Betting in Roulette game precedes a spin of the wheel, with the aim of correctly predicting which number and / or colors a ball introduced to the wheel will ultimately land on. Roulette offers a number of betting combinations with different odds according to risk.
The main bets are:
|NAME||DESCRIPTION OF BET||ODDS|
|Straight Bets||A bet on a single number||35 to 1|
|Split Bets||A bet on two adjacent numbers||17 to 1|
|Street Bets||A bet on any 3 numbers on a horizontal line||11 to 1|
|Square Bets||A bet on a block of 4 numbers||8 to 1|
|Line Bets||A bet on six numbers, comprising two adjacent rows||5 to 1|
|Column Bets||A bet on one of 3 vertical columns||2 to 1|
|Dozen Bets||A bet on 12 numbers, being high, middle or low||2 to 1|
|High or Low Bet||A bet on either the high or low 18 numbers||1 to 1|
|Even Bets||Any bet on even/odd, red/black and low/
|1 to 1|
There are also Neighbour (or ‘Voisin’) bets that are placed on the oval-shaped area of the table marked with the same number sequence as appears on the Roulette wheel (‘the Racetrack’). The racetrack allows players to quickly place a group of bets on single numbers that follow (hence ‘neighbour’) each other on the wheel.
The all- important zero rule of European Roulette is that, if this is where the ball comes to rest on the spin, all wagers on bets with evens odds (i.e. High or Low and Evens Bets) are lost.
Having a ‘0’ and ‘00’ on the wheel means the odds are slightly less favourable to players than European Roulette, however the usual zero / double zero rule is like French Roulette in that players of evens bets only lose half their wager on this outcome.
The other difference that arises from having a ‘00’ on the wheel is that American Roulette players can place a Five Bet – this bet can be made in only one place on the table and covers five numbers: ‘0’, ‘00’, ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ with odds of 6 to 1.
Playing Roulette online is incredibly simple but playing a UK casino’s free play version of the game (if one is available) is always a useful starting point if you’re new to the software being used, getting you used to the player controls ahead of making some ‘real money’ bets.