There is a variety of different roulette strategies that you can use when you are in a casino or online and in the mood to play roulette. There is the Martingale, the Reverse Martingale, the D’Alembert, Labouchere and the Fibonacci roulette strategy. But have you ever heard of the snake bet? So we ask: “What is the snake bet, what makes it different and how can it be used as your new betting strategy”?
Well, it’s not really a strategy, it’s more of a type of bet that you can play in roulette. Some online casinos even have this combination as a fixed bet option in their Call Bets section
The snake bet involves the player laying down an s-shaped snaking line of bets of 12 straight numbers. There are no split bets involved in the snake bet and typically you should ensure that all 12 of the straight number bets are of the same unit.
The snake bet stretches across the whole number board and is placed entirely on red and includes numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34.
As we have mentioned, if you’re playing online then some of the more premium online roulette games will already have this betting option automatically set up. So you can simply click a button and your 12-numbered bet will be added to the table before the wheel spins.
Some particular game tables will also already incorporate a snake head positioned at both the 1 and at the 34. You can then simply put down your chips at either end to show you are intending to place the full snake bet.
Is the Snake Bet from China?
The origins of the game are unconfirmed but credit should most likely be given to the Chinese as it’s surely no coincidence that the snake not only features in the Chinese zodiac but also that the colour red has much meaning in the culture representing both happiness, fortune and great luck.
Of course using this method will have no actual impact on the overall odds of winning. The house edge still remains at 2.70% (or 5.26% if you’re playing American roulette). You have to keep in mind that Roulette ultimately is a game of chance and luck and unfortunately the probability of winning will always remain the same on any particular variant and bet (with the exception of the five number bet which you should avoid). Whether you are placing your bets in either a snake-shaped pattern or simply choosing 12 random numbers across the board the odds of picking a winning number are exactly the same.
The snake bet is simply another strategy you can use during general roulette play to mix things up a bit. It covers the same amount of table as a column or dozen bet, so you can even use it in betting startegies that use thirds (like the Law of the Thirds for example). Of course the payouts of spinning in a winning number will be substantial and more than recoup the losses you make from the 11 numbers that don’t win for you. A single number pays out at 35:1, so you bet 12, and get back 36 (including your bet on the winning number of course).
The trick, as always, is to win more times than you lose, and to quit while you are ahead. It sounds so simple when you put it like that, doesn’t it?!
Snake Bet – Pros and Cons
A fast way of betting on 1/3 of the wheel (12 numbers)
Pays 2:1 on a win, just like a column or dozen.
More of a novelty bet than anything else, although if you are playing thirds this can be a good way of mixing it up a bit.