One of the great things about roulette, is that is has such a rich variety of bets that you can make on the table. The only games that comes close is craps. You'll find all of the different bets in the menu -it's always worth studying your options- you'll get more out of the game.
People have been betting on the wheel for centuries, and there has been no shortage of players who reckon that they've found the key to winning, through a combination of different types of betting layouts.
In this section we are going to run through the different types of bets you can make, ranging from the basic "bet on the red or black" which everyone can understand, to the more complex and exotic call bets like "Voisins du Zero" (neighbours of zero) or the Jeu Zero bet, for example, which all the best roulette casinos should cater for.
Outside and Inside
There are 2 main types of roulette bet you can play, (if we ignore the call bets for a second). These are the Inside Bets and the Outside Bets- the names refer to where you place your chips at the table.
Straight Up: a bet on a single number. Place your chip in the middle of a number square. Pays 35:1. (You'd use this in the Pivot Roulette System, for example).
Split Bet: bet on 2 adjacent numbers either vertically or horizontally. Put your chip on the line between the 2 numbers. Pays 17:1.
Street Bet: bet on 3 numbers on one line across. Put your chip on the edge of the line at the end (either side). Pays 11.6:1
Corner or Square Bet: bet on 4 numbers in a square. Put your chip on the intersection of the lines between the numbers. Pays 8.5:1
Six Line Bet: 2 adjacent street bets. Put your chip where the 2 streets cross. Pays 5.33:1
Outside bets are generally lower risk bets with higher roulette odds BUT the payout is lower, and you may not be able to play these with your welcome bonus at some casinos. Many casinos categorise bets into low, medium and high risk depending on the table coverage. A bet on the red is normally considered medium risk. A bet on 2 columns would be considered low risk as you are covering almost two thirds of the table (remember there's that pesky zero pocket (or pockets in American Roulette).
1 to 18: a low bet: on one of the first 18 numbers. Pays 1:1.
19 to 36: a high bet: one of the high 18 numbers. Pays 1:1.
Red or Black: a colour bet. Pays 1:1.
Even or Odd: another "even money" bet- you are predicting that an even or odd number will drop in. Pays 1:1.
Dozens: a bet on the 1st dozen (1-12), 2nd dozen (13-24), or 3rd dozen (25-36). Pays 2:1.
Column Bets: bet on 12 numbers in a column. Place the bet below the final number in the column. Pays 2:1.
There are also a number of more exotic bets that you can play in roulette, called "Call Bets" because you can call them out at many casinos and the croupier will place them for you. if you are playing online roulette, you´ll find most of them on the more advanced variants like Premier Roulette Diamond which includes options for the Roulette Snake Bet and Jeu Zero (Zero Game), for example.
We discuss how to weight your bets on our 10 Roulette Tips page- make sure you check this out as well.