There are many different types of roulette bets. The most famous are probably to bet on a single number (a so called straight bet) or to bet on Red or Black. Which bets that are available to you will depend on which roulette table you decide to patron, but there are a lot of similarities between American roulette, European Roulette and French Roulette. In this article, we will take a look at common roulette bets that can be good to know about before you start playing roulette.
A bet on a single number is known as a straight bet. The wager is placed on top of the number you wish to bet on, and if you’re correct you will be paid 35:1.
If you want to, you can split your bet over two numbers. Instead of betting $10 on a single number (a straight bet), you will split your $10 over two numbers that are adjacent to each other on the roulette table. Your $10 chip will be placed so that it straddles the line between the two numbers. If the ball lands on any of the numbers, you will get paid. However, since the bet is split, you will only get paid 17:1, not 35:1.
Street Bet / Line Bet
You can also elect to split your bet over multiple numbers. When you make a street bet / line bet, your chip is placed on the vertical line that separates the outside betting area from the inside betting area on the table layout. If the ball falls on any of the numbers in your “street” (row), you will be paid 11:1.
Corner Bet / Quad Bet
This is also a bet on multiple numbers. Your chip will be placed so that it touches the four corners of the numbers. The payout is 8:1.
If you wish to bet on the low numbers, i.e. 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3, you can make a basket bet. The payout for a basket bet is 6:1. (N.B! The double zero is not present on French and European wheels.)
A double street bet is similar to a street bet, but it is spread over six numbers and only pays 5:1. Just as for an ordinary street bet, your chip is placed on the line that separates the outside betting area from the inside betting area on the table layout. However, the chip will straddle the row above or below to distinguish it from a regular street bet.
As the name suggests, this is a bet split over twelve numbers. A dozen bet will always be on twelve consecutive numbers. You have three options: 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36. It is thus impossible to bet on a combination such as 5-16 using a dozen bet, or betting on twelve numbers that are not in consecutive order. Your chip will be placed in one of three boxes on the table layout (1st dozen, 2nd dozen or 3rd dozen.) The payout for a dozen bet is 2:1.
Just like dozens, a column bet is a bet on 12 numbers, but the numbers in a column bet are not in consecutive order. Instead, your wager will be placed on one of the three vertical columns found at the the table layout. Just like dozens, this bet pays 2:1.
Betting on halves means splitting your bet over 50% of the available numbers. One half is 1-18, the other half is 19-36. Since you are very likely to get it right, this bet only pays 1:1.
Red or Black
This is another bet that pays 1:1. On the roulette wheel, 0 and 00 are green, while all the other numbers are either black or red. There is thus 18 red numbers and 18 black numbers. If you want to bet on red, your chip is placed in the box Red on the table layout, and vice versa.
Odd or Even
Do you think the ball will drop on an odd number? Or on an even? Your chip will be placed in the corresponding box on the table layout and if you are right you will be payed 1:1. 0 and 00 are not considered odd nor even.