Roulette Bets and Odds

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How to regularly profit by playing roulette? – This question mainly born in minds of beginners. Is there a direct and unequivocal answer to this question? - Even professional won’t be able to answer on that. The only thing that can be argued with high probability is the dependence of profit on knowledge and use of betting strategies. There are 11 roulette bets in Classic Roulette in total. Depending on the chances of success, the rates have different payout ratios. For example, the biggest win would be 35:1 (or 35 to 1), i.e. a win is 35 times your roulette bets if you bet on a specific number, but the chances of success are small 1/37. The smallest gain is for equals (1:1), but the probability of winning is 18/37, i.e. just below 50%.

In this article we will take a closer look at the odds and coefficients in roulette bets. You will learn the casino's edge on different types of roulette bets. All this will help you to form a perfect betting strategy for the game.

The most important thing to know is that it is impossible to beat the casino at roulette or win at a casino at a long run. All game systems only discipline the player and allow to avoid mistakes. It’s real to win in the short run, but it’s impossible to make money constantly. Roulette is a great entertainment that can generate a one-time income. Player need to understand that clearly.

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Types Of Roulette Bets Available In-Game

A lot of things in the outcome of the roulette game depend not only on tactics, but also on a competent choice of bets, which in case of a win significantly increases the amount of profit. Traditionally, most players prefer betting on these two types:

  • Inside bets - bets with a payout ratio greater than 2:1
  • Outside bets - bets with a payout ratio of 1:1 and 2:1

Inside Roulette Bets

Roulette Bets Name of the Roulette bets Roulette Odds Casino advantage in American Roulette bets Casino advantage in French Roulette bets
on 1 number Straight up / En plein 35:1 5,26% 2,7%
on 2 numbers Split Bet / Cheval 17:1 5,26% 2,7%
on 3 numbers Street Bet / Transversale 11:1 5,26% 2,7%
on 4 numbers Corner / Carre 8:1 5,26% 2,7%
on 5 numbers  Five Numbers / - 6:1 7,89% -
on 6 numbers  Line Bet / Sixainne 5:1 5,26% 2,7%


Outside Roulette Bets

Name of the Roulette bets Roulette Odds Casino advantage in American Roulette bets Casino advantage in French Roulette bets
Column / Colonne 2:1 5.26% 2.70%
Dozen / Douzaine 2:1 5.26% 2.70%
Red or Black / Noir - Rouge 1:1 5.26%(*) 2.70%(*)
Even or Odd / Impair - Pair 1:1 5.26%(*) 2.70%(*)
Low or High / Manque - Passe 1:1 5.26%(*) 2.70%(*)


Note 1: Special Rules

In roulette, there are special rules that apply only to the last 3 bets on the table (they are marked with a (*)). These comments apply to cases where the ball has dropped to zero. There are several options here.

  • Rule "En Prison": a player loses only half of his bet when rolls out 0 (only for European Roulette)
  • Rule of "Surrender": a player loses half of his roulette bet when 0 drops (only for American Roulette)
  • The rule of "La Partage": the player loses half of the bet with a roll of 0 (only for French roulette bets)

These three rules reduce the casino advantage by exactly 2 times: up to 1.35% in the European and up to 2.63% in the American roulette bets.

Note 2: Verbal bets

There are also verbal bets in European Roulette.

How many players can place roulette bets?

Several players can play at the same roulette table, all of them play independently of each other. It can be said that every player plays against the casino.

In conclusion, it is worth noting that focusing on only one type of bet is unreasonable. That is why, advising beginners, professionals recommend alternating tactics and strategies for playing roulette. In addition, you should always keep in mind the size of a personal bankroll: if it is small, then it is better not to make large bets. You should risk only in those cases where there is confidence that the risk is justified. May the luck be with you!

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