It only takes a few seconds to learn how to play online roulette. It is as easy as learning the game rules, placing the bet and spinning the wheel. Nothing complicated, right? Not quite. This classic casino game has hidden depths if look beyond the blacks and reds, dealer catchphrases and Hollywood coverage it receives.

If you don’t take time to learn about the roulette odds, roulette payouts, house edge and different types of games offered, then you’ll be betting blind in this exciting casino game. With more than fifteen different types of bets, you can place the same chips on different sections of the table and get totally different results. Furthermore, the number of spins you may have to wait until you land a win varies too.

To help you have a better understanding of this entertaining game, we’ve prepared this detailed guide for you. By the time you are done reading it, you’ll be well versed in:

  • The different types of online roulette game
  • Odds and payouts of roulette
  • The different bets you can place on a roulette table

Types of Online Roulette Games

First things first, let us take a closer look at the roulette wheel and table. Online, you can pick from one of the three roulette wheel formats – The American, European and French roulette. These wheels and tables have different slots/formats with the main difference coming in because of the extra 00 in the American wheel.

You will also notice that the numbers on the wheel are not distributed in numerical sequence. Furthermore, the distribution of numbers on the double zero wheel is different to a single zero wheel. If this is your first time placing roulette bets, we highly recommend you start off your experience with the European version of the game.

European Roulette

European Roulette

This is the most popular game not only in Europe but the world at large. With a single zero, the European Roulette’s house edge is partly 2.70% and tends to have a wide range of bets on the wheel.

American Roulette

With an extra double zero, the American version of roulette comes with more betting options. It also features a higher house edge of 5.26%. It also has a special Five Line bet, which is unique to the game. Unfortunately, the five-line bet features a house edge of 7%. The game also has a different sequence of numbers on its wheel.

French Roulette

This game has its origins in France, so it only makes sense that it borrows heavily from the European version of roulette. It has wordings on the table written in French and special En Prison or La Partage rules, which are only available with the ball landing on zero.

With the La Partage rule, if the ball will land on a zero, anyone who’d placed an even odds bet receives half their bet back. The En Prison rule is a modified version of the La Partage rule. If the roulette ball will land on a zero, your bet is taken into a ‘prison’. You will have to spin the wheel again and if it wins, you get your full stake back.

French roulette is very popular among players online. Since it uses the European roulette format, it slashes the 2.70% edge to a massive 1.35% thanks to the La Partage and En Prison rules.

Other roulette variations

Software developers are constantly looking for new ways to make the game of roulette fun and interesting to play. So from the three variations, there have been other games to play. The latest and most popular additions are the lightning roulette, which can pay as much as x500 your bet. The double ball roulette also gives you two (2) chances of winning and the house edge is halved.

Roulette Bets, The Odds and Payouts

We bet you’ve heard of a hot favourite in a greyhound race and the 25/1 long shot that it overcame. Bets in roulette aren’t different too. This popular table game has odds to suit every player, from black or red coin flips to single bets – which are long-shot bets – and several other bets in between.

In this section, we are going to help you understand payouts, odds and bets. We will help you understand each one separately and how they relate. Before that, remember the basic rules of odds is that short odds (those that yield smaller payouts) indicate a high probability of something happening.

How Do Roulette Payouts Work?

To understand the concept of roulette payouts, we should have a look at the so-called ‘even money’ bets such as high/low, red/black or even/odd. They usually have a payout of 1:1. This means for every 1 unit staked, you earn an equal stake. At the top of the hierarchy, we have what is referred to as straight bets. If you stake say $1 on Black 15 and the ball lands on the predicted number, it’s worth noting that the dealer will pay out $35 worth of chips.

If you place another bet on say 15, the 15-18 split and red. If 15 comes in, here is how the roulette payouts and odds will reward you:

Bet

Odds

Roulette Payout

$1 on 15

35:1

£36

$1 on 15-18

17:1

£18

$1 on black

1:1

-£0

The 3 Categories Of Roulette Odds

There are three categories of roulette odds, which include the inside, outside and called bets. They all get their names depending on the position they occupy on the table.

  • Inside bets are found inside side of the table
  • Outside bets, on the other hand, are the large section usually located outside of the main board
  • Called bets, which are also referred to as exotic or special bets will either appear within the racetrack or are usually not written on the table completely. If you know them by heart, you may have to ‘call’ them out to the croupier. He/she has the power to place these odds on your behalf

Popular Roulette Bets at A Glance

There are several ways you can bet on single numbers or a group of numbers on the table. The more numbers covered, the higher the probability of it happening. The rewards are, however, small. Below is a breakdown of bet that you will find at the roulette table, their payouts as well as the house edge.

