A high coverage roulette bet made famous by celebrity players
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The Complete Bet is a high table maximum coverage bet that covers all of the inside bets for an individual number. This is a roulette bet that is often played by high rollers and is also known as a Maximum Bet (although in theory you could also add some outside bets to the pot).
You can also cover the even money bets and the columns and dozens that contain the number, but normally a Complete bet just involves the inside Bets. We explain how to lay a Complete Bet on the number 23 in our numbers section, or scroll down for an explanation of how to make a Complete 17 bet.
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This is the famous Mike Ashley bet, the former owner of English Premiership side Newcastle, who famously made a complete bet on his lucky number 17 in Mayfair, in 2008, and won £1.3 million.
To play the bet at a club, you’d need to call “Complete Bet on 17” for example, or “17 to the maximum”. I haven’t seen any online roulette tables offering this as part of their call bets, so you’ll need to make up the bet manually.
Pros and Cons of the Complete Bet
The Complete Bet spreads your risk across a bigger table area if you have a favourite number
If the bet comes in on your number or near it, it pays off big
It’s a way of maxing out on a single number, if you like – popular with players who like to make a scene at the tableble
If the ball falls out of your covered zone, this is an expensive way of playing roulette. It’s often played as a one off.
Here’s how you would play a Complete Bet on 17, our favourite number. The table limits vary from table to table- below is just an example. You will need 40 chips – this assumes the maximum bet on a single number is £100.
Bet Type & Numbers
Betting layout showing a 40 chip Complete Bet on 17 with £100 max single number bet. Note that different tables will have different limits, but all tables vary their maximum bet depending on the Inside Bet.
In the example below, the maximum bet on a single number is £100, Split £200, Street £300, Corner £400, and Six-Line £600.
Straight-Up 17 1 £100
Split 17, 14 2 £200
Split 17, 16 2 £200
Split 17, 18 2 £200
Split 17, 20 2 £200
Street 17, 16, 18 £ £300
Corner 17, 16, 13, 14 4 £400
Corner 17, 18, 14, 15 4 £400
Corner 17, 16, 19, 20 4 £400
Corner 17, 18, 20, 21 4 £400
Six Line 17, 16, 18, 13, 14, 15 6 £600
Six Line Bet 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 £600
Total Bets Placed 40 £4000
The payout for this bet if your number comes in 9.8:1. Plus you get your original bet back of course.
You will also be paid out on the other numbers covered of course (to a lesser extent).
Graphic showing how many chips you need (of the same value) to make up complete bets of each number on a European Roulette table.
So, for example,
Completing the Zero costs 17 pieces and pays 235 pieces.
Numbers 1 and 3 cost 27 pieces and pay 297 pieces.
Number 2 is a 36 piece bet and pays 396 pieces
Number 27 – 30 pieces – pays out 294
Numbers 34 and 36 each cost 18 pieces and pay 198 pieces.
Number 35 is a 24 piece bet which pays 264 pieces.
If you want to make a Complete Bet, but not at the table limits, make sure you qualify your request to the croupier, and say something like “Complete Bet on 17 with £25”. That’s 40 bets for a total of £1000.
Play the Complete Bet on Immersive Roulette
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We haven’t seen this roulette bet as a specific option on too many online variants- but you can play it on Playtech’s Multi-Wheel roulette (just de-activate the extra wheel if you only want to play one wheel). Click on the little button that says “More Bets” and you will have an option to play a Half Complete bet (just the Inside Bets) and a Complete Bet (including Outside Bets).