Roulette is in some ways the archetypal casino game; it brings together the physical movement of the wheel and the ball with the associated glamour of this famous pastime. You can read our general guide to roulette by clicking here but in this article we’re going to explain more about roulette betting.
At a glance the betting seems fairly simple and if you just want to place wagers on the obvious choices (single numbers, black/red, etc) it can be straightforward but there are plenty of other bets which we shall list below. Depending on the version you are playing, not all bets may be available.
Inside bets are wagers on specific numbers on the table.
- Straight – A wager on a single number.
- Split – A wager on 2 numbers made by placing the chip on the line between them.
- Three Line – A bet on a row of 3 numbers made by placing the chip at the end of a row of 3 numbers. Can also be made on 0, 1, 2 and 0, 2, 3.
- Corner – A bet on 4 numbers made by placing the chip on the intersection of 4 numbers.
- Six Line – A bet on 6 numbers made by placing the chip on the line at the head of 2 rows.
Outside bets are used for areas of the table which represent groups of numbers.
- Column – A bet on 12 numbers made by placing the chip at the end of one of the 3 columns.
- Dozen – A bet on one of the groups of 12 numbers – 3-12, 15-24, 27-36 – made by placing a chip on the ‘1st 12’, ‘2nd 12’ or ‘3rd 12’ areas. The title of this area can differ depending on the game manufacturer.
- Red/Black – A bet on red or black made by placing a chip on the appropriate colour.
- Even/Odd – A bet on even or odd numbers made by placing the chip on the appropriate space.
- High/Low – A bet on either 1-18 or 19-36 made by placing the chip on the appropriate area.
- Snake – A bet on a group of numbers which forms a zig zag shape on the table – 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, 24.
- 007 – A bet on numbers which can form a 007 shape on the table – all numbers excluding 0, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 34, 35.
- Random 7 – A bet on a random selection of 7 numbers.
Call bets refer to wagers made on groups of numbers as they appear on the wheel, rather than the table. The chips are placed on what is referred to as the ‘racetrack’ (below).
- Number & Neighbours – This is a bet placed on one number but which includes the 2 numbers on either side for a total of 5. Just place a chip on the centre number.
- Jeu Zero – A bet on a series of 7 numbers – 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15 – made by placing a chip on the zero.
- Tiers – A bet placed on the numbers in the area labelled ‘Tiers’ comprising 12 numbers.
- Orphelins – A bet placed on the 8 numbers surrounding the ‘Orphelins’ label.
- Voisins – A bet on the 17 numbers surround the words ‘Voisins Du Zero’.
Special bets are those which don’t really fall into any other category and are rather unusual.
- Red & Black Splits – A bet on an occurrence where two similar colours join on the table; for example 9,12 red and 8,11 black.
- Finale Plein – A bet on one number and every other number which ends with that number; for example 3, 13, 23 and 33.
- Finale Cheval – A bet on two numbers and any other pair of numbers which ends with those digits; for example 3 & 6, then 13/16, 23/26, 33,36.
- Final Cheval/Plein – A bet on two numbers and any other numbers which end with those digits; for example 4 & 5, 14/15, 34/35. If the second pair do not join, straight bets are placed on the numbers involved.