Type of Roulette Bet

Numbers Covered on Roulette Wheel

Roulette Payouts

American House Edge

European House Edge

Straight Up

1

35:1

5.26%

2.7%

Split

2

17:1

5.26%

2.7%

Street

3

11:1

5.26%

2.7%

Corner

4

8:1

5.26%

2.7%

Basket

5

6:1

7.89%

N/A

Six Line

6

5:1

5.26%

2.7%

Column

12

2:1

5.26%

2.7%

Dozen

12

2:1

5.26%

2.7%

Low/High

18

1:1

5.26%

2.7%

Even/Odd

18

1:1

5.26%

2.7%

Black/Red

18

1:1

5.26%

2.7%

 

What Are The Roulette Odds and Payouts of Placing Inside Bets?

If you wish to place a bet on between one and six numbers using a single chip, inside bets are your most preferred choice. Let’s take a closer look at the most common types of inside bets on a roulette wheel.

Straight Up Bet

Also known as a single number bet, this is the most difficult bet you can place on a roulette table. Your objective is straight forward as the name suggests, bet your chip on a number and if it comes in you get 36 chips back. For example, if you place a $10 bet on 15 and the ball lands on it, you receive a total of $360 inclusive of your $10 stake.

Straight Up Bet

Split Bet

This is a bet you place on 2 adjacent numbers on the roulette table. In a European roulette table, there are up to 60 different split bets you can place. In an American roulette table, there are extra split bets for 0-00 and 2.

An example of a split bet is placing your $10 chip on the line joining 8/11 or 8/7 or 8/9 or 8/5. If the ball lands on any of the numbers listed i.e., 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11, you receive a total of $180 inclusive of your $10 stake.

Split Bet

Street Bet

They go by several names, in addition to the street bet. Some casinos or players can refer to them as Line, Trio or Three number bets because they essentially cover three numbers on the betting table. On a European roulette table, you can place 14 possible street bets – 12 rows and the less common 0-2-3 and 0-1-2 bets. The odds are 11:1, giving you an 8% chance of winning your bet.

American roulette odds for the street bets are different. The double zero adds an extra street bet. Therefore, in addition to the 0-2-3 and 0-1-2 bets, you get an extra 0-00-2 bet.

To place this type of bet, simply place your desired chip at the end of the “street” covering the three numbers you wish to wager on the roulette table. A good example of a street bet on a European roulette table is to place your $10 chip at the end of #13 on the roulette table. If the ball lands on numbers 13, 14 or 15, your bet is a winner. The casino pays out a total of $120 inclusive of your $10 bet.

Street Bet

Corner Bet

It is sometimes referred to as a square bet and it’s not difficult to see why. The corner bet covers four numbers on a square. In the European setting, you have up to 23 possible picks, including the famous first four (0-1-2-4). This gives you an 11% chance of winning. While playing the American setting, there are only 22 possible picks as the famous first four bet is replaced by the First Five.

A good example of a square bet is placing your $10 chip at the cross-section joining numbers 14, 16, 17 and 13. If the roulette ball lands on any of these numbers, your bet is a winner. The casino will pay out $90, which includes the original $10 bet.

Corner Bet

First Five Number Bet

A five number bet, like the street bet, has several names to it. You can refer to it as basket or top line bet simply because it covers the first five (for American Roulette) numbers. It’s a controversial bet because players don’t get the real value they are supposed to get.

In American roulette, you place your $10 chip on the intersect of 0, 1 and the 1st 12. This will cover numbers 0-00-1-2-3. For this, you get odds of 6:1 from the house, but in reality, the odds should be 6.38:1.

The first five number bet is not available for players who opt for the European roulette. This is because it’s not possible to split five (5) numbers by the available 37.

five number bet

Six Line Bet

It is also referred to as a double street. If you can remember something about the street bet, it covers up to three numbers. You wager on the street bet by placing your chip on the end of the three numbers you wish to bet on.

The double street bet is almost similar as you place your $10 chip at the intersection of the six numbers you wish to wager on. For example, if you wish to bet on numbers 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, you simply place your chip at the intersection of numbers 10 and 13. If any of these numbers show up, you receive a payout of $60, which includes your original bet.

