Roulette offers a wide variety of bets and betting options, and can often
seem a bit intimidating to the newcomer. Fear not, the process of roulette
betting is not a complicated one, and fortunately, unlike craps, you are
given a good length of time at the table to choose where you want to lay
your money down. There are two types of betting you can practice by the
wheel, one type are called the outside bets and the other, the inside
bets. You are required to play the table minimum at least on each of your
outside bets; on inside roulette betting the total of all of your bets
must meet or exceed the table minimum. Other than that tidbit, you know
everything you need to in order to delve right into some roulette action.
Lets start by describing each bet and how/where you play it.
Outside bets - on a roulette board are simply the bets that reside
'outside' of the main playing area of 38 numbers. There are no winning
outside bets for 0 or 00 results. Different types of outside bets:
Red or Black - you can choose to bet on the outcome either being
a red number, or a black number. Place this bet right in the area with
the words 'red' or 'black' in them, which should be easy to reach from
beside the table. This is a very common form of roulette betting, as it
is easy to understand that you have almost half a chance of winning. People
also tend to use this bet to try and play the statistics, incorrectly
assuming that if 5 blacks were spun, there is a better than 50% chance
the sixth spin will be red. This is completely incorrect logic, which
is described in more detail on our roulette system page. This bet is paid
even money, meaning if you bet $5, you win $5.
Odd or Even - similar to the red black bet, this even money bet
decides on whether the number will be odd or even. Since 0 does not count
as either, there are 36 numbers, an even count between odd and even. Place
this bet by putting your chips in the middle of the square marked 'even'
or the square marked 'odd', which will usually reside on either side of
the black / red betting area.
Low or high - this bet lets you choose whether you think the next
number to come up will be part of the range from 1 to 18, or part of the
range from 19 to 36. This is an even money bet. To place this bet put
your chips in the boxes with the associated number range printed in them.
Columns - at one end of the set of 38 numbers are boxes with the
words '2 to 1' written in them. Each box is part of a column of numbers
(if you extend a line up the body of the inside of the betting area).
If a number from within the column you are betting on comes up you win,
and are paid 2 to 1.
Dozens - a bet very similar to the columns bet, dozens lets you
place a bet on either the first dozen numbers (1-12), the second dozen
(13-24), or the third dozen (25-36). To place this bet find the rectangular
areas located in between the first outside bets (red/black, odd/even,
etc) and the inside board spread. These will usually be labeled with the
words 1st 12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12. The bet pays 2 to 1.
The inside bets - are made up of specific numbers or combinations
of numbers within the number layout, or along the border of it. Remember,
the total of all of your bets must add up to at least the table minimum.
Straight-up bet - this is the simple roulette bet you would expect.
Choosing any one of the 38 numbers and putting your chips down on that
number will give you a chance to win back at 35 to 1.
Split bet - you can place a single bet on two different numbers
if those numbers are beside each other on the table layout. To do so put
your chips down on the line between them. This bet pays 17 to 1 if either
of those numbers come up.
Street bet - This is a bet not unlike a split, that lets you bet
on three different numbers with the same bet. You can do this by placing
chips on the outside of the row of numbers you want to bet on. So if you
want to bet on the numbers 1, 2, and 3 all at once, put your chips down
on the line that is the outside edge of the 3. This bet pays 11 to 1.
Corner bet - another combination wager, the corner bet lets you
bet on four adjoining numbers. Placing your chips at the point where four
numbers meet will indicate you want a corner bet. This is sometimes referred
to as a square bet. If any of the four numbers come up, you're paid 8
Fiver number bet - There is only one five number bet available,
and as such, it's referred to as the five number bet. To make this bet
place your chips at the intersection of 0 and 1 on the corner (not the
corner that joins with two, but the other one). You can win if any of
0, 00, 1, 2, or 3 are hit. You are paid 6 to 1. This is the worst bet
in all of roulette betting.
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