When it comes to understanding the intricacies of the game of roulette it is important to identify and familiarize yourself with all the table bets.

The Basics

Roulette is played on the wheel, but it is also played on the table. Understanding the different roulette table bets could be the difference between scoring some major wins and real money or losing out.

Roulette has a number of variations including French Roulette, American Roulette and European Roulette. No matter which variation you find yourself playing; the same table rules will still apply. This popular table game has been around since the 17th century and has an impressive online following.

This post is focused on helping you understand how the different roulette bets work and which strategies can best be used once you are familiar with each rule and each bet.

The different roulette bets

There are essentially two categories of bets involved in a roulette game these are inside bets and outside bets. These bets will both affect your game strategy once you begin your roulette gameplay. However, before you can start to use them in your gameplay strategy it is important to understand what they are and how they work.

Inside bets 

These are the bets located on the “inside” section of the roulette table. To put it simply, these are the bets that are considered outcome-specific bets. For example, placing your chip on a specific number would be considered and inside bet as it places a wager on a specific outcome occurring. Inside bets carry a higher risk factor as such they payout more than their outside counterpart. Although they do pay higher values, they are also harder to strike than outside bets. Wagering on these kinds of bets is best suitable for those players who are willing to face more risks and have higher stakes to wager.

There are plenty of different inside bets that you can make during roulette gameplay. These are:

  • Straight bets 

Straight bets are those bets that consist of putting a chip on a single number column on the roulette table with the payout odds for this bet sitting at 35:1. An example of a straight bet is placing your chip on a red 12. In order to win this kind of bet, the ball on the wheel has to land on a red 12. As such the ball needs to land on the same “number” and “color” for a win to occur.

  • Split bets

This is essentially a double-straight bet and consists of placing your bet on two adjoining numbers, e.g. a 15 and 16 would be adjacent numbers. These bets payout at a ratio of 17:1.

  • Street Bets

Also, on the inner section of the roulette table with a payout of 11:1, street bets consist of three numbers that appear right after the other, e.g. 7, 8, 9.

  • Corner bets 

These work similarly to street bets however instead of three numbers you are betting on four numbers. The bet is made up of four numbers placed on the corner of the wheel that touch each other You can expect a payout of 8:1 for this kind of bet.

  • Five bets

These bets include betting on the first 5 numbers of the roulette wheel, which are 0, 00, 1, 2, & 3. This of course applies only for American Roulette as French Roulette only has a set of one zero. The winning payout ratio for this bet is 6:1

  • Line bets

Finally, the sixth and final inside bet is the line bet which includes two rows that contain three numbers each, the bet is made by putting a chip at the end of the two rows. Expect a payout ratio of 5:1 for this kind of bet.

 Outside bets 

The second category of bets on the roulette table is outside bets.

These bets are not made on specific outcomes but rather on a kind of outcome occurring. Unlike inside bets, outside bets don’t require the ball to land on a specific number or color to result in a payout. As such, these kinds of bets tend to be low risk and players with little experience or those who don’t wish to bet high stakes can play a successful game of roulette by just implementing outside bets. This is often referred to as a conservative gameplay. There are five types of outside bets in roulette:

  • Column Bets

This bet uses a column of 12 numbers covering about 1/3 of the roulette wheel. The payout for this bet is 2:1.

  • Dozen Bets

This allows players to bet 12 numbers on a spin. This consists of the 1st 12 box, the 2nd 12 box and the 3rd 12 box. The payout ratio is 2:1

  • Bet on Color

This outside bet allows players to bet on all numbers based on their colors, either red & black. The payout ratio is at 1:1 as this is considered one of the most basic bets.

  • Bet on odd or even

This bet speaks for itself; the roulette wheel consists of even and negative numbers. This bet allows you to place a bet on either or both outcomes with a payout ratio of 1:1.

  • Bet on low or high

This bet allows you to bet on all the high or low numbers categorized from 1-18 and 19 to 36, the winning payout is also at 1:1 and allows you to cover the entire wheel.

Roulette is a pure game of luck, just like Bingo and slot machines. If you wish to try something classic, but more skill-based, play Blackjack. Other skill-based options include the unique driving game, Mega Money Rush, and the famous dice game, Craps.