Six Line Bet

Odds of Outside Bets On Roulette

As stated earlier, roulette is one of the oldest gambling games in history. While players have had different preferences when it comes to betting, the modern-day bettor is more concerned with winning than betting on specific numbers. Everyone today is fixated on improving their chance of winning. This is why outside bets are very popular with players. They will divide roulette wheels into two (2) or three (3) groups. Consequently, they slash the roulette odds to 2:1 or less.

Dozen Roulette Bet

The dozen bet covers one-third of the roulette wheel – minus the zero. It is divided into the 1st 12, 2nd 12 and 3rd 12. This means that if you’d like to place a $10 bet on any number between 1 and 12, you will have to place your chip on the section marked 1st 12. The same applies to the remaining two segments. A dozen bet will payout at odds of 2:1. Therefore, if you win any bet, you receive a payout of $30, inclusive of your original bet.

Dozen Bet 1
Dozen Bet 3

Column Roulette Bet

If you have a preference for doing things by thirds instead of halves, then column bets are what you should be looking at. Column bets are located at the end of each row and cover twelve (12) numbers. In the European setting, there are three rows of numbers including 1-4-7-10-13-16-19-22-25-28-31-34; 2-5-8-11-14-17-20-23-26-29-32-35 and 3-6-9-12-15-18-21-24-27-30-33-36. You can check the same for the American roulette game.

To place a $10 column bet on a European table, simply place your chip on the section labelled 2:1. By covering these numbers, you are likely to win 32.43% on a European setting and 31.58% on an American roulette game. If your bet lands, you receive a payout of 2:1 i.e., $30 inclusive of your original $10 stake.

Column Bet 1
Column Bet 2
Column Bet 3

Colour Bets (Red or Black), Odd or Even and Low-High Bets

If you are accustomed to settling your feuds by tossing a coin and you are so good at it, the game of roulette has a place for you. There are three different ways to play roulette and get odds of 50/50. Each number on the roulette wheel is categorized as either red or black. Furthermore, the winning number can either be odd or even. Lastly, any of the numbers can appear on the first eighteen numbers (low numbers) or in the last eighteen numbers (high numbers).

To place a colour bet on the table, simply place your chip on either the red or black spot. If you are to place an even or odds bet i.e., the winning number will be even or odd, simply place your chip on the EVEN or ODD segment of the table.

As for the low-high bets, you need to place your chip under the 1 to 18 if you believe the winning number will be from 1-18. If you believe the winning number will be from 19-36, place your chip under the 19 to 36 segment.

These three types of bets are referred to as even money bets. This means that if you place a $10 bet on any of the three and it wins, the expected return will be $20, inclusive of the original $10 stake.

Call Bets and Their Roulette Payouts

Once you are familiar with playing roulette, know the different types of roulette and basic bets you can place, it’s about time you explored the more unique bets. Many players are discouraged from placing them because they are unfamiliar with the wording, which is often in French. Or it could be because they are displayed on a separate racetrack. There are five different types and include the following.

Final Roulette Bets

This is a group of bets on numbers with the same last digit. Final bets include both split and straight up bet, which means the odds range from 17:1 to 35:1 depending on the number picked.

Le Tiers Du Cylinder Roulette Bets

This is a fixed type of bet that covers six (6) splits. If you place a unit stake of $1, Le Tiers Du Cylinder Bets will cost you a total of $6. Winning numbers have a return of $18, which means you get payout odds of 2:1.

Orphelins Roulette Bets

This is a five-chip bet that covers a single number and four (4) splits. It can pay out either $18 or $36 for a $5 bet.

Voisins du zero Roulette Bets

This bet will cost you nine (9) chips and cover a total of seventeen (17) numbers. However, since it covers a corner bet, splits and streets, the payouts can range from $18 – $24. Consequently, the payout odds for the Voisins du zero bet ranges between 2:1 to 1:1.

Neighbours Roulette Bets

This is a “special” type of French roulette game. Special because it allows you to pick the number of bets you’d like to place on either side of the wheel. You have the option of betting up to five (5) numbers on either side, although most players prefer betting two (2) numbers. Regardless of the number of neighbours bets you are betting, you are basically placing a series of straight up bets, each having odds of 35:1.

There you have it, folks! Knowing the odds of hitting a particular number gives you extra information, which you can use to pick the perfect betting system to use. It doesn’t matter if you are a straight up guy or an even money lass, a proper understanding of the risk and reward of roulette bets will help you know how much to spend betting, how long you have to wait for a win and much more.

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