Roulette is a fun game to play, whether it’s by yourself online or live with other players. But it can be sort of tricky to learn at first with all the different types of bets you can make – especially if you play live.
The challenge with playing live is that many of your bets are made as the wheel is spinning. If you don’t know what bets you can make, how to make them, or how they work, you might slow the game down. Then the other players will know you’re a beginner. Some people might find that embarrassing.
So it’s a good idea to have a solid understanding of the types of roulette bets you can make before you hit the casino. Even if you’re playing online, you’ll still want to know what you’re doing – what you’re betting on and why you’re betting it.
It also helps to know the odds, payouts, and house edge of each roulette bet. That way you can make an educated choice about how much risk to take and know how much money you stand to win/lose.
Those are the exact things this page is going to help you with.
If you do some Googling, you’ll see different websites say that there are sixteen types of roulette bets.
Well, we counted more than that. First, you have your inside and outside bets. You can make these on every roulette wheel. Then you have your call bets, which are available only on European and French wheels. Then there are a couple of unique bets that are casino-specific rather than game-specific.
The following list includes all the types of roulette bets we could find, along with whatever details we could dig up, including odds, payouts, and how to specifically make each bet.
The list starts with the best roulette bets you can make. These are the easiest to understand and make, and the least expensive. Then, as you make your way down the list, things get a bit harder and more expensive.
Let’s get started.
These are bets made on the perimeter of the roulette table. They are made on groups of numbers or colors instead on a specific number.
Simple. You’re making a bet on whether a red number or a black number will win. These are marked “red” or “black” on the table.
This is an even money bet (1:1). But because of the 0 or 00 on the wheel – neither of which are black OR red – your odds of winning are less than 50/50. This is where the casino gets their advantage.
You’re betting on whether an even or odd number is selected. This is marked as “even” and “odd” on the table.
This too is an even money bet, but because of the 0 and 00, you don’t have 50/50 odds of winning.
You’re betting on whether the number selected will fall within 1-18 (low) or 19-36 (high). Both are even money bets.
This is a bet on the outcome being a number within one of the three columns of twelve numbers that span the longest side of the roulette table.
Each column pays 2:1, or double your bet.
This bet covers a dozen numbers, too. But, in order:
Each dozen pays 2:1, or double your bet.
Inside bets cover picks made from inside the rectangle where all the numbers are. There are a few different bets you can make.
This is a bet on any number. You can pick 1, 7, 13, 0, etc. If the ball lands on your number, you win. If it doesn’t, you lose. Simple. Each straight bet pays 35:1.
This is the opposite of a straight bet. Instead of betting on one number, you’re placing a bet on the line that separates two numbers. If either number comes up, you win. Examples of wagers you can make include: 1|2, 2|5, 13|14, 13|16, 25|26, 26|27, 27|30. As long as the two numbers sit next to each other, you can split a bet between them. This pays 17:1.
This is a bet on any number within a row of three numbers. For example:
If the ball lands on any number within the trio, you’re paid 11:1. These bets are also called trio or steam bets.
This bet is similar to the split bet. But instead of two numbers, you’re betting that one of four numbers will come up. These numbers also need to touch (to form a square). Here are a few examples:
These are also called four-number or square bets. They pay 8:1.
These are similar to streets bets, but instead of covering one row of three numbers, you cover two rows of three numbers. For example:
The numbers need to be on two consecutive rows. These are also called six-number bets. The payoff is 5:1.
This is a wager on the group of numbers: 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. These are the only numbers included in this bet. The house pays 6:1 if you win and has a 13.16% probability of winning.
These odds make it one of the worst roulette bets you can make. This is also called a “top line” bet.
This is a bet on the numbers 0-1-2-3. It’s also called a “first four” bet. This pays 6:1.
This is a unique bet that covers the numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. This bet gets its name from the snake-like pattern you get when you highlight these numbers.
This pays 2:1.
Call bets are only available on European and French roulette tables. This means you won’t find these at every (online) casino.
What makes these different from the bets above is that they’re “called out” or “announced” instead of placing your money on the table.
In some cases, calling out your bets may also mean you’re gambling on credit. This is illegal in some parts of the world.
Here are the different call bets you can make.
The translation is “neighbors of zero.” This bet covers the numbers closest to the 0 on a single-0 roulette wheel – the seventeen numbers that lie between (and include) 22 and 25. This includes 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25.
This bet requires a minimum of nine chips. Two chips are placed on the 0, 2, 3 trio, one on the 4/7 split, one on 12/15, one on 18/21, one on 19/22, two on 25/26/28/29 corner, and one on 32/35.
This means “zero game.” You’re playing for the numbers closest to zero, which include 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15.
This bet requires four chips. Three chips are placed on splits (0/3, 12/15, 32/35) and one chip is bet straight up (26).
