Each time you play roulette games, you have the opportunity to be as general or specific as you like. This means you can make inside bets, outside bets, or a combination of the two. The more specific you are, the greater the potential returns will be. The reason for this is that the roulette house edge will differ depending on the moves you make.
For example, a single number bet (straight up bet) is 37:1 against on a European roulette table. Therefore, if you win, you’ll receive a payout worth 35X your stake. Conversely, if you bet on red (which is basically a 50/50 wager), you stand to make a 1X profit. So, when it comes to tactics, you need to weigh up the roulette house edge, your risk tolerance, your potential returns and the size of your stake. Once you’ve considered all of these variables, you’ll be well placed to make the best roulette bets for you.
Roulette Inside Bets
In terms of potential returns, inside bets have the best payouts. However, as you’d expect, they’re also the most difficult to win because your predictions are extremely specific. In general, when you make an inside bet, you’ll either be betting on a single number or a small group of numbers rather than a general category such as red or black.
The main inside roulette bets are their associated payouts are:
Straight Up Bets aka a Single – These are bets on a single numbers and offer a 35:1 payout ratio.
Split Bet aka a Double - These are bets on two numbers and offer a 17:1 payout ratio.
Street Bet aka a Trio - These are bets on three numbers and offer a 11:1 payout ratio.
Corner Bet/Square Bet aka a Four-Number-Split - These are bets on four numbers and offer an 8:1 payout ratio.
Basket Bet - These are bets are only available on American Roulette tables and allow you to speculate on five numbers: zero, double zero, 1, 2, and 3. This bet offers a 6:1 payout ratio.
Double Street Bet aka Six-Number-Split - These are bets on six numbers (two streets combined) and offer a 5:1 payout ratio.
Roulette Outside Bets
Outside bets in roulette are where the categories come into play. As you’d expect, betting on general categories is less specific and, therefore, the roulette payouts for these wagers is lower than inside bets. However, the great thing about these options is that they have a better success rate. In other words, the roulette house edge is lower for outside bets. For example, a red/black wager is almost a 50/50 proposition as the house edge is 48.60% on a European table.
Therefore, if you’re a novice learning how to play roulette, you should consider the following outside bets as a starting point:
Red/Black – This bet allows you to predict whether the colour of the number will be red or black. The payout for a correct pick is 1:1.
Odd/Even – This bet allows you to predict whether the number will be odd or even. The payout for a correct pick is 1:1.
1-18 (Low) or 19-36 (High) - This bet allows you to predict whether the value of the number will be low (between 1 and 18) or high (between 19 to 36). The payout for a correct pick is 1:1.
Dozen Bet - This bet allows you to bet on a group of 12 numbers either in the first, second or third section of the board. The payout for a correct pick is 2:1.
Column Bet – Like a dozen bet, column bets allow you to cover 12 numbers with a single chip. This time, the numbers are arranged in columns running vertically across the board. The payout for a correct pick is 2:1.
Snake Bet – Another 12-number wager, roulette snake bets allow you to make a S shape across the board. To make a snake bet, you need to place chips on the following numbers: 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. As these are singles, the payout for a win is 35:1. However, because you’re staking 12 chips, you’re essentially getting a 2:1 payout when you win (i.e. 2:1 return on 12 chips is 36).
Roulette Called out Bets (Announced bets)
For those that like an exotic game, it’s possible to make alternative group bets. These are similar to dozens but cover a more diverse selection of numbers. Because these options aren’t always visible, you may have to announce them if you’re in a live casino or call up a submenu if you’re playing online. Because of this, they’re often known as announced bets.
Voisins du Zero aka Neighbours of Zero – This roulette bet covers 17 numbers either side of zero: 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25. The payout for this bet will differ depending on the number combinations that win. The maximum return is 17:1.
Jeu Zero aka Zero – This roulette bet covers seven numbers situated near to zero i.e. 0/3 12/15, 28 and 32/35. Because this wager combines splits and straight up bets, the payouts are 17:1 or 35:1.
Le Tiers du Cylindre aka Third of the Wheel – This roulette bet covers numbers on one-third of the wheel i.e. those that fall between 27 and 33. These numbers are: 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33. This bet splits numbers, which means the potential payout is 17:1.
Orphelins aka Orphans – This bet features numbers that aren’t covered by Voisins du Zero or Le Tiers du Cylindre i.e. 17, 34, 6 and 1, 20, 14, 31, 9. Because this is a mix of splits and straight up bets, the payouts are either 17:1 or 35:1.
Finale aka Final Bets – Only available in single zero roulette games, final bets allow you to cover numbers with the same final digit. For example, Finale 4 would cover four numbers ending in four e.g. 4, 14, 24, and 34. As singles, these wagers have a payout of 35:1.