinos accept the announced forms of betting.
In announced bets, the player must place his chips on the table on the respective bet options on the racetrack. The following are the types of French bets that can be played with the announced rules:
Voisins du Zero
Voisins du Zero. The meaning of this term is “neighbours of zero”. This bet covers all the numbers between 22 and 25 on the wheel, so 17 numbers in total. This option lets you cover almost 46% of all outcomes.
Le Tiers du Cylindre
Le Tiers du Cylindre. The translation of this term is “third of the wheel”. This bet includes 12 numbers in total and all the numbers between 27 and 33.
Orphelins. This bet covers all numbers between the “voisins” and “cylindre” pockets of the racetrack, so eight numbers in total (17, 34, 6 and 1, 20, 14, 31, 9).
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).
This bet covers five numbers. It's called “neighbours” because when you pick a number, you also bet on two more numbers to the right and left of that number (5 numbers in total). For example, on the racetrack, the number “34” has 25 & 17 to the left and 6 & 27 to the right. If you place a neighbour's bet for the number 34, you will cover all these numbers too.
The bet types listed above are available in almost every variant of roulette, so whatever game you choose, you can play with these bets. However, roulette is a game with many variants, and there are some types of bets that are not as popular as these. Below, we briefly describe two.
This one is called “snake” because the numbers it covers draw a “zig-zag” pattern on the table. A snake bet is for 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34, so twelve numbers in total. In practice, it is no different than a dozen bets in terms of winning chance and payout.
Another name for this bet is “finale”. It means placing a bet for all the outcomes that end with the number “x”. For example, if it is a “final 4” bet, it will cover all numbers that end with 4 (4, 14, 24, and 34). If it is a “final 8” bet, it will cover 8, 18, and 28. Some casinos let you place a final bet with all numbers.