When you first look at a roulette table, the most eye catching betting positons are the numbers, 0 – 36 and the colours, red and black. What a lot of new players don’t realise is that there are many different bets hidden within the table such as splits, streets and corners, so what I’m going to do here is talk about each of the different bets and the pay out that you will get for betting on them.
Outside and Inside Bets – With the exception of the special “Announce Bets” the table can be divided into two different kinds of bets – outside and inside bets. The outside bets tend to cover larger parts of the wheel with a small bet but have lower pay outs while the opposite if the case for inside bets – they cover less but the pay out is higher.
Single number bet, aka straight up – All you do here is pick a number and bet on it and in my experience, they are the most popular bet in real casinos with a mad frenzy of people betting on their favourite numbers on every spin. The pay out is 35:1 so if you bet £1 on a number, you will win £36 back.
Spilt bet – The split is a bet between two numbers that are next to each other on the table such as 1-2 or 1-4. So rather than placing a chip directly on a number, you will place it half and half which will make it a split bet. The pay out is 17:1 so if you place a £1 bet you will win £18 back.
Corner bet – In some ways this is similar to the split because you use one chip to cover more than one betting position, only with the corner you are covering 4 numbers than are next to each other on the table such as 1-2-4-5. All you do is place a chip perfectly in the corner so that a quarter of the chip sits over each number. The pay out is 8:1 which means that with a £1 bet you will win £9 back.
Street bet – This is a bet that covers 3 numbers and in total, there are 12 of them on the board, starting with 1-2-3, then 4-5-6, working down the board to 34-35-36. The pay out is 11:1 which means that with a £1 bet you would win £12 back.
Line bet – Very similar to the street bet with the only difference being that it covers 6 numbers, so it’s sometimes called the double street. There are six of them on the board, starting with 1-2-3-4-5-6 and working down to 31-32-33-34-35-36. The pay out is 5:1 which means that with a £1 bet you would win £6 back.
Red and Black – There are 18 red numbers on a roulette wheel and 18 black so you can bet on either colour landing on the next spin with a simple bet on either one of them. The pay out is 1:1 which means that with a £1 bet you win £2 back. The colours are sometimes known as double your money bets amongst players.
Odd and Even – Exactly the same as the colours with the same pay outs as well. 18 odd and 18 even numbers, choose a side and place a bet.
1-18 and 19-36 – The final double your money bet, one covering the lower half of the board, the other the higher half.
Dozens – There are three dozen bets, 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36 and the pay out for each of them is 2:1 so if you bet £1 you will win £3 back.
Columns – You will notice that the numbers on a roulette table are in a grid that is 12×3 and each column covers 12 numbers across the table. The pay out is the same as the dozens.
These are more advanced bets that you don’t often get in online casinos and while a lot of land based casinos do offer them, not many players have the confidence or experience to use them. In land based casino, you need to say the bet out loud which is why they are called announce bets (sometimes call bets). You can see them for yourself in this diagram to the left.
The bets are Tiers du Cylindre which covers 12 numbers, Orphelins which covers 8 and then Voisins du Zero which covers 17. There’s also Jeu 0 which sits inside Voisins du Zero although this is also its own bet.