This bet’s popular in German and European casinos and is often offered as a five-piece bet. One variation, called “zero spiel naca,” included an additional bet – a straight-up bet on 19.
This means “thirds of the wheel.” This includes the twelve numbers on the opposite side of the wheel between (and including) 27 and 33. On a single-zero wheel, this includes the numbers 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33. Six chips are wagered; one chip is placed on each of the following splits: 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, and 33/36.
In some South African casinos, there’s a “Series 5/8” variation that includes the following (split) wagers: 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, and 33/36.
There’s also another variation called “Tier 5, 8, 10, 11.” This has an additional bet made straight up on 5, 8, 10, and 11 – making it a ten-piece bet overall.
And another variation is called “giocco/Giocco Ferrari” which is a straight-up bet on 8, 11, 23, and 30.
These are the numbers that make up the two slices of the wheel outside of the Tiers and Voisins bets. It includes eight numbers: 17, 34, 6, 1, 20, 14, 31, and 9.
Five bets are placed on four splits and one straight up. The straight-up bet is 1, and the splits include 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, and 31/34.
This is a more confusing bet. This is a number backed with two numbers on either side of it in a five-piece bet. According to Wikipedia:
Last, any of the bets covered above (call bets) may be combined with “…and the neighbors” bet.
This is a bet made on a single-zero roulette wheel. You’re making a bet on the “final” digit.
For example, if you make a “final 4” bet, you’re betting on all numbers that end in 4 – 4, 14, 24, and 34. If you make a final 7 bet, you’re betting on all numbers that end in 7 – 7, 17, and 27.
Here’s all the final bet options:
The number of units depends on the final bet you make. Some casinos even offer split-final bets. You could bet on 5/8. This would look like one piece each on the splits 5/8, 15/18, 25/28, and 35.
The most common way of saying final bet is finaal bet – or finaal 4, finaal 7 or split-finaal 5/8.
This bet takes all the inside bets and puts them on a specific number. This bet is most common in high-roller casinos.
It can be hard to wrap your head around this bet at first. But the idea is to take advantage of the table’s max betting limit using a progressive betting model. We’ll use Wikipedia’s example.
Say there’s a $1,000 max for straight-up bets. That means a player could bet:
Every piece would be represented by a token that identifies the player and the amount wagered.
Now, say the player wanted to make a complete bet on 17. Every bet with 17 in it would be included. He would call out “17 to the maximum.”
This specific bet would require forty units or $40,000. This is what it would look like if each bet were placed manually:
|Bet Type||Number(s) Bet On||Pieces||Amount Waged|
|Street||17, 16, 18||3||$3,000|
|Corner||17, 16, 13, 14||4||$4,000|
|Corner||17, 18, 14, 15||4||$4,000|
|Corner||17, 16, 19, 20||4||$4,000|
|Corner||17, 18, 20, 21||4||$4,000|
|Six Line||17, 16, 18, 13, 14, 15||6||$6,000|
|Six Line||17, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21||6||$6,000|
|Total Bets Placed||40||$40,000|
The payout for this bet would be $392,000.
Here are the number of pieces (or units) required and paid out for the other complete bets you can make:
What’s unique about this type of roulette bet is that nothing’s ever placed on the table. Not in the high-level European casinos. Both the gaming staff and the customers know what the bets and payouts are. So all the croupiers do is acknowledge and repeat the bet (for both the table inspector/floor person and customer) and then announce the payout in the same manner if/when the players win.
In some casinos, players can make full complete bets, but for less than the table’s straight-up max bet. For example, instead of $1,000, a player could do a “number 17 full complete by $25,” which would cost $1,000 – a forty-piece bet at $25 each.
French roulette is unique in that it includes a variation where you can get half your bet back. It’s called the half-back rule.
What this means is that if the player makes an even money bet (red, black, odd, even, 1-18, 19-36) and the ball lands on zero, the player gets half his bet back. This is called “la partage” in French.
You can find this game in high-limit rooms in Las Vegas, but with a slight twist.
Rather than lose half their bet, the player may choose to “imprison” the bet. If the imprisoned bet wins on the next spin, the player gets it back, but without the winnings of the normal bet.
It varies from casino to casino. The bet loses at some casinos, while at others, it can be double imprisoned. If the next bet won, the double-imprisoned bet would move up a level and become a single-imprisoned bet again.
The number of levels of imprisonment can go on as long as the casino’s willing to take it.
That covers all the different roulette bets you can make. Now that we’re done, here’s what we suggest you do next.
Open a roulette table in one window while you have this page open in another. Then work your way down our list of bets. Make a straight bet and spin the wheel, make a corner bet and spin the wheel, and so on until you’re familiar with all the bets.
Do that for a few sessions, and you’ll be ready for real money action.