A roulette table, regardless of its variant, can be divided into three vertical and horizontal sections. Vertical sections are called "dozens", and horizontal sections are “columns”. In any case, all these sections contain 12 numbers. In this context, the numbers in the three horizontal columns of the roulette table are:
1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34 (first column)
2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35 (second column)
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36 (third column)
In single-zero variants such as European roulette, you can place a wager over a total of 12 numbers by betting on any of these columns. You have a 32.40% chance of winning such a bet, and you will be paid 2:1 if you win. For this bet, you need to place your chip on the pocket in the far-right corner of the relevant column, as you can see in the image below.
|Odds for 0 version||32.4%|
|Odds for 00 version||31.6%|
|Expected value ($1)||-0.3513|
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The Profitability of Column Bets
We created a simulation using Google Sheets to see how profitable this bet could be. There are a total of four players in this simulation, and each one spins the wheel 1,000 times. Each player has a budget of 1,000 GBP, but they wager different amounts (5 GBP, 10 GBP, 50 GBP, 100 GBP), so we can see if the bet size affects the win/loss ratio. In the graph below, you can see the results of our simulation.
Big roulette bets tend to be more volatile than small bets, and you can see that in this chart. Player 3 plays with the highest wager amount, and its win/loss curve is constantly changing. Players 1 and 2 play with the smallest wager amounts and have an almost flat curve. The only player who completed this simulation with a small amount of profit is number 2, and number 1 suffered a very small loss.
In this context, we can say that as long as you do not exceed a 10 GBP wager on the Column bet, you will have a stable and satisfying experience both in the short and long term. You can gain more if you increase the amount of wager, but your losses will be just as large. Column betting can therefore be one of the best options for low-roller players.
Roulette Strategies for Column Bets
Column is a type of bet found in all roulette variants and can be part of different strategies and systems for the same reason. Even some systems specific to this type of bet have been developed. We share some examples below.
Double Columns Method
This is one of the simplest roulette strategies. We mentioned above that there are three columns on the roulette table. In this method, you bet on both columns at the same time but wager 1 GBP for one column and 2 GBP for the other. In this way, you will cover a total of 24 numbers. This scenario can result in three different ways:
- If the column where you bet 1 GBP wins, the result will break even.
- If the column where you bet 2 GBP wins, the profit will be +3 units.
- If you lose, you lose 3 GBP
This simple yet effective method can make you win more often and lose less in the long run.
Column King Method
There are two versions of this method, “positive” and “negative”. The positive version works like this:
- Wager 1 GBP on any column
- If you lose, bet on the next column, and increase the bet value according to this progression: 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, etc.
- If you win, start playing again with 1 GBP and repeat the cycle.
The negative version is even simpler:
- Start by making a 1 GBP wager on any column.
- As long as you win, increase the next bet by 1 unit. For example, if you play with 1 GBP and win, your next bet should be 2 GBP. Such a series would look like this: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc.
- If you lose, start playing with 1 GBP again and repeat this cycle.
Column Tracking Method
This method uses all three columns in sequence and increases or decreases the wager amount depending on the win/loss situation.
- Start by making a 1 GBP wager for the first column.
- If you lose, place a bet on the second column and double the wager amount. Keep doing this until you win.
- If you win, place a bet on the next column without changing the wager amount.
- Repeat the loop. In case you lose three times in a row, continue to follow these steps from step 1, but double the starting wager amount this time.
As Popular As The Dozen Bet
Column and Dozen bets are identical in terms of winning chances, numbers covered, and payout amount. For the same reason, Column is at least as popular a bet as Dozens but statistically more suitable for low-budget players: the simulation results above show this too. By using different betting strategies or combining it with other types of bets, it is possible to make Column betting much more efficient.