The Most Common Call Bets in Roulette

Roulette is one of the oldest casino table games you can play today yet one of the most popular. Gamblers have played roulette in is present form since 1796 and its popularity is showing no signs of waning. The chance to win big is one of the major draws to roulette. Betting on a single number pays out 35-to-1 so it doesn’t take long to rack up large wins. It is possible to lose a lot of money playing roulette too. There are dozens of different roulette bets, most of which we have already covered here at But what about call bets? Do you know enough about them to incorporate them into your session?

What Are Call Bets in Roulette?

Players physically place their chips onto the roulette board for most of the possible bets. The croupier and other players help place them on harder to reach numbers. Call bets are something else.

Call bets, or more accurately, announced bets, are roulette wagers you place by informing the croupier your intentions. You announce your bet, put chips on the table to cover the bet, and the game plays out as normal.

Most of the so-called call bets have special names attached to them. It’s common to name them “the French Bets”. They cover sections of the wheel and cost between four and nine chips to play.

Tiers is the Most Popular of Call Bets

Tiers, or “le tiers du cylindre” to give the most popular of call bets its full title, is very popular in the United Kingdom. It is played far more than the other call bets combined.

It needs six chips to play tiers as it bets on all the number between 27 and 33, including those numbers. The series is 27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33 on a single-zero wheel.

A single chip is placed on the following splits: 5-8, 10-11, 13-16, 23-24, 27-30, and 33-36.

Voisins du zero, or simply voisins is another one of the popular call bets. It uses nine chips to cover the 17 numbers that lie between 22 and 25 on the wheel. Twenty-two and 25 are also covered. Two chips are placed on the 0-2-3 trio, on on the 4-7 split, one on the 12-15 split, one on the 18-21, one on 19-22, two on the 25-26-28-29 corner, and one on 32-35.

Orpehlins uses five chips to cover eight numbers not covered by tiers and voisins. A single chip is placed straight-up on 1, and one chip on the following splits: 6-9, 14-17, 17-20, and 31-34.

Jeu zero or zero game is a call bets that bets on the numbers closest to zero on the wheel. The zero game numbers are included in voisins but are placed differently.

Four chips are bet as follows. One on the 0-3 split, one on the 12-15 one on the 32-35, and one straight-up on 26.

What Are Full Completes or Maximums?

Complete bets or maximums are uncommon in most casinos, especially online casinos. They’re reserved for high rollers in prestigious casinos, such as in Monte Carlo.

Players announce this bet by saying “17 to the maximum” for example. This informs the croupier the player is betting the maximum on the number 17 and numbers near it. If that maximum bet is $1,000 on a straight-up number, the following bet takes place.

Bet type Number (s) bet on Chips Amount
Straight-up 17 1 $1,000
Split 14-17 2 $2,000
Split 16-17 2 $2,000
Split 17-18 2 $2,000
Split 17-20 2 $2,000
Street 16-17-18 3 $3,000
Corner 13-14-16-17 4 $4,000
Corner 14-15-17-18 4 $4,000
Corner 16-17-19-20 4 $4,000
Corner 17-18-20-21 4 $4,000
Six-line 13-14-15-16-17-18 6 $6,000
Six-line 16-17-18-19-20-21 6 $6,000

This monster-sized bet costs $40,000 but the potential payout is massive too. The player wins 392 chips in this example, or $392,000, if the chosen number wins!

Always adhere to bankroll management rules regardless of the bets you’re making. You can only win if you can bet, and can only bet if you have funds available!