Roulette is essentially a very simple game – a ball is spun around a numbered wheel and you bet on which number the ball will rest on. But many people are still somewhat overwhelmed by the number of bet types that players are able to place on any given spin. Here we give you the lowdown on the options you have, both for the “outside bets” (those placed on the outside of the layout with better odds but smaller payouts) and the “inside bets” (those placed on the inside, i.e. where the numbers are located, with bigger payouts, but smaller odds).
1 to 18 (Manque)
Simply a bet, paying at even money, that the ball will land on any number from 1 to 18.
19 to 36 (Passe)
As above but with the hope that the ball will land in any number from 19 to 36.
Odd or Even
Again paying evens, you are betting on whether the ball will land in an odd or even number; note if it lands in zero or double zero your bet will lose.
Red or Black
As above, but betting on the color of the number the balls rests in.
This is a bet on any of the thirds of non-zero numbers, 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36. Pays out at 2/1.
This bet covers all the non-zero numbers in any of the three columns, e.g. the numbers 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36 that make up the third column.
Effectively the same as a dozen, but this bet covers the following numbers: 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34, forming a vague shape of a snake.
Simply betting on a single number.
This is a bet placed on two adjacent numbers, with the chip placed on the line between them.
This is a bet on three numbers on a given horizontal line.
A bet on the four numbers that form a square, e.g. 29, 30, 32 and 33.
A bet on 0, 1, 2 and 3 (on a single-zero game) or either 0, 1 and 2, or 0, 00 and 2, or 00, 2 and 3 (on a double-zero game).
Betting on either 0, 1 and 2, or 0, 2 and 3 (single-zero only),
A bet that covers 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3 on a double-zero game.